The Tote Ten To Follow takes another twist in March with our brand new Cheltenham Festival mini game.
Players will have the opportunity to pick their stable of 10 horses to lead the line at Prestbury Park and do battle for a big cash prize.
Points will be scored in the same way as the overarching Ten To Follow game (rules here), including eight all important Bonus Races, where an extra 25 points will be awarded to the winner, while the runner-ups pick up another 12 points apiece.
While we didn’t run this competition last year, knowing which horses would have delivered the best possible result in 2020 might just help you build your stable for this year.
Here is 2020’s ultimate Cheltenham Festival Ten To Follow stable:
It Came To Pass - 197.9 points
The Foxhunter Chase winner was found by so few people in the market that Eugene O’Sullivan’s gelding returned a whopping £162.50 on the Tote - a return that explains his would-be huge score.
It’s a bold move to pick a horse likely to go in at a huge price, but find one and it could have great rewards in the competition, though you’re unlikely to find one as fruitful as It Came To Pass.
Lisnagar Oscar - 146.4 points
Bonus race plus a big Tote dividend equals a huge Ten To Follow score. Rebecca Curtis’ Stayers Hurdle winner returned a dividend of £87.50, impressive compared to his industry SP of 50/1.
The Stayers looks a competitive renewal this year, but could we see another shock on the cards?
Put The Kettle On - 71.9 points
Another upset from last year, but this one in the Arkle. Henry De Bromhead’s mare put in a dazzling jumping performance to overhaul the market leaders in the first chase of the festival.
The likes of Shishkin, Energumene and Allmankind stand in the way of another surprise Arkle winner.
Saint Roi - 57.8 points
While he hasn’t really developed into a top-level Champion Hurdle contender, there is no getting away from the impressive nature of Saint Roi’s County Hurdle victory of 2020.
If anything else comes there as motionless as Barry Geraghty was jumping the last in this year’s renewal, you can probably start counting those bonus points.
Politologue - 57.8 points
At the time much was made of the disappointment of Defi Du Seuil, but credit to Paul Nicholls’ grey who still won the Champion Chase in fantastic style.
He showed that was no fluke when landing the Tingle Creek this time around, and while he’s got the likes of Chacun Pour Soi and Altior to contend with, it’s not too outlandish to think he could defend his crown.
Al Boum Photo - 55.5 points
The dual Gold Cup hero slots nicely into the top ten performers of last year’s Festival, thanks to his dogged determination that saw him hold on to victory from Santini.
Those bonus points, plus his solid Tote dividend helped Willie Mullins’ star, and any Ten To Follow stables who supported him to 55.5 points.
Epatante - 54.6 points
She’s got a battle on her hooves to defend her Champion Hurdle crown this time around, but last year no one was going to stop Nicky Henderson’s mare claiming superiority over timber.
With Honeysuckle in there challenging her throne, it’s possible that a successful defence of her Champion Hurdle title would see Epatante pick up more than the 54.6 points the 2020 Festival delivered.
Min - 54 points
Another winner who had to dig deep to secure a win at Prestbury Park, Willie Mullins’ chaser finally got his taste of Festival glory at the fourth time of asking in the Ryanair Chase.
He could bid to defend his crown at Cheltenham in March, but he will need to bounce back from his effort at the Dublin Racing Festival when pulled up after making a bad error down the back straight.
Indefatigable - 47.2 points
The final horse to make the ultimate stable is the concluding winner of the 2020 Festival. Not just that, but Paul Webber’s mare’s success in the Martin Pipe was one of the tightest finishes of the week.
Indefatigable got her head up in the end to secure her would-be supporters 47.2 points, largely down to her bumper Tote dividend. So remember, if your Ten To Follow stable isn’t winning going into the last race of the Festival, fear not, you could yet pull it out of the bag!
Have you created your Tote Ten To Follow Cheltenham Mini Game stable?
Take part in our cash competition for £5 or play the free game for a chance to land some special prizes.
Entries are open now, with players able to make changes to their stables up until 10pm on Monday 15th March. Remember, in the event of a dead heat the stable entered earliest will be declared the winner.