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Mid-Winter Super Draft Comp Round 1 - Sat June 19


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ROUND 1 - Saturday June 19

N.B. I have an open home on Saturday, inconveniently scheduled for 10.00am in the morning so there may be a delay with posting Race 1 results.

New comp starts with the Grand Tour of the Anzac regions, kicking off in damp, cold Palmy and ending up in sunny Ipswich in the Qld heartland ! Gave the Parramatta swamp a miss this week....

Selections Close off at 12.15pm (NZ time)

Races are:

1. Awapuni R2 - 12.45pm - Manawatu ITM Awapuni Hurdles - $50k, 2900m, open hdl

2. Awapuni R4 - 1.55pm - LJ Hooker Manawatu Steeplechase - $50k, 4200m, open stpl

3. Awapuni R5 - 2.32pm - IPL Marketing Ltd/Nelson Pine Industries Ltd 1600 - $320k, 1600m, open hdcp

4. Ruakaka R7 - 2.57pm - MWIS Lawyers Bream Bay Cup - $32k, 2100m, open hdcp

5. Ruakaka R8 - 3.32pm - One Tree Point Hotel Bream Bay Sprint - $32k, 1200m, open hdcp

6. Flemington R5 - 4.05pm - The David Bourke - $125k, 1620m, BM 90 hdcp

7. Flemington R6 - 4.45pm - Sir Henry Bolte Hdcp - $135k, 2000m, 3yos qlty hdcp

8. Ipswich R7 - 5.17pm - TAB Ipswich Cup (LR) - $175k, 2150m, qlty hdcp

9. Ipswich R8 - 5.53pm - City of Ipswich Eye Liner Stks (LR) - $175k, 1350m, qlty hdcp

10. Ipswich R9 - 6.36pm - Ipswich Turf Club Gai Waterhouse Classic (LR) - $150k, 1200m, qlty hdcp fillies/mares




Blind Squirrel v Rob

PJ v Rex

Rees v Craig

Plovdiv v Graeme

Jason v Max



Pete v Ziggy

Sharne v Gary

Robert v Stevie N

Steve P v Ray

Maurice v Ian



Maria v Gordy

Midnight C v Roland

Pam v Jen

Punter Pete v Dino

Heather v Gee








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1. Players. Each team will consist of 5 players. If you can't play on a given week you may nominate a sub from outside the comp or have a team mate post for you although in the latter instance their selections on behalf of the missing player must vary from their own to some degree.

2. Draw. The draw will match each team against another team every week until all teams have played each other over two rounds in the Round Robin format. At the conclusion of the second Round Robin the team with the highest points tally will be the Mid-Winter Champions. Aggregate will decide ranking for teams level on points.

3. Selections. Competitors are required to select two runners per race. No subs are to be posted. All selections should be posted at the same time although I may make allowances if this is not possible due to late arrival for posting. Posting the same numbers for each race is not permitted. I don't think your team mates would want you to do that anyway.

4. Scratching Rule. You may post replacements for any scratching by making a new post (on your own selection thread) clearly indicating your replacement selection(s). This may now be done any time up until 30 minutes before the first race which I will refer to as CLOSING TIME. If you have not posted by then your Captain (or other team member) will have 30 minutes to submit a replacement set of selections on the selection thread. Any scratchings that require subs will can also be submitted by the Captains at that time. It would be very helpful if you are at all able, to please check your selections for scratchings before closing time. Once we are 30 minutes away from the start of race one, the selection thread will be opened to allow everyone to view everyone else's selections and for Captains to have 30 minutes to post any subs, BBs  etc. After this point ALL selections are LOCKED IN. Late scratchings will go to the TAB sub followed by the 2nd favourite by TAB win odds in that order. If more than one horse meets the latter criteria then the replacement will be the horse with the higher number. 

5. Investments. Each selection will be regarded as an imaginary $10 win bet while if both selections start, a $2 quinella combining the two selections will also be credited to the competitor. So that's a $22 investment per race per competitor if two tips are submitted.The races will usually be split 50/50 between NZ and Australia. 

6. Best Bet. Each selector may choose one race in each country as a "best bet" selection. All $$$ earned from these races will be doubled. In the event of scratchings the same best bet (BB) will apply. There will be no transference to a subsequent race. If your best bet race is abandoned - bad luck !@

7. H-T-H. The draw will pit individual players from the two teams drawn to play each other, against each other in head-to-head competition. The player with the most $$$ at the conclusion of the round is the winner for his team. The team with 3 or more winners wins the match.

8. Countback. If a head-to-head contest is a tie on $$$ earned then a countback will determine the winner by award victory to the player who uniquely selected the highest placed horse in the final event. In other words if you both selected the same horse that cancels itself out. It would be the two selections which are different which will determine the tie-breaker. If the selections are the same for the final event then the same parameter will apply to the penultimate race and so on.

9. Points. Teams will be awarded points as follows:
3-2 win - 2 points
4-1 win - 3 points
5-0 win - 4 points

Bonus points
Team profit bonus - 1 point
Losing team with higher aggregate than their conquerors - 1 point

So a well performed side which still loses may earn as many points (2) as a side which wins narrowly .

Each week there will be a team having their bye, however it will not be a week off. Picks will need to be submitted as usual. The Captain of the "bye team" can choose which of the other 3 matches they choose for their team to compete in. There are no head-to-heads for the 'bye" team. They are simply pitting their aggregate against that of the other two sides.

If they beat one of the other teams' aggregate scores, they score one point. If they beat the aggregate of both teams they score two points. They are also eligible for a bonus point for a team profit. So the maximum they can score is 3 points. They can also choose to use a Joker in their Bye week if they choose. This should add some interest to the comp. Captains can canvass their team or go alone with their choice of clash. The Captain of the Bye team has until Midnight on Friday to announce who their opponents will be.

11. Joker. During each of the Round Robin series, the team captain of each team may elect to play their "Joker". They must advise this in the post in which they make their selections. They may or may not confer with their team regarding this deployment. The Joker will double the final points tally for that team for that week. So it's possible to score 10 points (this has been done more than once) from a single round while it is also possible to play your Joker score 0 points and waste it completely.

12. Posting. Please post your selections by number (names are optional and unnecessary). If you post replacements for scratched horses then do so in a new post rather than edit your original. DO NOT POST SUBS IN BRACKETS WITH YOUR SELECTIONS.

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4 hours ago, brown fox said:

Thought I would do a little research on my opponent and discovered Plovdiv is the cultural capital of Bulgaria.Learn something every day😁

Does that mean we can call him Uncle Bulgaria ??

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6 hours ago, Globederby19 said:

A quick note to my Team CRAZY HORSE. I have to attend a Funeral tomorrow on the other side of the country at short notice ,so will have to travel early. Could someone keep an eye on scratchings for me please. Thanks .

Sorted ! Open home is off

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11 hours ago, Globederby19 said:

We still have the Wombles. Some of you lot voted them into Parliament. Hands up please!!🤣

We had a choice either Wombles or self exploding muppets.Although the Muppets actually got on together,not like Miss Piggy and her cohorts now.I went wombles by the way,only 3rd time ever voting Labour and at this stage next election will be 4th time.I like backing winners😃

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