Tote Ten To Follow tips – Ten chasers to consider selecting in your final stable
With the Tote Ten To Follow competition set to relaunch on Wednesday, we take a look through the list of horses available for selection and highlight ten chasers who would make useful additions to your stable.
Tote Ten To Follow is back, with a new and improved modern format and a guaranteed £250,000 up for grabs for paid players. At 8:00pm on Wednesday morning, Tote Ten To Follow officially opened and punters across Britain and Ireland will have been quick to enter their stables into the competition.
A grand total of nine races for senior chasers feature on the list of Bonus Races in this year’s Tote Ten To Follow. As you would expect, the King George and the Cheltenham Gold Cup are included, along with the Champion Chase and the Ryanair. There are also five handicaps where the winner will earn an extra 25 points for your stable; the Ladbrokes Trophy, the Welsh and Scottish Grand Nationals, Sandown’s bet365 Gold Cup and the Grand National at Aintree.
Here are ten senior chasers who could earn your stable a bountiful tally of points during the upcoming Tote Ten To Follow competition.
Tote Ten To Follow Tips – Chasers
Nicky Henderson’s stable star has reigned supreme over two miles for the past four seasons, collecting the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the Arkle and two Champion Chases during his 19-race unbeaten run over obstacles. That invincible aura was shattered at Ascot earlier this month, as Altior was comfortably held off by Cyrname on his first start over two miles. You can’t say Altior didn’t stay that day though and he’s sure to improve for the run.
CHACUN POUR SOI
Willie Mullins’ chaser burst onto the scene at Punchestown last season, defeating Defi Du Seuil with apparent ease in the Ryanair Novices’ Chase over two miles. Mullins has already identified the Champion Chase as the end-of-season goal for his exciting recruit and Chacun Pour Soi could collect multiples Graded honours on his way to the Cheltenham Festival.
DE RASHER COUNTER
Seeing as there are five staying handicaps included in the list of Bonus Races, it makes sense to have at least one handicapper included in your stable. De Rasher Counter enjoyed an excellent first campaign over fences, winning at Newbury and Uttoxeter, with a narrow defeat to Now McGinty – when giving his rival half-a-stone – sandwiched in between. He’s an extremely accomplished jumper of a fence, capable of going on all kinds of ground and certainly has the engine to triumph over National trips. Emma Lavelle’s seven-year-old is currently sitting on a workable mark of 149 and could be a big player in any major staying handicap moving forwards.
DEFI DU SEUIL
Philip Hobbs’ former Triumph winner bounced back from a terrible novice chasing debut to dominate the two-and-a-half-mile division last term, winning the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase and the JLT at the Cheltenham Festival. Defi Du Seuil may have succumbed to Chacun Pour Soi at Punchestown, but that came on the back of a long, hard campaign and Hobbs’ charge looked as good as ever when winning the Shloer Chase on his reappearance. He has the gears to be a superstar over both two and two-and-a-half miles.
Colin Tizzard’s charge may have fallen to defeat in all of his starts in Grade One company thus far, but at the age of just seven, he still has plenty of time to fulfil his potential. Elegant Escape surged to victory in last year’s Welsh Grand National, before finishing sixth in Grade Ones at Cheltenham and Aintree. I’m hoping the Grand National is the objective for this talented chaser, who I firmly believe is capable of challenging for top honours throughout the rest of his career.
Together with faithful assistant Bryony Frost, Frodon made the headlines on a number of occasions last season. A stunning victory off top-weight in the Caspian Caviar Handicap was followed by a superb triumph in the Cotswold Chase. Frodon then thrust Frost into the spotlight at the Cheltenham Festival, as the pair claimed a tenacious victory in the Ryanair. Paul Nicholls’ star may have lost out in both the Old Roan and the Betfair Chase so far this season, but he’s sure to be busy throughout the campaign and boasts the sort of consistency any entrant would love to have in their stable.
The recent ban handed to owners Supreme Racing Syndicate has thrown Kemboy’s immediate plans up in the air, but he could still be a useful addition to any stable. Willie Mullins’ chaser proved with three fantastic Grade One triumphs – including a comfortable victory over the Gold Cup winner, Al Boum Photo at Punchestown – that he’s a chaser of the highest calibre and will return to Cheltenham as one of the big guns in next year’s Gold Cup.
Immediately after his victory in the Dipper in January, Robbie Power proclaimed Lostintranslation was a potential Gold Cup horse. Those who scoffed were made to eat their words, as Colin Tizzard’s charge ended last season with a superb victory in the Mildmay at Aintree. After kicking off his 2019/20 campaign with a faultless performance at Carlisle, Lostintranslation established himself as the Gold Cup favourite with a battling victory over Bristol De Mai in the Betfair Chase and he’ll now take in the King George before targeting Cheltenham’s biggest prize.
Cheltenham has proven an unhappy hunting ground for Min. Yet, Willie Mullins’ star has still managed to win four Grade Ones in the past three seasons, three at Leopardstown and one at Aintree. Following two defeats to Altior in Champion Chases, the Ryanair could be the goal for Min this time around and Mullins’ reigning Melling Chase champion would be worthy of a place in anyone’s stable.
RAMSES DE TEILLEE
Along with De Rasher Counter, Ramses De Teillee will have all the Grand Nationals in his sights during the upcoming campaign and David Pipe’s dazzling grey could earn your stable some valuable points. Last year’s Welsh Grand National went on to make his debut in the Grand National, where he was pulled up a long way from home. Ramses De Teillee may need the handicapper to relent a little if he wants to be competitive on his return to Aintree in the spring, but Pipe’s chaser is clearly a talented stayer and has to be respected in any handicap he shows up in this term.