The Tote Ten to Follow is back for the jumps season and gives you a chance to win £150,000 by selecting you ten jumps stars of the season. It’s important to find those big-race winners if you’re to have a chance of Tote Ten to Follow glory and Andrew Mount has dug out ten, that he believes will contribute to a successful stable
Along with the points earned from wining results, there are 25 bonus races, offering an additional 25 points awarded to winners, and 12 points are awarded to the runners-up in each race. The list of bonus race and scoring details are as follows…
The bonus races are:
• Betfair Chase
• Ladbrokes Trophy (Hennessy)
• Tingle Creek
• King George VI
• Welsh National
• Savills Chase (Leopardstown Lexus Chase)
• Irish Champion Hurdle
• Irish Gold Cup
• Betfair Hurdle (formerly Tote Gold Trophy, Schweppes etc)
• Champion Hurdle
• Queen Mother Champion Chase
• RSA Chase
• World Hurdle
• Ryanair Chase
• County Hurdle
• Gold Cup
• Betfred Bowl
• Aintree Hurdle
• Melling Chase
• Liverpool Stayers Hurdle
• Grand National
• Irish National
• Scottish National
• Bet365 Celebration Chase
CLAN DES OBEAUX
CLAN DES OBEAUX slammed Cyrname by 21 lengths in last season’s King George and, while his stablemate will be a much tougher nut to crack this year on the evidence of his comeback Charlie Hall win, he should not be underestimated. The eight-year-old dislikes Cheltenham, finishing unplaced in the last two Gold Cups, but if we knock out his runs at that venue and ignore his seasonal debuts, his record over fences becomes 1514131121 (6-10).
DANNY WHIZZBANG started his chase career with a Grade 2 Newbury from Reserve Tank and, though failing to live up to that promise in his two subsequent outings, they came in the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase and the Grade 2 Reynoldstown Chase. He underwent wind surgery over the summer and looks one to follow closely.
KNIGHT IN DUBAI
Progeny of Dubai Destination are profitable to follow over fences when the ground is soft or heavy and KNIGHT IN DUBAI contributed with wins at Bangor and Doncaster on his first two starts last term. He unseated at the Cheltenham festival in a field of 20 runners when last seen but had only had five runs over fences and is open to plenty of improvement.
MAIN FACT made it eight wins in a row when scoring on the Flat at Nottingham on November 4th and is unbeaten in five starts over hurdles since making his debut for the David Pipe yard. He’s gone up 15lb since his latest jumps success but whose to say he can’t do a Make A Stand and progress from handicaps to Champion Hurdle class?
I used to think I had NUTS WELL down to a tee – he’s not the biggest horse and seemed most effective in small fields. His three handicap hurdle wins came in fields of seven, five and four runners and his first three chase victories in fields of five, five and four. He confounded me with his Class 2 Musselburgh win in a field of 14 runners on New Year’s Day and has improved massively since, landing the Old Roan Chase off topweight in October. Ann Hamilton’s nine-year-old is likely to remain underrated and could pick up another big race or two.
Matthew Smith’s versatile seven-year-old finish second in a Grade 1 novices’ chase and the Grade 1 Stayers’ Hurdle last season, with the latter effort particularly impressive as he reportedly lost a shoe and was struck into. It’s over two years since he last finished outside of the first four and he looks the type to pick up plenty of bonus points.
SAINT CALVADOS improved following wind surgery last season, scoring gamely over 2m on heavy ground at Cheltenham on his comeback and signing off with a neck second to Min in the Ryanair Chase. At the time of writing he held entries in the Betfair Chase and The King George and, looking at his pedigree, there’s every chance that he could improve again when stepped up to 3m+.
SKANDIBURG was massively impressive in landing a Pertemps Qualifier at Aintree last November, forging clear at the finish and putting almost 19 lengths between himself and third-placed Rosy World despite that one holding every chance two out. He justified favouritism in a hot 3m handicap hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, though he didn’t look entirely happy on the track and made very hard work of it. He could only finish mid-division in the Pertemps Final but will be very interesting on easier courses this term. He finished a 14-length last of four at Fakenham on his chase debut but that experience was clearly needed.
SPYGLASS HILL has twice pulled up since racing resumed in the summer but had excuses – a bad mistake knocked the stuffing out of him in the Galway Plate and he was badly hampered by a faller at Listowel. He was very unlucky when 14-1 for a Grade 3 chase at Naas last season, falling when in with every chance two out, and proved that was no fluke with a smooth success at Gowran Park next time. He has shown a tendency to jump out to his left on occasions and is likely to appreciate racing left-handed at the likes of Leopardstown, Naas and Navan.
WORTHY FARM looked a dour stayer when coming from the back to score on heavy ground in first-time blinkers at Wincanton last Boxing Day, tactics that are not easy to pull off at that pace-favouring venue. He battled to another Wincanton victory in January – this time on soft going – and can be forgiven his comeback defeat at the same venue where the steady early pace and good ground didn’t suit. It looks a case of the bigger the field the better – and though yet to win on a left-handed track he could develop into a Welsh and Scottish National candidate.
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