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There are two bonus races on the final day of the Tote Ten to Follow this Saturday and Gary, 55 from London, has multiple chances in each of them. He is just 35 points off top spot and will be hoping Lord North can do him a big favour edging him up the leaderboard closer to the £64,452.50 up for grabs.

“I won’t be able to be in the room if it all comes down to Lord North in the Champions Stakes.”

Gary, 55 from London, currently lies in 13th place in the Tote Ten To Follow with his stable, ‘Gary Eady Racing 8’ and when picking up the phone on Wednesday morning spoke of his love for the competition. “I’ve been doing it for years and usually put on about 24 stables just so one of them has a chance.

However, it is not very often that you find yourself just 35 points off the top spot knowing there is a combination there that can win you £64,452.50!

Gary has been higher than this before though; “In the 2011-12 National Hunt Competition, I was about 7th or 8th. I had Cue Card in the Arkle and that scuppered my chances. Next season he went and won a Grade 2 at Exeter, Grade 1 at Ascot, and the Ryanair. Typical!”

Speaking of his substitutions in this year’s competition Gary said; “Magical for Domino Darling was an obvious choice and the other one could either reap rewards or crash and burn, Lord North in for Circus Maximus.” That could be one of the moves of the season, however, and Gary will have all his fingers crossed that he hasn’t just ruined his own chances.

“I’d be happy finishing where I am now, £460 is no bad return for a competition where you need a lot of luck. But I have worked out that if  Lord North wins the Champions Stakes, I could win! I will be hiding in the corner at 3:40 if I know there is a chance”.


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