Punters can take advantage of a new William Hill competition called The Jumps which allows customers to pick 10 horses to follow up to the end of March with a potential winner’s prize of £100,000.
In many ways, it resembles the popular Tote/Racing Post Ten To Follow which runs until the end of the season, but which carries a bigger jackpot prize money although it costing five times more to enter.
For just £2, ‘The Jumps' will enable racing fans to select a stable star from a list of eight and then add nine others from a wider group of horses in training.
There is no limit to the number of entries.
The performance of the horses, their SPs and grade of races won will earn points and the customer with the highest number on March 18, will pick up the prize. If there’s more than one, then it will be divided.
There’s also a runners-up prize of £50,000, as well as £4,000 worth of prizes for monthly winners.
An extra bonus is that the ‘Stable Star’ if backed singly in a Hill shop, will entitle the customer to enhanced odds every time it runs and wins within the competition dates.
To avail of the greater odds, players must take along their printed entry slip when wanting to back that selection.
“We’re really excited about The Jumps,” said Kate Miller, William Hill’s Head of UK Racing.
“It’s something fresh — and we think it’ll be a huge hit with punters.
“Racing needs to attract a new youthful audience and we believe The Jumps is a step in the right direction.”
Meanwhile, a £20,000 bet was amongst the first taken on Kauto Star by the sponsors Hill for him to record an historic fifth King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day now that trainer Paul Nicholls has decided not to enter him in the Hennessy Gold Cup on Saturday week.
Nicholls, clearly anxious to make sure that there are no mishaps between now and Boxing Day, has persuaded owner Clive Smith to wait for another year before tackling the Hennessy.
William Hill has trimmed Star, who will be ridden by Noel Fehily, from 6-4 to 11-8 for the King George and he’s likely to go off much shorter on the day of the race.