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  A System for the Jumps Ten-To-Follow Competition run by the Racing Post/Totesport, including a Summary of Past Results  
This page is an introduction to a system for the 'Ten To Follow' horseracing competition that has been run, organised and/or sponsored, over the years, by the Racing Post, Tote, Totepool, Totesport or Betfred.  The competition has been held every season on the Flat and Jumps ever since its inauguration a long time ago in 1993.  The system on this website is the version that was invented by Capital Ratings for the Jumps TTF competition.

After the old Tote was taken over by Betfred, alias Totesport, in 2012 effectively, they introduced a few changes to the competition's main rules which played straight into the hands of the system - making the Jumps competition even more feasible to win in 2012-13 with the system than previously.

Full details for entering the competition - and viewing the progressive leaderboard once a competition (Flat or Jumps) is underway - are to be found on the www.tentofollow.com website from early November each year.

The Jumps TTF brightens up the entire winter before reaching an epic conclusion, for the cleverest few players, the following April, on Grand National Day.  Of all the big-money competitions around, this one is the nearest there is to being a game of skill rather than just pure chance.  From its earliest days, the competition was rightly dubbed the "thinking man's lottery".  It's exciting, challenging and valuable - with almost lottery-like prizes for the Jumps version (i.e. first prizes of 250,000 were guaranteed by Betfred for 2011-12 and 2012-13).

The beauty of the Jumps version of the competition is that it definitely lends itself to a logical, systematic approach.  It is always won by people who know what they are doing.  Pin-pickers stand no chance in the TTF.  To prove that point, there have been quite a few repeat-winners of various prizes including, it has to be said, the original inventors and other general users of the system on this site.

The system was first put online way back in 2001 by some shadowy racing enthusiasts and systemites collectively known as 'Capital Ratings'.

For the next eleven years, until 2012, Capital Ratings shared their system on the web for free.  In 2011, they announced their intention to retire after the conclusion of the 2011-12 season - and they duly did so in 2012 following a fine finale-performance by their system in that 2011-12 season.  Their departure from covering the TTF has sadly left their old website frozen in time.  However, their heritage is living on via this unofficial copy-cat site which is trying to keep the flag flying for everyone who appreciated their systematic approach to the competition.

Non-users of their system are faced with the task each season of trying to pick their various lines of ten  >>
   horses from a bewildering master-list of 400 horses.  The odds against any of them hoping they can find the best ten from four hundred are truly galactic.  But the rules of Capital Ratings' system quickly narrows down the 400 horses to a much more manageable shortlist of 32 named horses maximum.  Followers of the system then work on the basis that the ten horses which could win them a prize are almost certainly contained somewhere in just that mere 32 horses - thus removing the need to worry about what any of the other 368 horses might be capable of doing.

Being able to ignore 368 of the available horses from consideration - concentrating instead simply on perming together the right ten horses from just 32 sub-grouped horses - gives followers of the system a huge theoretical advantage over the vast majority of other entrants (who won't even know the system exists).  And this is where the system's shortlist has excelled year after year.  The shortlist almost always captured the necessary horses that could win good prizes in the competition, very often not only the first prize but volumes of lesser prizes.  All it then ever needs is for somebody astute enough to be able to perm the right ones together in the same line within a multi-line entry.  Finding the best ten horses from 32 is easier said than done, of course, even when they have been sub-grouped by the system.  But, on the other hand, the system often throws up not just one possible prize-winning line but very many such lines, sometimes hundreds, thus greatly increasing the chance of some follower being able to cash in.  As, indeed, some followers have.

The build-up for the Jumps' TTF begins in late October each year, with publicity mainly in the Racing Post and some online.  Entries have to be made by the end of the second week in November, either online at tentofollow.com, by post (reintroduced for 2013-14) or in Betfred shops if slips are available.  The competition traditionally gets underway with the always-thrilling Paddy Power Gold Cup steeplechase in mid-November.  Each line entered costs 10 (12 by post) and lasts all the way through to the end of the competition in April.  Covering 32 horses in, say, 12 loosely permed lines would cost just 120, which is only about 6 a week.  Less than one packet of twenty poisonous fags.  The Jumps TTF represents great, season-long value and, win or lose, should never be missed by anybody interested in racing or punting.

To see the progress of the resurrected Capital Ratings' system currently, click the "Current Jumps Season" link at the top of this page.  To see the past performances of earlier seasons, mainly when still covered by the original inventors, click the "Last Jumps Season" link, then keep clicking the link or tabs for Previous seasons.

Betfred-Tote-Racing Post Ten To Follow
The blue links below for 2011-12 or earlier are external links to pages on the old Capital Ratings' website and will appear in new tabs or popup windows.
FLAT Ten To Follow     JUMPS Ten To Follow   
 Year     System     Year     Possible results for system's best lines  
 2013     Not viable*     2013-14     Dec 10K + 1st 124,987  
 2012     Not viable*     2012-13     1st 250,000 + 2nd 21,521*  
 2011     Not viable*     2011-12     1st 250,000  
 2010     Not viable*     2010-11     Dec 20K + 1st 212,575  
 2009     Not viable*     2009-10     1st 264,195* + 6th 9,453*  
 2008     Viable but not done     2008-9     3rd-jt 30,162  
 2007   Not viable*     2007-8     Dec 10K + Chelt 10K* + March 10K* + 1st £455,000 + 3rd 32,500*   
 2006   Not viable*    2006-7   Dec 10K + 1st 455,000  
 2005   Not viable*    2005-6   1st 478,990  
 2004   Not viable*    2004-5   Dec 10K + 11th overall  
 2003   1st 180,000     2003-4   4th 35,820  
 2002   2nd 23,740     2002-3   Blew out  
 2001   1st 116,165     2001-2   1st 302,605  
* = Actual known wins by readers of the old Capital Ratings' website.
* = The Flat version of the system was only viable in the four years when the competition started in June, just before the Oaks/Derby (namely in the four years 2001, 2, 3 & 8).  The system was therefore not viable in the other years when the competition started earlier, in May, just before the 1000/2000 Guineas.

In the fourteen seasons that the TTF system appeared on Capital Ratings' website, from 2001 to 2011-12, out of the total of 9.9m prize-money paid out, the total winnings possible using their system exceeded 2.879m.  An impressive one tenth of that was actually won by readers in practice.  That was the position at November 2012 when the Capital Ratings' website ceased coverage and this unofficial copy-cat site took over the mantle.

To compile a shortlist for the Jumps TTF, download the system's blank template.

To view the system's three best seasons in practice:  2009-10, 2007-8., 2012-13.

To enter the Racing Post/Totesport Jumps TTF, link relevant from late Oct/early Nov only.

To view the official leaderboard, link relevant from late Nov to following April.  At the page, click the chevrons to view any leading person's line of ten.  Click the tabs to see the monthly leaders, top horses or other useful stats.  If that particular link is showing something other than the current leaderboard, try to navigate to the overall leaderboard via the Fantasy tab at www.totesport.com.  If that fails to work as well, try a Google search for 'ten to follow leaderboard'.

Flat Racing - system for the Lincoln Handicap - results from 2014 & 2013.

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This Home Page is maintained by Aminata Racing and was last amended on 6.4.2014
This page is derived from an equivalent page originally by Capital Ratings.