Ten To Follow Update 09.01.20

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This update includes:

  • Bonus race action from Ascot and Kempton Park
  • All the news from Cheltenham’s New Year meeting
  • A new competition leader

Wednesday 18th–Newbury

Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares’ Chase (Listed Race)—Magic Of Light

The first point scoring race in this update comes from Newbury where Magic Of Light and the inform Robbie Power went off as hot favourites. In the end the duo won comfortably with two of the field of four runners unseating their riders and the only other runner tailing off after jumping the last. Congratulations to player Mervyn Broom who was the only player to secure 20 points for the victory.

Friday 20th –Ascot

Jacquart Noel Novices’ Chase (Grade 2)—Angels Breath
Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)—Master Debonair
Isobel Championship Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race)—Israel Champ

The Ascot action started with a match race between Angels Breath and Mont Des Avaloirs, and it was a comfortable win for the former as he made all to win by 23 lengths, securing 30 points for six Ten To Follow teams. The other point scorer of the day was Master Debonair who made all under Robbie Power to gain a commanding eight lengths win and score 30 points for players David Walters and Joseph Williams.

Saturday 21st—Ascot & Haydock Park

Marsh Hurdle (Grade 1)—The Worlds End
Dave Dawes Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed Race)—Regal Encore
Betfair Exchange Trophy (Grade 3)—Not So Sleepy

Betway Abram Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed Race)—Desaray Girl

The only race to score for players on Saturday was the Long Walk hurdle at Ascot, a Ten To Follow bonus race. It looked as if last year’s staying hurdle hero Paisley Park would start as hot favourite, but unsuitable ground forced connections to withdraw him, leaving The Worlds End to take up the mantle. The Tom George trained horse stayed on well under pressure to lead in the final stages and take the prize. This result secured 55 points for seven Ten To Follow teams.

Thursday 26th—Kempton Park & Wetherby

Ladbrokes Kauto Star Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)—Slate House
Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1)—Epatante
Ladbrokes King George VI Chase (Grade 1)—Clan Des Obeaux

888Sport Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (Grade 3)—Top Ville Ben

The Boxing Day point scoring racing started with that man Robbie Power picking up another win in a Graded race. This time it was courtesy of the Colin Tizzard trained Slate House who did enough despite idling close to home to win by just over a length. This result scored 35 points for nine Ten To Follow teams. The feature race of the day was of course the King George, and with the likes of Cyrname, LostInTranslation and Clan Des Obeaux all lining up at the start it was set to be a cracker. Of the three it was last year’s winner Clan Des Obeaux who impressed the most, putting in a dominate performance to secure back-to-back King Georges. This result was popular for players, scoring 55 points for 73 teams.

Friday 27th—Chepstow & Kempton Park

Coral Finale Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1)—Allmankind
Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3)—Potters Corner

Ladbrokes Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase (Grade 2)—Global Citizen
Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase (Grade 2)—Bun Doran

The only player to score points courtesy of the racing from Chepstow was Trevor Shaw who gained 35 points thanks to Allmankind’s win in the Grade 1 Juvenile Hurdle. Over at Kempton Park Global Citizen delivered for player Gary Hutt, winning by a length and a half and securing 30 Ten To Follow points.

Saturday 28th—Newbury

Betway Challow Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)—Thyme Hill

At Newbury Thyme Hill continued his upwards trajectory by claiming the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle. The Philip Hobbs trained horse stayed on well after the last to pull away from his nearest rival and win by one and a half lengths.  This result scored 35 points for 31 Ten To Follow teams.

Sunday 29th—Doncaster

MansionBet At Doncaster Yorkshire Silver Vase Mares’ Chase (Listed Race)—Lady Buttons

Sunday saw the ever-popular Lady Buttons pick up another good win in a Listed contest. It was an exciting finish for racegoers to watch as Lady Buttons ran on well under pressure to just get up and win by a head, scoring 20 points for 11 teams.

Monday 30th—Taunton

Byerley Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed Race)—Marie’s Rock

Wednesday 1st—Cheltenham

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Listed Race)—Protektorat
Paddy Power Broken Resolutions Already Sipper Novices’ Chase (Grade 2)—Midnight Shadow
Paddy Power Handicap (Grade 3)—Oldgrangewood
Dornan Engineering Reeel Hurdle (Grade 2)—Summerville Boy
EBF Stallions & Cheltenham Pony Club (Listed Race)—Audacity

The first point scorer of the New Year was Richard Sharpe courtesy of the Sue Smith trained Midnight Shadow. Congratulations to Richard who picked up a valuable 30 Ten To Follow points. The next point scorer was Summerville Boy who showed that he still had plenty of ability, making all to land the Grade 2 and score 30 points for six teams.     

Saturday 4th—Sandown Park

Unibet Mares’ Hurdle (Listed Race)—Silver Forever
Unibet Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)—Fiddlerontheroof

Silver Forever recorded a comfortable win in the Listed contest at Sandown Park to score 20 points for player Derek Latham. Later on in the day Fiddlerontheroof slammed his rivals to land a six lengths victory in the Grade 1 Tolworth and score 35 points for Joseph Williams.

 

With so many point scoring races over the holiday period there has been some change at the top of the table. Leading the way on 280 points is Jonathan Nuttall who scored well thanks to wins from The Worlds End and Thyme Hill. Just five points behind him is Alan Wellsteed, with Gary Hutt and Alan Jones also hot on the leader’s trail. The full standings can be viewed here.

Position Name Score
1 Jonathan Nuttall (8) 280
2 Alan Wellsteed (11) 275
2 Alan Wellsteed (2) 275
2 Alan Wellsteed (1) 275
2 Alan Wellsteed (12) 275
6 Gary Hutt (14) 250
6 Alan Jones (3) 250
8 Alan Wellsteed (6) 245
8 Gail Garbutt (8) 245
18 Alan Wellsteed (10) 245