Robin Green, 56, winner of the Flat Tote Ten to Follow, talks us through his Season
Pace up and down. Refresh the leaderboard. Repeat. It is fair to say that our Tote Ten to Follow winner, didn’t have the most comfortable of Saturdays. However, Robin Green, 56, from Staffordshire was understandably delighted about his victory. “I have had people texting me non-stop!”
Claiming victory by the smallest of margins - just 5.12 points, Robin’s 798.44 points haul had just landed him £64,425.50.
Small stakes and big returns, that’s what it’s all about
Robin is an avid Tote Ten to Follow player. “I played it religiously. Through the nineties, all the way until it was stopped. I can’t think of a better way to spend £5. And this year I hoped I was going to have a chance. Given the Guineas form was already available, I hoped I was going to be up there."
Robin starts by talking through his selections’ performances at Royal Ascot. “I couldn’t have got off to a better start. Circus Maximus beat Terebellum in the dying embers of the Queen Anne, Stradivarius won the gold Cup, Hello Youmzain won the Diamond Jubilee and Battaash won the Kings’ Stand.” Pinatubo was the one to let him down as he finished 2nd in the St. James’ Palace.
Having led for the majority of the season, Robin said he did struggle with the Transfer Window. “It is a lot easier to make transfers when you are coming from behind. However, when you’re in front and the whole stable is doing well, it was a nightmare!”
Then came Robin’s stroke of genius. Having read the rules one more time, he remembered that as soon as a transfer was made, they could start scoring points immediately. “I saw Mishriff win the Prix Guillaume and thought it was a no brainer to put Palace Pier in. He was the favourite for the QEII already and won 28.8 points over in France.”
Robin’s other substitution, despite not winning him any points, made no difference to his score. Hello Youmzain (who would end up not running again) out, and Lord North in. “He ran pretty well in the Juddmonte International, and it was another one to boost my chances in the Champions Stakes.”
The home stretch
By this time, the hard work had been done. It was all about sitting tight and hoping for the best come Champions Day. Then the news about Pinatubo retiring came through, then Battaash wasn’t going to run in the Prix de Abbaye, then Love was out of the Arc, then Ghaiyyath wasn’t going to Ascot. You start to wonder.
“I had Magical, Stradivarius, Palace Pier, Lord North and Japan all running on Champions Day. I have to say, prior to the racing, you’d be unhappy to walk away with less than 60 points. But I won 2.55.”
“I had four races to get through, and about 6 bullets to dodge. When Addeybb won, I kept pressing refresh on the leaderboard. It felt like the longest 30 minutes ever. There was a lot of pacing, lots of text messages from my friends, lots of checking the Tote win price and trying to work it out. Then it updated midway through the Balmoral, and that’s when I could breathe a sigh of relief. I had dodged those 6 bullets.”
“Pick 20 teams and it costs £100. I really cannot think of a better £100 to spend. It gives you an interest in every Group 1 of the season. It’s a great achievement to win £64,425.50 from the Tote Ten to Follow, I just can’t wait for the next one to start.”
Magical - 125.07
Ghaiyyath - 121.42
Battaash - 102.22
Enable - 81.42
Stradivarius - 81.4
Love - 80.2
Pinatubo - 42.31
Japan - 0
Palace Pier - 30 (Sub in)
Lord North - 0 (Sub in)
Hello Youmzain - 64.25 (Sub out)
Circus Maximus - 70.15 (Sub out)