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As the Transfer Window for the Tote Ten To Follow opens on Monday 9th August, it’s time to consider which changes are necessary to your stable.

There are plenty of ways to approach our nine-day opening to swap out two horses from your team to best tackle the leaderboard, but we’ve picked out four things to consider when planning your second half of the season.

Don’t be afraid to bin big scorers

Many players may feel reluctant to transfer out horses who have scored big points for them during the season, but the Ten To Follow isn’t a competition for sentimentality. As the season develops horses will peak at different times, 3yos will develop quicker than others and early year form doesn’t necessarily guarantee winners in the autumn.

Last year, our overall winner subbed out two of his top three scorers prior to the Transfer Window, which proved a smart move with neither Hello Youmzain or Circus Maximus scoring a single point after they were given the elbow.

In fact, of the 17 bonus race winners prior to 2020’s Transfer Window, 12 failed to win a race that season after the close of the window, while 9 didn’t even pick up another point.

Distance is key

While the Nunthorpe Stakes over 5f is one of our next opportunities to land a bonus race, it’s one of only three Group 1s over the trip left in the UK, Ireland or France during the competition period. Of the seven remaining bonus races, five of them come at distances between a mile and 1m4f, so keeping a keen eye on horses racing of these distances looks the way to go.

The likes of Snowfall, St Mark’s Basilica and Mishriff look likely to take part in two, possibly three bonus races between now and the end of the season, so are sure to be popular substitutes into players’ stables.

Hello Youmzain

On the other hand, it might be time to ditch the older stayers. The only bonus race at further than 1m4f is the St Leger, restricted to three-year-olds, while the Irish Leger and two races in France are the only two open to older horses at Group 1 level.

Fillies focus is no bad thing

Alcohol Free’s Sussex Stakes victory showed that the fillies can often be well-treated getting a weight allowance from the colts and geldings when they clash. Of the remaining bonus races, fillies and mares have won 31% of those races in the past decade, with the Arc (7/10) and Nunthorpe (6/10) particularly good to them.

Even outside of the bonus races, the opportunities for the fillies and mares to bag big points is far greater. While the males have 18 Group 1 opportunities in UK, Ireland and France between now and the end of the competition, the fillies and mares have 25, with seven top-level contests restricted to their own sex. 

Don’t overlook the French

While targeting the bonus races should be the number one priority for players, if you think you’ve got the 50-point races covered, a look to the continent shouldn’t be dissuaded. As well as the Arc, there are nine Group 1 contests remaining in France during the game period for 3-year-olds and up, as well as more than a dozen Group 2 and Group 3 contests.

The likes of Persian King, Wooded and Skalleti all picked up more than 30 points after the close of the transfer window last year, and with the potential for UK and Irish horses to be less likely to make the trip this season due to the complications travel restrictions present, they could get a clearer run at things for their own prizes.

Skalleti

The Tote Ten To Follow Transfer Window opens at 11am on Monday 9th August and closes at 11am on Wednesday 18th August. Players are able to substitute two horses from their stable for replacements in this window.


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