What is the Tote Ten to Follow?
- The Ten to Follow is the bet that runs all Flat season. With cash prizes down to 500th place, it's the ultimate bet for any racing fan.
- Players must select a stable of 10 horses and accumulate points throughout the season when they win or place in any race during the game period.
- Tote Ten to Follow is a game of strategy, luck and ultimately, fun. Map out where you think your horses will run and how they will pick up points to inform your ideal stable.
- Each stable costs £5 or €5.50 for Irish players and you are able to enter as many stables as you wish to increase your chance of winning.
- Every customer can also play our free game, where a pair of annual memberships at a racecourse of the winner's choice. We'll also be giving away five monthly prizes of six tickets to a race day of the winner's choice for the biggest point scorers in May, June, July, August and September.
- Points are decided in three different ways. Firstly, the quality of the race that your selection wins, whether the race is a Bonus race and finally their Tote returns from a £/€1 each way bet.
What’s new for this season's Tote Ten to Follow competition?
Our big change this time round is the ability to see how popular a selection a horse is in the game. So for those looking to go against the field, it's now easier than ever to work out if one of your horses truly has gone under the radar.
We're also rewarding more people who play, with prizes down to 500th place, so there's a good chance of getting at least your stake back.
Plus there’s still:
- Pro Mode - Have a handful of handicappers hurdlers or staying chasers in your shortlist but can’t separate them? Our Pro Mode will allow you to create box perms of multiple stables to facilitate the combination of horses in your shortlist
- Private leagues - Play against your friends and family with private leagues
- A free stable - Each player is entitled to one free stable with brilliant racing prizes up for grabs.
How much can I win with Tote Ten to Follow?
The more people who play, the more money there is in the pot and the bigger the prizes. Last year's winner took home a top prize of £64,425.50.
We'll also be giving away five monthly prizes, which will constitute 15% of the pool. That means it's worth pulling together stables which specifically target races in the months of May, June, July, August and September.
How do I pick my Ten to Follow?
Head to the Tote Ten to Follow site from Monday 2nd November to register or sign in and to begin picking your stables. The first thing you’ll want to do is begin shortlisting your favourite horses.
How can I make a shortlist?
When you’re on the site, simply click on the ‘Horses’ tab and search for the stars you’d like to add to your list. Once you're happy with your list you can begin building your stables.
How do I build my stable?
For players looking to enter just one or two stables, it’s best to use ‘Simple Mode’ under the ‘Build Stable’ tab. For those looking to enter multiple stables, use ‘Pro Mode’.
How do I use Simple Mode?
The first thing to do is name your stable and choose your silks. Then, simply add horses from your shortlist to your stable until it’s filled. If you’ve missed a horse off your shortlist, click on the ‘all horses’ tab to search for them. If you’re building more than one stable and have a few bankers in mind, try clicking the heart icon. This will ‘favourite’ the horse and automatically add it to any new stables you create.
How do I use Pro Mode?
Pro Mode helps you easily and effectively create a number of entries using ‘box perms’. Box perms are an effective way of perming your horses whilst ensuring all your stables have the right balance to secure maximum points.
For example, you’ve weighed up the Bonus Races and think you’ll definitely need two Arc horses in your stable this year, but you’ve got four on your shortlist.
The first thing to do is to name your stable and pick your silks. Then, name your first box 'Arc horses'. Then select “2” as the number of positions in your stables that you want these horses to occupy. Add your four horses to the box and save.
This will create six permutations of any two of those Arc horses for your stables.
Keep creating boxes as you choose until all ten slots of your stable are occupied.
How do you score points?
Every time your horse wins or places, you pick up points.
The amount of points earned with each win depends on the level of the race won:
Group 1 – 25 pts
Group 2 – 20 pts
Group 3 – 15 pts
Listed – 12 pts
Any other race – 10 pts
On top of that, the horse will also receive the equivalent points returned for a £1 e/w bet on the Tote.
The Tote return is always calculated with the inclusion of Tote Guarantee.
As well as gaining points for winning any race, there are 25 selected “Bonus Races” throughout the competition.
Winners of these races will pick up an additional 25 points, while 12 points are given to the runner-up. Finding horses that will compete in one, or more, of these bonus races is always a good strategy.
So for example, Love won the 1000 Guineas last year and received 25 points for a Grade 1, 25 points for the bonus race, 5.30 for her win return and 2.00 points for her place return on the Tote for a grand total of 57.30 point
Ten to Follow points are totted up every week and whoever is on top of the leaderboard at the end of the season wins the lion’s share of the prize pool.
Which races are Bonus Races?
What are the bonus races?
There are a total of 25 bonus races across the UK and Ireland throughout the season:
- 2000 Guineas
- 1000 Guineas
- Irish 2000 Guineas
- Irish 1000 Guineas
- Queen Anne Stakes
- Kings Stand Stakes
- Prince of Wales Stakes
- Ascot Gold Cup
- Commonwealth Cup
- Diamond Jubilee Stakes
- Irish Derby
- July Cup
- Irish Oaks
- King George VI & QE Diamond Stakes
- Sussex Stakes
- Juddmonte International
- Irish Champion Stakes
- St Leger
- Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
- Queen Elizabeth II stakes
- Champion Stakes
What are Private Leagues?
Play against your friends and family with private leagues. Simply click ‘Leagues’, generate a code and share with those you’d like to play. Alternatively, if someone has given you a code, just click ‘Join’ and enter it.
Can I edit my stable?
Yes, this year you can edit your stables as many times as you like until the game closes on 1st May 11am.
Will there be a transfer window?
There will be an opportunity to substitute two of your horses later in the season. So if something isn't performing as well as you had hoped, or you've been particularly taken by a newcomer you can make changes to your stable during this window.
Any new horse you add to your stable will not inherit any points earned previously, but you will not lose the points earned by your outgoing horse.
Why should I play Tote Ten to Follow?
Tote Ten to Follow is an essential bet for any racing fan. Not only does it give you the chance to win huge prizes from a small stake but it provides you with an interest in nearly every Group 1 throughout the season.
With no Tote commission, 100% of the pool will be shared amongst the winners and, as well as an overall prize, we’ll be offering five monthly prizes. Players can enter as many stables as they like in a bid to become our champion, so gearing your stables around these monthly prizes can be a shrewd move.
With Tote Ten To Follow you can own a stable of ten top-class racehorses for as little as £5 - and we’re not even asking you to pay training fees or muck out every morning!
Pick your 10 equine representatives (or more if you want multiple stables) and follow them throughout the coming months in the quest for glory. When they win, so do you, so willing your charges to success is all part of the fun.
Test your ownership skills against thousands of other racing fans, or set up a mini-league to find out which member of your family of friend circle would be best suited to a top job at Ballydoyle!
We’re looking forward to four months of excitement, and we’d love you to be a part of it.
When does the Ten to Follow run?
The Tote Ten to Follow competition for the national Hunt season opens on Saturday 24th April 2021, with a deadline of 11am on Saturday 1st May to enter your stables. Point scoring starts that very afternoon, with the Saturday of Newmarket playing host to the first Classic and bonus race of the season, the 2000 Guineas. Stables can then pick up points all the way through to
Make sure you follow the Tote Racing Twitter account for details of the next Ten to Follow competitions.