Additional World Pool dates in 2023

23 April 2023

World Pool is now in its fifth year, having started at Royal Ascot in 2019. World Pool is a collaboration of 28 pool betting operators from around the globe. During a World Pool event certain pools operated by the UK Tote, and other Totes from around the globe, are notionally commingled with pools operated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club to create a “World Pool”.  This results in enormous liquidity, and a multi-million pound betting experience and better value for the customer. World Pool is proving increasingly popular with horseracing fans and is generating new funds and significant financial returns for British and Irish racing via media rights for participating racecourses which is in turn being put into prizemoney increases.

Key Statistics for 2023

  • 25 World Pool Days in 7 countries - UK, Ireland, Germany, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Australia with more to be added in future
  • 28 countries commingling to create World Pool events
  • 18 days in UK and Ireland, up from 17 in 2022
  • 126 races across UK and Irish World Pool events
  • £650 million global turnover across World Pool days in 2022
  • £521 million into the UK and Irish World Pool pools in 2022 – up 44% on 2022
  • 5 British Racecourses hosting World Pool events
  • 2 Irish Racecourses hosting World Pool events
  • £31.4 million in Prize Money across the 18 UK and Irish World Pool events – up 11% on 2022
  • £100,000+ in prizes on offer to racing staff for World Pool Moment of the Day and Year
  • 7 Tote bet types included in World Pool events
  • 7+ runners needed in a race for all bet types to be available


UK and Irish World Pool events in 2023

The 18 World Pool days in the British and Irish race calendar in 2023 are as follows:

  • QIPCO 2000 Guineas Day – Newmarket Rowley Mile Racecourse, Saturday 6th May
  • Al Shaqab Lockinge – Newbury Racecourse, Saturday, 20th May[1]
  • Derby Day – Epsom Downs Racecourse, Saturday 3rd June
  • Royal Ascot – Ascot Racecourse, Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th June
  • Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby – The Curragh, Saturday 2nd July
  • QIPCO King George Diamond Day – Ascot Racecourse, Saturday 29th July
  • Qatar Goodwood Festival - Goodwood Racecourse, Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd August
  • Sky Bet Ebor Festival – York Racecourse, Wednesday 23rd to Friday 25th August
  • Longines Irish Champions Day – Leopardstown, Saturday 9th September
  • QIPCO British Champions Day – Ascot Racecourse, Saturday 21st October


World Pool supporting British and Irish racing

Not only does World Pool help further internationalise the sport and shine the global spotlight on participating racecourses, it also generates vital betting revenue and increased media rights for the sport, in the region of £500,000 - £800,000 a day.[2] World Pool is a key part of the future sustainable funding of the sport.

Betting into World Pool

World Pool is accessed via the UK Tote. Bets can be placed on World Pool events at the racecourse, online at – or for Irish customers - as well as at the Tote App or via bookmakers, the majority of whom accept Tote bets online and in shops.

There is incredible value to be found in World Pool given the size of the pools created and the diversity of views from racing fans all over the globe: For example:

  • The Win price beat the Starting Price in 25 of the 35 races at Royal Ascot in 2022 (and was matched on the remaining 10 via its Tote Guarantee)
  • If you placed a £10 bet on all winners across the 17 World Pool days with Tote+ in 2022 it would have generated £2,333 more with the Tote than placing those bets at Industry SP
  • The Tote’s typical overround online on a World Pool day is c.106%, versus c.115-130% with bookmakers, and due to the Tote’s pool betting business model, as opposed to a bookmaker, it can welcome winning customers and never restricts customers for winning
  • With diverse opinions, and horses and jockeys from around the world competing, there are always interesting betting angles and odds to be found on World Pool days 

The seven bet types in World Pool are:

  • Win (Single Leg bet) – Pick the winner of the race
  • Place (Single Leg bet) – Pick a horse to be placed. Hong Kong place terms apply
  • Exacta (Single Leg bet) – Pick the first two horses in the correct order 
  • Trifecta (Single Leg bet) – Also known as the Tierce. Select the winner, the second, and the third horse in the correct order
  • Quinella (Single Leg bet) – Select the first two finishers in either order
  • Swinger (Single Leg bet) – Also known as the Quinella Place, pick two horses to finish first, second or third in any order
  • Treble (Multi Leg bet) – Pick the first horse in the last three races 


The place terms for World Pool for all races are determined by the number of declared runners and are as follows:

  • 1-4 declared runners: no place pool
  • 5 or 6 declared runners: 1st and 2nd. Void if less than 4 actual runners
  • 7 to 20 declared runners: 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 3 places remain for 5 or 6 actual runners. Void if less than 5 actual runners.
  • 21 or more declared runners: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. 4 places remain for 20 or less actual runners


World Pool Moment of the Day and Year

There is £100,000+ available in prizes for World Pool Moment of the Day/Year. Each winning member of racing staff from this season’s 25 global World Pool days will have the chance to be named World Pool Moment of the Year and win a VIP trip for four to Hong Kong for either the 2024 Hong Kong Derby or 2024 FWD Champions Day. 


For more information, please visit and follow @WorldPool


[1] Two races from Newbury Racecourse will be World Pool events for the first time - the BetVictor London Cup and the G1. Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes.

[2] “The World Pool days produce a major additional income for racecourses like Ascot – between £500,000 - £800,000 per race day which makes a major difference to the bottom line.” Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of Hong Kong Jockey Club, October 2021




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