14th Nov 2012 | Horse Racing
Ten To Follow: Jumps Racing 2012/13
£250,000 is up for grabs in the Tote Ten To Follow competition. Our racing pundit discusses his selections.
How To Play
To compete in the Ten to Follow competition select 10 horses from a list of 400. Points are awarded according to the number and value of races won by each horse in your stable. There are also a number of bonus races throughout the season. A full explanation of the rules is available here.
There is a guaranteed minimum dividend payout of £250,000 to the overall winner, with prizes for the top-10 points scorers.
The competition runs from Friday 16 November 2012 to Saturday 6 April 2013.
To Enter the Ten To Follow competition you need a betting account with Totesport .
Closing date for entries is midnight on 30 November 2012.
Betting Bias Ten To Follow Selections
1. Sprinter Sacre &
2. Big Buck’s
Their festival races carry bonus points and they are likely to go through the season unbeaten. The bankers of the stable.
3. Oscar Whiskey
Targeting a third Aintree Hurdle and will be difficult to beat in that race. He won four races last season and is likely to be campaigned in the same manner.
4. First Lieutenant
Has a fair chance in the Hennessy but even if he fails at Newbury there are plenty of weak 3-mile chases in Ireland he can win.
No horse won more races in Ireland than he did last season. A potential Gold Cup candidate, he could rack up a series of victories before taking the big one at Cheltenham.
6. Cue Card
Put in an excellent performance to win the Haldon Gold Cup, enough to make him a lively contender for the King George. Has the option of dropping back in trip for the Ryanair Chase at the Festival.
Looks the one to beat in the International Hurdle. Win that and he is on course for the Champion Hurdle in which he was 5th last year.
Won four races in a row last season and acted as a good back-up to Hurricane Fly - winning easy Grade 2 races in Ireland. Adaptable in trip he could mop up several 20k races over the winter.
I’ve generally steered clear of novices because it is difficult to judge how they will progress but Simonsig looks the exception. He was terrific when winning at the Cheltenham Festival and if he follows in the footsteps of Nicky Henderson’s Sprinter Sacre, he could collect three wins on the way to the Arkle.
10. Arvika Ligeonniere
To beat the crowd you need something a bit different in your stable and I hope my star turn is Arvika Ligeonniere. He’s struggled with injury but proved his talent when romping home at Punchestown in May. He is a classy individual and if he stays fit he could win the RSA Chase.
Odds correct at time of publishing: 12:03 14th Nov, 2012 but subject to change