|The "Ten To Follow" is a terrific annual horseracing competition
run by Totepool and the Racing Post, offering nice prizes. The
competition has been held every season on the Flat and Jumps since 1993 (over 20 years). This
particular site helps people who want to tackle the Jumps TTF systematically. The system is free
and has been online each season since 2001, originally for Flat and Jumps and, since 2008, for
Full details for entering the Jumps competition are to be found on the official www.tentofollow.com website from
early November each year. The same web address is also used for viewing the leaderboards once a
competition is underway.
Of all the
big-money competitions around, the Jumps TTF is the nearest there is to being a game of skill
rather than just pure chance. From its earliest days, the TTF competition was rightly dubbed
the "thinking man's lottery". It's exciting, challenging and well worth winning. It
brightens up the entire winter as it works its way towards an epic conclusion on Grand National Day in April.
The Jumps version of the competition definitely lends itself to a logical, systematic approach.
It is always won by people who know what they are doing. Pin-prickers stand no chance in the
To prove that point, there have been quite a few repeat-winners of prizes including, it has
to be said, the original inventors of the system and other general users of it.
Traditionally, people entering the Ten To Follow competition are faced with the frighteningly
difficult task each season of trying to pick their various lines of ten horses from a
mammoth master-list of 400 horses. The odds against
any of them expecting to find the best ten from four hundred are out of this world, like hundreds of
billions to one against.
rules of the TTF system automatically narrow down the 400 horses to a more realistic shortlist of just 32 named
horses (max.) from which followers pick their lines of ten. Users of the system then work on the
basis that 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 probably don't even know the system exists). And
this is where the system's shortlist has excelled year after year. The shortlist has almost
always captured the horses necessary to 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
any user 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 the qualifiers 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 in a season, often dozens, sometimes hundreds of possible winning lines, thus greatly increasing the chance of some follower being able to cash in. As, indeed,
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 only if special 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. 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 system during the current season, last season or earlier seasons, click
through the links at the top of this page.