The latest forum competition, this time it’s for the CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL:
It’s a combination of skill and guesswork in whatever ratio you want! Looking at the entries and studying is probably an advantage – Alternatively you could just have 12 guesses.
There is a prize, which Betfair have kindly donated – a total of £400 in Sportsbook bets. This will be broken down into 4 prizes, £200, £100, £60, and £40, for the top 4 competition finishers.
PLEASE ENTER ON THIS THREAD.
Due to time constraints and unlike in other sports for which I have run competitions, the final entries and runners/riders are not finalised, however there should be enough information to go on to enable entries which don’t wait until the last minute. The last minute is Monday night (9th March) at midnight – No entries will be accepted after this time.
This is how it works: There are 12 sections You have to put 1 answer to each section as specified. The scores for each selection are listed below. Just put the letters A to L with your choice for each - preferably going downwards, followed by your tie-break answer.
In the event of ties, a tiebreak will come into effect so there should be an absolute winner (and 2nd, 3rd and 4th). If there is still a tie prizes will be shared equally.
The Sections:and some details/clues/history If you want to compare previous results try this link www.cheltenham-festival.co.uk/cheltenham-festival-results.php
A. How many horses whose names begin with the letter T (includes ‘The’) will make the frame, ie finish in the 1st 3 or 4 (depending on the race) on DAY ONE? Choose a number from 0 to 15 (max possible, imo). There are horses entered which begin with a ‘T’ (some of them have a fair chance too!) for every race on day one. 3 points for being right. 1 point if wrong by one.
B. What will be the aggregate (Total) SP’s of all the DAY TWO winners (eg; 10/1 winner = 10, 5/2 winner = 2.5, Evens winner = 1, etc…. Then add all 7 day two winners) A, 38 or less. B, over 38 – 48, C, over 48 – 58, D, over 58 – 68, E over 68. Choose A, B, C, D or E. There are some big priced favourites and loads of runners, the likelihood is that even if all 7 favourites won, the aggregate would probably still be over 25. 2 points for being correct
C. Which horse will finish 2nd in Thursday’s World Hurdle You’ll need to look at the entries or betting list to pick a horse for this 3 points for being right, 1 point if you’ve picked a non-runner
D. Which of these horses will achieve the best finish in Friday’s Gold Cup? Choose from: Smad Place, Boston Bob, Champagne Fever, On His Own, Don Cossack, Sam Winner 3 points for being right, ½ a point if a Non-Runner
E. How many FAVOURITES (including Jt and Co favs) will win at the festival?. A number between 0 and 27 for this section 3 points if correct, 1.5 points if 1 out. In 2014 there were 6, in 2013 there were 9.
F. Will ANY horse finish in the frame in more than 1 race at the festival this year Please put either Yes or No 1 point if saying NO and being correct, 5 points if saying YES and being correct
G. How many winners will be collectively ridden by: Noel Fehily, Sam Twiston-Davies, Tom Scudamore and Richard Johnson? Choose a number from: 0 (not too likely) to 25 (more than extremely unlikely) 3 points if correct, 1 point if wrong by 1.
H. How many winners will be collectively trained by: Jonjo O’Neill, David Pipe, Harry Fry Gordon Elliot and Alan King like the previous section, any number from 0 upwards 3 points for being right , 1 point if wrong by 1.
I. Which of these races: Novices Handicap chase (Tues), Fred Winter Hcp Hurdle (Weds), Festival Plate [Brown and Merriebelle](Thurs) and County Hurdle (Fri), will provide the Shortest priced winner? Choose from: choose from Novice, Fred, Plate, County 2 points go to the correct prediction.
J. What will be the biggest price of a winner at Cheltenham? A – 10/1 to 20/1, B- 22/1 to 30/1, C - 33/1 to 40/1, D – 50/1 to 66/1, E – More than 66/1 choose A, B, C, D or E 2 points for a correct prediction.
K. Will any race be won by a female jockey So, Simply say Yes or No 2 points if right.
L. Scoring 3 for a win, 2 for 2nd, 1 for finishing 3rd; how many will these horses score in total: Annie Power (Mares Hurdle – Tues), Faugheen (Champion Hurdle - Tues), Un De Sceaux (Champion Chase - Tues), Sprinter Sacre (Champion Chase – Weds,), Vautour (JLT novices chase – Thurs), Peace and Co (Triumph Hurdle – Fri),Silviniaco Conti (Gold Cup –Fri), Choose a number between 0 and 21 4 points for being right, 2 points if wrong by 1, 1 point if wrong by 2. Any non-runners will score 1.5 points and points will be ‘nearest to’.
TIEBREAK : What will be the aggregate winning distance (total distance between each winner and horse which finishes 2nd) over the 27 races? The maximum distance in any 1 race is 30 lengths
Other stuff This competition has been posted on the Horse racing, Cheltenham Festival and Chit Chat forums. E&OE – Any ties in any sections, points shared; (eg, if the score is 2 points for 3rd, 1 point for 4th, and there's a tie for 3rd, both will score 1.5) If I’ve made any glaring errors, please let me know, and if they can be rectified or sorted, they will be. Common sense should prevail. The organiser's (that's me) decision is final. I'll try to update scores and standings at the end of each Section’s completion.
Entries accepted until 12.00PM, Monday 9th March. No more will be accepted after this time.