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What is a Quinella? – How to place a Quinella bet

Last updated: 30 Nov 2021
Bets.com.au Staff 30 Nov 2021
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  • A Quinella bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least three or more runners.
How to place a Quinella Bet
A Quinella Bet requires punters to select the first two runners home in any order. (Getty)

What is a Quinella? – How to place a Quinella bet

To successfully win a Quinella, you must predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in any order.

There are many ways to place a Quinella bet, with punters being able to choose from a minimum of two runners up to the maximum of the field size.


You can place Quinella bets with most bookmakers which include TAB, Bet365, PlayUp and Unibet whilst some bookmakers do offer fixed odds Quinella bets.

Below are the Quinella betting options:


Placing a Standard Quinella involves selecting the first two placegetters past the post and they can come in any order.


A BoxED Quinella allows punters to combine as many runners as they desire for their Quinella bet. 

Providing two of the selections finish 1st and 2nd, your Quinella bet is successful.


Like the chances of one runner in particular? Then a Banker Quinella is an option.

Stand out your Banker for first and then select as many runners as you like for the second runner. 

As long as your Banker wins and any of the other selections finishes second, the Quinella bet will pay.


Via Multiple Quinella, you are able to nominate as many runners as you like for each placing. 

For example, you can take four runners for 1st or 2nd, and seven runners to fill the other placing. 

Take not that more selections added will incrue a bigger cost for a 100 percent unit.


If one or more of your selections are declared non-runners or are scratched after you have placed your wager, money will be refunded on every combination that includes the scratched selection.

Quinella Betting FAQ

What is a Quinella bet?

A quinella bet is when a punter attempts to find the first two runners past the post in a greyhound, harness or thoroughbred race.

How much does a Quinella bet cost?

For two selections, a Quinella will cost $1 for 100% or 1 unit.

Adding a third selections brings the total cost up to $3 for 100% and a fourth runner will make it $6 for 100%.

How much can a Quinella bet pay?

Like most exotics, Quinella bet will pay dependent on the respective runners odds.

In the 2019 Melbourne Cup won by Vow And Declare with Prince Of Arran running second, the quinella paid $175.80.

How to place a Quinella bet?

Placing a Quinella bet requires a punter to select both the 1st and 2nd runners home in any order.

Bookmakers offer markets for Quinella bets providing there's at least three or more runners.

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