Before players can add to their Tote Ten To Follow stable during this mid-season Transfer Window, they must first decide on the horses to take out.
With the option to substitute two horses between now and 11am on Thursday 18th August, there’s still a chance to make up ground on those higher up the leaderboard.
Tactical subs out, as well as those in, could play a massive part in the rest of the competition. We’ve picked out five of the 10 most-selected horses who might be worth ditching for the second half of the season.
Picked by 6,435 stables (4th highest)
Tipped up throughout last winter as a real Derby contender, and indeed, backed into antepost favouritism for the Epsom Classic, the Beresford Stakes winner hasn’t cut the mustard this season.
Aidan O’Brien’s colt was a solid third behind Hurricane Lane in the Dante but flopped badly in France for the Prix de Jockey Club. He may yet bounce back, being trained by an absolute master, but with the Group 2 Great Voltigeur his next step despite no St Leger entry it doesn’t scream confidence from the Ballydoyle maestro. With the colt in more than half of all stables, it might be a calculated move to ship him out.
Picked by 3,841 stables (7th highest)
Like High Definition but to a more dramatic effect, things haven’t clicked in Wembley’s three-year-old career. His 8l sixth in the Prix Jean Prat last time out was the closest he’s got to a winner this season.
He’s got no Group 1 entries to his name, so it looks as though his days dining at the top-table are over for now. A step up in trip might rekindle some spark from the Dewhurst runner-up, but even then, the Irish Leger looks to be the only Group 1 he’s likely to line up in even if things go perfectly.
Picked by 5,461 stables (5th highest)
With the injuries to Mark Johnston’s top stayers Subjectivist and Sir Ron Priestley (two more to take out if you house them in your stable) it might mean the coast is clear for Stradivarius to shine bright again this season.
There are, however, three things that make a case for removing John Gosden’s chestnut from your team; the avoidance of soft ground, the lack of Group 1 contests he’ll run in now, and Trueshan. Connections have said he won’t drop in trip, so that leaves just the Irish St Leger plus the Cadran and Prix Royal Oak in France as his remaining top-level options, with the latter two at least, likely to be run on testing ground.
Picked by 3,339 stables (9th highest)
The 28% of players to have picked John Gosden’s triple Group 1 winner will be cursing their luck not to have seen him in action during this game period. The only entry he holds is for the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October, and having missed the Eclipse with a throat infection, John Gosden has said he’ll be “fresh for Autumn”.
That doesn’t sound like he’ll be running much before Champions Day. Furthermore, his Meydan Group 1 win in March is probably questionable as far as top-level form goes, with the third placed Felix well beaten twice at Listed level since.
Picked by 3,332 stables (10th highest)
The most-picked horse who we can say with some certainty won’t be picking up any more Ten To Follow points, Battaash should be the first horse out of the door for more than a quarter of players.
Having failed to pick up any points this season, Charlie Hills’ speedster was retired after finishing seventh in the King George Stakes at Goodwood as he aimed to win a fifth straight renewal of the race. While he didn’t win this year, his retirement leaves the door open for something to take the 5f division by storm, starting with one of our next bonus races, the Nunthorpe Stakes.
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.