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The 2021-2022 Jumps season is kicking into gear and with it, the Tote Ten to Follow competition is upon us. As usual, your task is to pick a stable of ten horses to score as many big race points as possible throughout the season.

Below you’ll find five Bonus Race bankers, who look sure to be heavy hitting scorers in the competition this season, particularly in the all-important Ten to Follow Bonus races.

How do horses score points?

Horses score points by winning and being placed in races taking place during the competition.  The score is based on a combination of points based on the group of the race and the Tote dividend of your successful selection.

You score more points the better the grade of race, and there are 21 bonus races where bonus points are scored.

Points are awarded as follows:

Grade 1 win - 25 points

Grade 2 win - 20 points

Grade 3 win - 15 points

Listed win - 12 points

Any other race win - 10 points

An additional 25 points are awarded to winners, and 12 points are awarded to the runners-up in the 21 bonus races.

What are the Ten To Follow bonus races?

  • Betfair Chase (Haydock)
  • Ladbrokes Trophy (Newbury)
  • Tingle Creek Chase (Sandown)
  • King George VI Chase (Kempton)
  • Welsh Grand National (Chepstow),
  • Savills Chase (Leopardstown)
  • Irish Champion Hurdle (Leopardstown)
  • Irish Gold Cup (Leopardstown)
  • Betfair Hurdle (Newbury)
  • Arkle Chase (Cheltenham)
  • Champion Hurdle (Cheltenham)
  • Queen Mother Champion Chase (Cheltenham)
  • Festival Chase (formerly the RSA Chase) (Cheltenham)
  • Stayers’ Hurdle (Cheltenham),
  • Ryanair Chase (Cheltenham)
  • Gold Cup (Cheltenham)
  • Betway Bowl (Aintree)
  • Aintree Hurdle (Aintree)
  • Melling Chase (Aintree)
  • Liverpool Stayers’ Hurdle (Aintree)
  • Grand National (Aintree)

Which horses should I pick?

Minella Indo

Potential Ten To Follow Bonus Race Targets: Savills Chase (Leopardstown), Irish Gold Cup (Leopardstown) & Gold Cup (Cheltenham)

The Gold Cup hero is sure to pick up plenty of points this season, and with the focus on bonus races, he should target a few of those along the way.

His route to success at Cheltenham last season included runs in the Savills Chase and the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown, with all three races on the Ten To Follow bonus list this season. Along with those three runs, his early season prep included victories at Wexford and Navan, meaning it was busy campaign for Henry de Bromhead's star with five runs in total, something which is all important if you want to maximise your points scoring.

The feature event at the Cheltenham Festival is sure to be his target again, so if he takes the same route that worked so well just 12 months ago, he's a name you don't want to be leaving out.

Honeysuckle

Potential Ten To Follow Bonus Race Targets: Irish Champion Hurdle (Leopardstown) & Champion Hurdle (Cheltenham)

If you are looking back on last season's form, then there is arguably no better horse to choose for your Ten To Follow stable than that of Honeysuckle. Trained by Henry de Bromhead, she is quite simply a mare in a million and took all before her in four Grade One starts last season, extending her unbeaten record to 12 career starts under rules.

More importantly for TTF players, she improved to new levels last season and took two of this season's bonus races in winning the Irish Champion Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. The chance of her repeating that looks strong, which makes her the Irish banker this season.

Honeysuckle

Shishkin

Potential Ten To Follow Bonus Race Targets: Tingle Creek Chase (Sandown) & Queen Mother Champion Chase (Cheltenham)

The Irish dominated the big races last season, but there is one British-trained horse that simply can't be left out of your Ten To Follow stable and that is Shishkin.

He practically flew the flag for the UK at the Cheltenham Festival last season, and given he seems to thrive on his racing, you can expect him to pick up the points once again this season. After already landing the Supreme and the Arkle, he'll be targeting the Champion Chase this term and is likely to go for the Tingle Creek before then.

Both of those are bonus races, which is music to our ears, and so too is the fact that Shishkin also went on to success at Aintree last season, where more points could await if he follows a similar path this time.

Clan Des Obeaux

Potential Ten To Follow Bonus Race Targets: King George VI Chase (Kempton) & Betway Bowl (Aintree)

If you don't mind being patient with one in your Ten To Follow stable then you could really reap the rewards in the second half of the campaign with Clan Des Obeaux.

Things didn't quite go to plan in the King George for him last season, but when the cheekpieces were applied at Aintree, he looked like a serious horse once again. That led him to be supplement for the Punchestown Gold Cup, which he won from the front, beating dual Gold Cup winner, Al Boum Photo.

Paul Nicholls is certain that there is more to come from the 9yo, and with the King George VI Chase on the agenda again, along with the Betway Bowl, he has a great chance of picking up two bonus races either side of the Cheltenham Festival.

Cloth Cap

Potential Ten To Follow Bonus Race Targets: Ladbrokes Trophy (Kempton) & Grand National (Aintree)

He might not be the strongest of bankers, but if you want a horse that you know is planning to target two of the bonus races, amongst others this season, then there are worse picks than Cloth Cap.

Despite the sad passing of his loyal owner, Trevor Hemmings, his trainer Jonjo O'Neill has already confirmed that he'll be following the same route as last season in taking in both the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and the Grand National at Aintree - both of which are Ten To Follow bonus races.

Cloth Cap also won a Listed race at Kelso last term which added vital points to his tally, and given he had wind surgery over the summer, it would be worth keeping the faith.

 


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