The Tote Ten To Follow transfer window opens on Wednesday 10th March and gives players the chance to make two substitutions for their stables.
With hundreds of horses to choose between and no fewer than eight bonus races offering an extra 25 points at Cheltenham it can be a tricky task.
However, one thing to consider is the popularity of the horses you’re bringing in. Finding a horse that doesn’t feature in thousands of other stables could be beneficial.
In total, 20 horses have so far scored more than 50 points in this season. Just six are within the 50 most picked horses, while 10 were selected by fewer than 200 of the 37,854 paid stables.
We’ve picked out five under-represented stars of the season who could be a wise transfer:
Cloth Cap - 70.1 points - 195 stables
The Ladbrokes Trophy winner seems to have developed into top class performer with a switch of tactics and the application of cheek pieces this term. Jonjo O’Neill’s nine-year-old looked to have a few pounds to find at the weights in the Premier Chase at Kelso, but put in a dominant front-running performance to land the Listed contest. He’s now favourite with most for the Grand National, and while he won’t run at Cheltenham, he’s in the driving seat for the bonus points in April for a trainer and owner who have both had plenty of success at the Aintree spectacular.
Energumene - 51.74 points - 44 stables
The Arkle conundrum has punters chosing sides between Shishkin and Energumene, with many struggling to split the pair. That wasn’t the case at the start of the season, with the Supreme winner commanding a spot in 20,790stables, compared to Willie Mullins’ seven-year-old, who was winning his maiden hurdle just a week prior to Shishkin’s Cheltenham coming of age, being picked by just 44. Three electrifying wins over fences later and it looks as though Tony Bloom’s exciting prospect will be high on the shortlist for many more Mini Game stables, and he might just be a shrewd transfer in ahead of the first bonus race of the Festival.
Colreevy - 67.82 points - 51 stables
Another Mullins chaser who has done well this season for just a few stables is Colreevy. Like her stablemate, she has yet to taste defeat in three runs over fences, and looks to be near the top of the shortlist to become the inaugural winner of the Cheltenham Festival’s Mares’ Chase. She’s twice run at the Festival, putting up a respectable showing in defeat, finishing seventh in the Bumper, before finishing fifth in the Mares’ Hurdle last term, so clearly handles the track. She has entries in two of the novice chases earlier in the week, but with only win against her own sex coming by 12 lengths, she looks to have the measure of the mares in Ireland at least.
Bachasson - 50.02 points - 81 stables
Such is the fire power of the Willie Mullins stable that Bachasson is another one of the Closutton brigade to have broken the 50 point barrier this season - a group that totals eight horses. The extremely likeable grey has split his time between hurdles and fences this season, winning twice over each obstacle, most recently taking the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park. He holds an entry in the Stayers’ Hurdle bonus race, but it looks more likely that he’ll take up his engagement in the Coral Cup - a race in which he finished sixth in last year. Although he’s 2lb higher in the weights this time around, he’s clearly thriving this year and could continue to add to his points tally.
First Flow - 71 points - 77 stables
While Bachasson’s winning run goes back five races, First Flow can gazump that with six successes on the bounce, and it looks as though he is still improving. Kim Bailey’s nine-year-old was sent off a double-figure dividend in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot, but in a bold front-running ride from David Bass, he put the likes of Politologue and Defi Du Seuil to the sword. He looks as though he’ll need plenty of rain to get the ground soft enough for him to be at his best, but should the heavens open in the week before the Cheltenham Festival, there’s no reason he can’t be a player in the Champion Chase, especially as we don’t know if we’ve reached the ceiling of his talent just year.
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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.