The UK is set to be like an oven this week, with temperatures soaring ahead of the 2017 Royal Ascot meeting. Here at Severn Sport though, the heat is on reigning Severn Sport Tipster League champion Charlie Hughes, aka Square Leg, to retain the crown that he won in such emphatic style on debut at Aintree in March.
There has been a lot of talk in the build up from The Press Officer (Kelsey De Maria), who has proclaimed himself to be the ‘King of the Flats’ and we are starting to see a bit of trash talking from his side against the team of On The Outside (Gloucester City players Zack Kotwica and Joe Hanks).
Elsewhere the battle of the workplace sees Bacon (Ryan Butler) looking to finish above Sweet Prince (Damon Highet) and The Gee Gee Girls (Rosie Mayo & Maryanne Gay). It will be a tough task for the Head of Programming at Severn Sport, as he bids to put his Grand National meeting troubles behind him and finish ahead of the ever-consistent Sweet Prince.
There is also a second outing in Severn Sport Tipster League for On Blast (William Beauchamp) and a third outing for Severn Sport regulars The Fox (Michael Hedley-Ward) & The Bear (Douglas Bowen). And now it is unlikely for horses to fall on the flat tracks surely Mr & Mrs Severn Sport (Matt & Emma Yates) will be eyeing at least a top half finish!! Only time will tell.
Those of you that have followed the Cheltenham Festival and Aintree Festival Tipster Leagues will be aware of the format and the rules, but if you’re new to this, let’s just have a quick recap of what’s what.
Each day our man Ryan Butler has chosen three races.
In each race the competitors need to pick 1 winner, 1 each way and 1 reserve (to replace a potential non-runner).
If either the winner or the each way shot wins the race, the competitor wins 3 points.
If the each way shot places in the race then the competitor wins 1 point.
If the winner wins and the each way finishes 2nd then the competitor wins 5 points.
If the each way wins and the winner finishes 2nd then the competitor wins 4 points.
If the competitor picks a winner of 10/1 or higher they will win 2 bonus points.
If the competitor picks a winner of 20/1 or higher they will win 5 bonus points.
If either of the competitors horses fall or fail to finish their race they will suffer a penalty of -2 points.
And finally to wet the appetite of all involved here are tomorrow’s all important races on the opening day of the Tipster League:
2:3opm – Queen Anne Stakes
3:40pm – The King’s Stand Stakes
5:00pm – The Ascot Stakes
Now go and get some sleep. Rest those weary eyes and cool off ahead of one of the most enthralling weeks in horse racing. See you nice and early tomorrow morning for Royal Ascot Day 1 predictions.