Details of its Tote Ten to Follow competition for the 2020/21 Jump season, which will begin on 2 November, have been announced by the Tote Group, with prizes of £150,000 up for grabs.
Before the tournament gets underway at the November Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse and will end at Sandown Park on 24 April next year, racing fans must complete their stables by 11 am on 14 November.
Richard Hutchinson won a total of over £177,000 during the 2019/20 Jumps season, and Davy Russell claimed the Charity League, opting to give Clionas and the Irish Cancer Society his prize money.
The Tote has also announced the winners of the 2020 Flat season Tote Ten to Follow competition. Overall winner Robin Green pocketed £64,452.50 for the top prize, winning 798.44 points for victory.
With the first prize of a month’s training fees, in the form of a payment of £ 2,000, the Tote ran a private league for members of the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA). Martin Taylor took top prize with just two points in a very close competition, with a final score of 699.54 points.
Taylor said, on winning: “It’s great to see the Tote Ten to Follow competition back and my brother, Lee, and I are delighted to be the first winners of the ROA League. It has been the most difficult year for the whole racing industry and owners have been stoic in their support of the sport. I’m sure owners enjoyed participating in the League and it went down to the wire on Champions Day. My son Tom’s choice of Sottsass and Magical as our substitutes proved to be crucial to our winning.”
The Tote has, meanwhile, added a new Ambassador to its ranks. Throughout the 2020/21 season, four-time Champion Jump jockey Richard Johnson will feature the bookmaker ‘s logo on his breeches.
Johnson said: “I’m thrilled to be working with the Tote which is such an integral part of British racing. It’s exciting to be working with the team as they rejuvenate pool betting which is a crucial part of the sport’s future. I look forward to using the Tote platform to share my news throughout the season.”
Mark Kemp, the UK Tote Group Managing Director, added: “We are really excited and proud to welcome Richard as the Tote’s Ambassador. His race riding record speaks for itself and he is someone everyone across the sport holds in the highest esteem.”