Ten To Follow Update (24.10.2017)
It was an exciting two weeks to conclude the 2017 Flat Ten to Follow competition with top class racing from Newmarket and Ascot.
Limato lit up Newmarket and showed his class of last year by winning the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes for jockey Harry Bentley.
Champions Day came to Ascot which attracted some of the best horses in training. The day started with Order Of St George needing every part of the 2 miles to get up close home. Librisa Breeze caused a shock in the Sprint Stakes leaving hot favourite Harry Angel unplaced at the disappointment of many players. The O'Brien steam train kept on rolling as Hydrangea couldn't be stopped to give Aidan his 25th Group 1 success of the calendar year, equalling Bobby Frankel's record. Gosden then stepped in to provide the last two winners, as Persuasive weaved in between runners to win cosily for Frankie. It wasn't until 35 minutes later that Champions Day was really set alight by Cracksman, with a 7l win in the Champion Stakes.
Despite this high-class action, there were only three horses, Cracksman, Order Of St George and Librisa Breeze that scored points for players.
The top two in the leader board, John Williams and Adrian Judd, failed to pick up any points in the final weeks. This left the door open for Mrs Gail Garbutt to get her head in front close to home, with Limato, Order Of St George and Cracksman winning, and be crowned the 2017 Flat Ten To Follow Champion.
Be sure to enter our Jumps Ten To Follow Competition. Entry forms are on the back of the latest magazine which can be found here.
Full scores can be found here.
|Position||Name & Team||Team Score|
|1||Mrs Gail Garbutt (5)||635|
|2||Mervyn Broom (2)||590|
|3||Mrs Gail Garbutt (2)||580|
|4||John Williams (1)||575|
|5||Penny Waddell (5)||570|
|6||Adrian Judd (6)||565|
|7||Mervyn Broom (2)||540|
|7||David Arman (1)||540|
|7||Graham Barton (2)||540|
|10||Carl Dixon & Slyvia Perry (2)||535|
|10||Mervyn Broom (11)||