Ten To Follow 30.01.19

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This week includes:

  • Top quality action from Cheltenham and Doncaster
  • A bonus race offering up an additional 20 points 
  • A new overall competition leader

There was plenty of great jumps action for Ten To Follow players to get involved with over the past week, with the highlight being the Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham on Saturday.  

The point scoring racing got underway with two Listed races at Huntingdon and Doncaster. The Huntingdon race was won by Happy Diva, who hung on gamely to beat the in-form Magic Of Light. The Doncaster event saw Giving Glances win nicely for trainer Alan King, well done to players Graham Barton, Ray Horne and Phil Stubbs who all gained 20 points from the victory.

Saturday played host to nine point scoring races split between Cheltenham and Doncaster. The Cheltenham card was filled with a plethora of talent, and started with an emphatic win for the Joseph O’Brien trained Fakir D’oudairies who powered clear of the rest to win by 13 lengths. The next point scoring race culminated in a titanic battle between Siruh Du Lac and Janika, with the former just coming out on top. Neither of these races scored points for players, but they did provide some ones to watch for the future.

Next up was a bonus race, the Cotswold Chase. This race saw Welsh Grand National champion Elegant Escape up against the ever popular Frodon. The latter put in a gusty performance, making all and holding off a strong finish from Elegant Escape to win. Congratulations to Ten To Follow player Derek Latham who receives 30 points plus an additional 20 bonus points for the victory.

The final two races at Cheltenham saw Birchdale left in the clear to win after Brewin’Upastorm fell at the last, and Paisley Park power home in the Cleeve Hurdle to justify favouritism and win by 12 lengths.

Doncaster saw three Grade 2 races and a Listed contest, with a total of 110 points on offer. The first race was won by the odds-on favourite Dynamite Dollars, scoring 30 points for players Derek Latham and Trevor Shaw. The next saw Nadaitak and jockey Nico de Boinville dominate a small field to win by 22 lengths. The final Grade 2 was won by Lady Buttons who managed to get to the line first, despite idling badly close to home. However, neither Nadaitak or Lady Buttons were picked by any players, so no points were scored. The final Listed event was won by the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Go Conquer, well done to Adele Brown who receives 20 points for the win.

There has been a change to the top of the standings this week, with victories from Frodon and Dynamite Dollars helping Derek Latham to open up a 50 point gap at the top of the table. The full standings can be found here.

 

Position    Name & Team Team Score
1 Derek Latham (2) 360
2 Gary Hutt (9)

310

3 Phil Stubbs (9)

280

3 Alan Wellsteed (8) 280
5 Matthew Taylor (3) 275
5 Paul Moloney (3) 275
7 Alan Wellsteed (10) 270
7 Matthew Taylor (5) 270
7 Paul Moloney (1) 270
7 Gary Hutt  (4) 270
11 Adrian Judd (4)

265