Capital Ratings' system for the Racing Post Betfred-Tote Ten-To-Follow Competition
14.11.12 - As previously announced, the stumps have been pulled on our former extensive coverage of the Racing Post/Tote TTF competition after eleven years online.

Postal entries are no longer allowed.  Instantaneous entries are the way forward - either online at or using the TTF betting slip coupons in any Betfred betting shop (phone 0800 666 160 for the location of your nearest shop and verification they have plenty of coupons).  Scoring races start from Friday 16th November but later entries are permitted at anytime through to 30th November.

The competition has changed quite a bit for the 2012-13 Jumps season.  Changes which should play right into the hands of our system.  So, anybody intending to enter this year's TTF should find our blank template (the table below) a good starting point.  It is exactly the same template as has been used on here for years - apart from removal of a now-obsolete section for February substitutions.

The template can be printed off from your browser so that prospective horses' names can be handwritten in the empty rows in column 3.  Or, better still, the page can be saved to your computer so that horses' names can be typed directly into the empty rows on your own computer screen, the way we do ourselves.  For more help on both those options, see the item "How to use this blank template" just below the tables.  >>
   Once you have compiled your shortlist of jumpers in adherence with the purple guidelines and other specific rules in the table, the horses should then be permed loosely into fancied lines of ten in adherence with the system's perming Instructions 1 to 6, in brown text in column 3.

The value of our system (template and rules) is that it guarantees every line submitted will be a well constructed line.  Which is half the battle in the TTF competition.

Good luck to everybody.

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  Col 2 Col 3 (The shortlist) Col 4
(Type of Jumper)
Enter 32 horses' names max in the 36 spaces provided (the vacant spaces are used by a wildcard rule).

   Brown text = Perming instructions.
Horses which are borderline for col 3 can be listed in the relevant blocks here in col 4, below the purple guidelines
  Col 2 rule Col 3 rule Col 4 rule


2m Hrdlrs - Chmpn Hdl types.

Up to 4 sels rqd in this category.

4-6yo's preferred age.
Perming Instructions (1) - When entering the TTF in November, for your first line of ten, start by choosing any two horses from the four rows below, then proceed down to note (2)...

    No.  Form  Horse  AgeSex  Trainer
0 1623  3F-2 HorseName 5g Pipe (specimen row)
In November, use's latest ante-post betting grid for the Champion Hurdle as a guide to four quality 2m hurdlers with CH aspirations for the block left.  If you don't fancy four leave a blank row where the bypassed horse would have been.  Additional hurdlers may be considered for the bottom (Misc) section, not here.


Up to 8 sels rqd for this 3-part sctn.

2m Chsrs - Qn Mother Chase types.

5-8yo preferred.
(2) ...take any two horses from the eight rows below, then continue to note (3)...

Use's latest ante-post grid for Queen Mother Chase as a guide to four quality horses for the block left.  If you don't fancy four leave a blank row where the bypassed horse would have been.
  2m Nov Chasers - Arkle Trophy types.
5-8yo preferred.
Use's latest ante-post grids for the Arkle and RSA Chase as a guide to four quality novice chasers for the blocks left.  Additional NCs may be considered for the bottom (Misc) section.
  3m Nov Chasers - 3m RSA types.
5-9yo preferred.


2½m Hcp Chsrs - Paddy Power types.

Up to 4 sels rqd for this block.

5-9yo preferred.
(3) ...take any one horse from the four rows below, then continue down to note (4)...


Use first four in's latest possible ante-post grid for Paddy Power GC - subject to PPGC and Ryanair rule

Up to 12 sels rqd for this 3-part sctn.

3m Chsrs - King George VI Chase types.

5-10yo preferred.
(4) ...take any three horses from the twelve rows below, then continue to note (5)...

King George, Chelt Gold Cup and Hennessy types - use first four in's latest ante-post grids for the three races.  If you do not fancy as many as four for each of these three blocks, leave one or two blank rows somewhere.  Also, if the same horse appears in more than one block, initially leave a blank at one of those occurrences.

Also see 3m+ Chasers rule
  3¼m Chsrs - Chelt Gold Cup types.

5-10yo preferred.

3¼m Hcp Chsrs - Hennessy GC types.

5-10yo preferred.



Up to 8 sels rqd for this two-block sctn.

NH pref 4-6yo
SH pref 5-7yo
NC pref 5-8yo
SC pref 6-11yo

Misc sctn rule.
(5) ...take any two horses from the final eight rows below, then continue down to final note (6)...


GN ruleStar Horse ruleBetting rule.
Use's latest ante-post grids for the World Hurdle for a quality staying hurdler to go at position 1.  If you fancy a second SH, put it posn. 5.  Try to leave at least four blank rows overall so as to give not more than 32 sels.  A blank row in the Misc section left is good strategy.  Fill in the blanks, after perming them pro-rata into your lines, as a final fine-tuning step, strictly as per the Wildcard rule.
(6) ...on completing your first line of ten, return to top of list and pick another line of ten, choosing differing horses.  Repeat this until you have completed the number of lines you intend to enter.  It is recommend, in your first four lines, that you include all 36 selections (including all blank sels.), to guarantee you have covered every scoring horse at least once in your overall entry.  In each of those first four lines, mix stronger horses and blanks with more speculative horses.  Then, in lines 5, 6, 7 etc., start to whittle out your lesser fancies so as to pull in more of your personal stronger fancies and some more pro-rata blanks.  Finally, as a very last step, fill in all those wildcard blanks, still using only horses from somewhere in the shortlist, so as to fine-tune all lines with blanks in them, strictly in accordance with the Wildcard rule (link just above).  We suggest about 25 lines in all - that's £125, which is only about £6 a week for a whole season's enjoyment and anticipation - without breaking the bank if things turn out bad this year for either your shortlist or your choices of tens from it.
Read more on perming.   Disclaimer.
Template based on an original system by Capital Ratings.
No copyright restrictions on copying, printing, altering or uploading to the web, on condition the acknowledgement just above stays in place.

Key to abbreviations used in the above table:-

col = column    GC = Gold Cup    NC = Novice Chaser    NH = Novice Hurdler    SC = Staying Chaser    Sel = selection    SH = Staying Hurdler    Trnr = trainer    yo = years old at start of season.

Best line currently is as follows...
Type Names of horses    Pts  
2m hurdlers (2 sels per
QM, Arkle & R&SA Chase
types (2 sels per line)
Paddy Power sel (1 per line)      00.00
3m+ chasers (3 sels per
Misc (NH, NC, SH, SC or
W/card)  (2 sels per line)
     Best 10 scorers to date =  000.00
Real leader's score =  000.00

How to use this blank template

The blue links in the above table will only work when you are reading this page online, they will not work on any downloaded copy being used offline.  The links lead to different parts of a single web page of rules and we recommend you save that page to your hard disk at the same time as this template page.  More on the 'saving' procedure later.

Using our blank table and associated rules, albeit possibly with some horses of your own choosing, will ensure every line you enter will be consisting of the right kind of horses in the right kind of proportions.  This means you will be entering only lines which are well-structured lines.  And, as all serious TTF fans know, that is half the battle in this difficult but exciting competition.

The template can be used to list any number of horses from 18 all the way up to 36.  To cover a basic 18 selections, your strongest horses' names should be written against all the pink numbers in col 3.  But 18 is not really sufficient to give enough runners through the season to sustain one's interest.  To cover between 19 and 27 horses, further names should be added against the yellow numbers.  To cover between 28 and 36 horses, your more speculative horses' names should be added against the green numbers.  This latter range is the one we recommend, 32 being good.  This number is impossible to perm tightly, of course, but, on the other hand, will ensure runners in practically every key race.

There are two ways in which you can use the online blank table.  Either (i) print off a paper copy and handwrite horses' names on the sheet or (ii) recommended, save the page to your computer's (My) Documents folder, so you can open it offline and type directly into the blank table.  Fuller instructions now follow...

1.  How to print the blank table

1.1  To print the whole page

You can print out this entire page, while you are still online, directly from your web browser.  To do so in Internet Explorer or Firefox, click File > Print Setup... > at Margins, change the settings for all four margins from the present setting (e.g. 25mm), down to 12mm (so as to see more table per page) > OK [NB. Still no Print Setup or Margins option in Chrome (to v13).]  Then, click File > Print > at print range, choose to print just the first two pages (that's enough to span the full table) > if there is a choice between printing in B&W or colour, choose B&W (no point in wasting expensive coloured inks) > at number of copies, choose 1 > OK.  If you do not have a working printer for your own computer, you can call up this web page on any other computer e.g. a friend's, one at work, or one in an icaff, and print the page from there.

1.2  To print just the table area

If you just want to print the bare table, with little or none of the extraneous text above or below it, set up the four margins to 12mm as per item 1.1 > hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse down the area of the page containing the table, so as to highlight just the whole of the table, taking care to include the top and bottom borders of the table > with the table suitably highlighted, release the mouse button > then click File > Print > at print range choose 'Selection' > at number of copies, choose 1 > OK.  The print-off will spread over two x A4 pages.

2.  How to type directly on the screen

Being able to type onto the screen is the recommended option because it is then so much easier to add or delete selections or shunt selections about.  Start by downloading this page...

2.1  To save (download) the web page

With this web page page still open in your browser, online, click File > Save as... > choose to save in (My) Documents > choose to save as a web page complete (*.htm) > click Save.  Then open your (My) Documents folder > find the saved file (by default called current.htm) and make a copy of it > name the copy after the current racing season so it might read 2012-13.htm (assuming file extensions are set to be visible on your system).  You now have a blank master for future years (i.e. current.htm), plus a separate copy to work on for the current season.  The downloaded .htm page will be accompanied by a yellow folder, automatically created by your browser, called something like 'files_current'.  This will contain structural files needed to preserve the page's formatting.  There is no need to open that folder, but do not delete or rename or move it to a different folder or the page formatting will be lost.

For convenient access to the working copy of the current.htm file, create a shortcut to it on your desktop.  Once that is done, double-click the shortcut and the page should open offline in your default browser, and should look exactly like...  continued in RH col.
   Cont. from LH col.

the online one you are either looking at now or were looking at earlier.

2.2  To edit the saved page

Right-click on the new shortcut on your desktop > choose 'Open with...' > from the tools listed as capable of opening a .htm file, select either the offered word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word) or a web editor (e.g. Microsoft FrontPage).  Do not opt for Notepad, Wordpad or Excel, if any of those are listed, as they are not suitable.  Notes on editing the page in a word processor follow next, and in a web editor after that.

2.2.1  To edit the page with MS Word or other Word Processor

The HTML file should open satisfactorily in most brands of word processor since and including MS Word 2002, but possibly not OpenOffice or LibreOffice.  Be careful, though, after editing the contents in a word processor, to save the file back as a .htm file, not as a native word processor file (like .doc or .docx).  An htm file will be much smaller and will print off nicer.  When opening the .htm file in a word processor (or a web editor), you will see the outlines of all the layout tables which are used to construct the web page.  Those table outlines will disappear when viewing or printing the page via a web browser.  Do not try to remove any of the outlines seen in the editing program.  Just ignore them.

To start adding your best horses, click in the most appropriate of the five cells with a pink number 1, and start typing away.  Keep saving your work regularly as you proceed and, at the end of each editing session, make a copy of the file to external media just so you will never be in any danger of losing hours of accumulated work.

If you intend to print off a copy of the edited page at some stage, the best way is not from the word processor or web editor.  Instead, save the file as a .htm file, then open the file off-line in a web browser, via the shortcut on the desktop, and print it from the browser.  That will ensure no structural table outlines show on the printed copy.

If you are using a word processor to enter horses' names in the working-copy of the template, and the word processor is coping satisfactorily, skip the next part 2.2.2 and go straight to item 3.

2.2.2  To edit the page with a web editor

If, for some unknown reason, your word processor cannot open, render or edit the .htm file reliably, or you do not have a word processor installed, then using a web editor is the solution.  There was a time when no word processors could open or edit HTML files so a web editor was always needed to edit any .htm file.  Consequently, there are dozens of different WYSIWYG web editors available.  However, only a handful can handle the file blank template file because it uses flexible (squishy) container tables throughout.  Suitable editors are Dreamweaver 4+, FrontPage 2000+, GoLive 6+ or Namo, or freebies Netscape Composer, Nvu, KompoZer or BlueGriffon.  If you do not already have one of those seven, the one to download would be BlueGriffon or KompoZer.  You will not need to learn anything about HTML or web design.  The tool is just a vehicle to open the table so you can type straight in it.  Populating a shortlist in a web editor is just as easy and intuitive as doing it in a Word table or an Excel spreadsheet.

KompoZer does not require installing (at the last time of trying) - it just runs.  Extract the downloaded zip file's contents directly into a new folder called KompoZer > move the folder so it has the path C:\Program Files\KompoZer.  Then put a shortcut to KompoZer on the desktop, and one in Windows' Send To menu.  You will now be able to either open KompoZer first and browse to the .htm file to open it or, alternatively, right-click on the .htm file first and choose Send To to cause the file to open in KompoZer.

3.  Moving a horse to a different row or block

When you want to shift a horse's name from one place to another, do not try to move the complete table row.  Instead, select the text making up the horse's name etc. and cut and paste it to the new position.  If another horse was already in that new position, continue by selecting that one and cut and paste that one to its new position.

4.  Finally

Using our blank table as a template for your NH shortlist will automatically ensure your jumpers are efficiently arranged.  And the associated rules within the table and on the separate rules' page (which you should also print off from your browser, or download and save), will ensure that every line you enter will be a well balanced line of ten.

Good luck with your endeavours and thank you for using our system as the basis.

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