Book 2 of Newmarket's world famous yearling sales starts today but, as Tony Stafford put it earlier, that session is only for "the merely seriously rich owners".
Meanwhile, in the real world of you and me, such hammer prices as were achieved at Book 1 last week tend to veer towards the faintly offensive. Top lot, a gorgeous daughter of Dank, by Galileo, sold for four million guineas.
To work out the sterling equivalent of a guinea, add 5%. Thus, a guinea is £1.05. And four million guineas is £4,200,000. Yikes.
So as I was scanning the sales prices there, through sick in mouth moments, I hit upon an idea: an idea which makes us all mega-million owners, after a fashion at least. How about a competition to own a few of these horses?
We've all heard of Fantasy Football, and ten to follow competitions. Well, this is a twist on that theme. Here's how I propose it will work:
- Pick four yearlings from last week's Book 1 sale. >>>They're all listed here<<<
- To enter, add a comment below this post with your selected quartet's lot number, sales prices and, to be safe, the sire and dam, e.g. Lot 418, 4,000,000, Galileo / Dank
- You'll score performance points when they run well next year, as below. The top scorer at the end of the season will win. Simples!
Because it would be too easy to pick the top four lots and trust to luck, points will be scored based on performance versus hammer price, i.e. we're looking for your value eye at the sales. Points are only scored for UK and Irish races, and only from March 1st to November 10th 2018. Points will be scored based on hammer price, in the following groups:
Royalty: Above 1,000,000
Pinkhookers: Below 250,000
Win below Listed Class, or Group 1 2nd or 3rd
Royalty - 10 points
Nobility - 20 points
Pinhookers - 25 points
Group 2, Group 3, or Listed win
Royalty - 20 points
Nobility - 40 points
Pinhookers - 60 points
Group 1 win
Royalty - 40 points
Nobility - 70 points
Pinhookers - 100 points
Any horse winning three times in Britain and/or Ireland during the season will score 50 bonus points.
You may pick your four horses from anywhere on the list. More expensive horses are more likely to win nice races, but will score less points in so doing. A mix of top, middle and bottom may be a prudent approach, but that is up to you!
This is intended as a bit of fun, but there will be three prizes as follows:
WINNER: Annual Geegeez Gold subscription (free year if already a Gold subscriber), plus a selection of five racing books.
Second: Three months Gold subscription, plus two racing books.
Third: Three months Gold subscription
Sound like fun? Good. Now you no longer have a reason to envy those aiming to make a small fortune by starting with a large one - or Coolmore - and can take them on head to head. Kind of 😉
Entries will close on 31st October, for reasons of expediency more than anything.
ADD YOUR ENTRY IN THE COMMENTS BELOW NOW!
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