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|A System for the Jumps Ten-To-Follow Competition run by the Racing Post/Totesport/Betfred, 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 others 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 1st-prize or lesser-prize winning line but very many such lines, 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, keep clicking a link 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.|
|Download a blank template for the Jumps TTF:
View the three best seasons for the system in practice:
Flat 2013 - View the Lincoln System result: March 2013.
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|This Home Page is maintained by Aminata Racing and was last amended on 6.11.2013|
|This page is derived from an equivalent page on the old, frozen website of Capital Ratings|