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Sporting Predictions Competition

Leaderboard after Rugby Union European Cup, Rugby League Challenge Cup & Premier League Darts (80 entries):

26.5pts David Beddy

26pts Cameron Thomas

25.5pts Mike Brookes

25pts Richard Cox

24pts Alex Tarvit, Paul Williams, Martin Hall

23.5pts Martin Moore, Stuart Watson

23pts Terence Dennison, Russell Kitson

22.5pts Graham Wheldon, Adam Hewson, Phil Hayman

22pts Alan Waller

21.5pts Dan Green, Andrew Hook

21pts Ciaran Meagher, Lee Andrews, Mark Baker, John Marshman, Mike Symons

20pts Julie Richards

19pts James Cooksey, Mark Godfrey

19.5pts Vince Hemsley

18.5pts Sean Tarleton

18pts Chris Savage

17.5pts Alan Jacobs

17pts John Potter

16pts Mark Holleron

14.5pts Bill Boland

14pts Ashley Simpson

13.5pts Hayden Tennant, Tom Rennard, Neil Busby

13pts David Greenwood, Scott Finch

12.5pts Barry Hook

12pts Gary Fitzpatrick, Frank Ridgeway, Roy Stammers, Mark Ball, Andrew Heptinstall

11.5pts Ted Collins, Paul Coleman

11pts Tom Waller, Ian Straker, Dennis Holleran, Carl Redden, Keiran Andrews

10.5pts Dafydd Jones, Lee Gaish, Michael Moore, Stephen Marshman

10pts Mike Taylor, Andy Richmond, Paul Lynskey

9.5pts Robert Dunion

9pts Michael Dryburgh, Ken Allen

8pts Phil Froome, Len Aitken, Andy Erritt, Steve Harris

7.5pts Alan Turner, George Morland, Will Steele

7pts Nigel Armstrong, Roger Bairstow, Phil Coverdale

6.5pts Jason Starmer

6pts Dan Albright

5pts Gavin Beecham, Paul Sharp

3pts Andy Carver, Richard Jones

2pts Neal Harmer, Satvir Dhonsi, Matt Walton

The Competition

For some added fun to the website and also to help keep us stimulated during lockdown, I have devised a Sporting Predictions competition for the rest of 2020 comprising 34 events over 12 different sports which are listed below alongside the rules, timewise starting with the 1000 Guineas (we think) and ending with the PDC World Championship Darts in very early January 2021, with prize monies paid down to third.

None of the listed events are set to start or restart before June (entry deadline is May 25th) so during the next few weeks of lockdown you have plenty of time to delve into each event to nominate one selection for. If you are not on top of a certain sport, then I’d suggest using the oddschecker.com website to help guide you with how the markets are shaping up so there’s no excuse not to have a bit of fun and get the old grey cells working if you have done Netflix to death and are looking for something to help occupy your time.

The entrance fee is £10 and limited to one entry per person for members, contributors and friends (plus any of your close friends and family) of pauljoneshorseracing.com. The competition has its dedicated page at the bottom of the right-hand menu of the Home Page which will later include the leaderboard to be updated monthly (or after certain events if time permits). If you have close friends and family interested, you would send on their entries and entry fees along with your own at the same time to save on admin time. Given the potential admin time involved, I am not advertising this anywhere so it is invitation only.

The winner will receive 70% of the prize pool, the runner-up will receive 20% and the third will receive 10%. In the event of a tie, prize money will be shared equally between those successful entries.

It’s a bit of fun to keep us occupied until live sport restarts but hopefully it will also build into a prize worth winning too so, if you wish to enter, please let me know in advance so I can ascertain likely numbers.

Please make your selections from the 34 events listed below. There is no entry form as such, simply list your predictions in the order that events are listed below sport by sport:

Horseracing

It is expected that the four classics will take place in the summer following their postponement (looking like June for the 1000 & 2000 Guineas and July for the Oaks and Derby all behind closed doors) with the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and King George VI Chase at Kempton set to be run on November 28th and Boxing Day respectively.

1000 Guineas (Winner: 4pts, Runner-up 2pts) 1st Love, 2nd Cloak Of Spirits

2000 Guineas (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts) 1st Kameko, 2nd Wichita

Oaks (Winner 7pts, Runner-up 3.5pts) 1st Love, 2nd Ennistymon

Derby (Winner 6pts, Runner-up 3pts) 1st Serpentine, 2nd Khalifa Sat

Ladbrokes Trophy (Winner 6pts, Runner-up 3pts)

King George VI Chase (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts)

 

Football

Who knows when football will restart but there is a will from the Premier League and UEFA to finish the 2019/20 season at the top end so these events will hopefully be played to a conclusion by the autumn.

Premier League Golden Boot (Winner 2pts, Runner-up 1pt) 1st Jamie Vardy, 2nd= Pierre Emerick Aubameyang & Danny Ings

The Championship (Winner 1pt) 1st Leeds

FA Cup (Winner 2pts, Runner-up 1pt) 1st Arsenal, 2nd Chelsea

UEFA Europa League (Winner 5pts, Runner-up 2.5pts) 1st Sevilla, 2nd Inter Milan

UEFA Champions League (Winner 4pts, Runner-up 2pts) 1st Bayern Munich, 2nd Paris Saint Germain

 

Golf

The PGA Tour is set to resume in June behind closed doors. The Open Championship has been cancelled but the three other Majors have been rescheduled and The Ryder Cup remains where it was (Sept 25-27). The new dates are USPGA (August 6-9 - where it used to be until they changed the schedule last year), US Open (Sept 17-20) and The Masters (Nov 12-15).

USPGA Championship (Winner 9pts, Runner-up 4.5pts) 1st Collin Morikawa, 2nd= Dustin Johnson, Paul Casey

US Open (Winner 10pts, Runner-up 5pts) 1st Bryson DeChambeau, 2nd Matthew Wolff

Postponed to 2021 so expunged - Ryder Cup (Winner 1pt)

Postponed to 2021 so expunged - Ryder Cup Top European Points scorer (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts)

Postponed to 2021 so expunged - Ryder Cup Top USA Points Scorer (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts)

The Masters (Winner 8pts, Runner-up 4pts)

 

Tennis

The US Open remains set for August 30-September 13 with the French Open rearranged from May to take place between September 19-October 4.

US Open Men (Winner 4pts, Runner-up 2pts) 1st Dominic Thiem, 2nd Alexander Zverev

US Open Women (Winner 8pts, Runner-up 4pts) 1st Naomi Osaka, 2nd Victoria Azarenka

French Open Men (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts) 1st Rafael Nadal, 2nd Novak Djokovic

French Open Women (Winner 6pts, Runner-up 3pts) 1st Iga Swiatek, 2nd Sofia Kenin

 

Cricket

The ICC T20 World Cup returns after four years and is scheduled to be played in Australia between October 18-November 15.

Postponed to 2021 so expunged - ICC T20 World Cup (Winner 4pts, Runner-up 2pts)

 

Darts

The Premier League is set to resume in the autumn and the PDC World Championships is set to start in mid-December and likely to finish on January 3rd.

PDC Premier League (Winner 2pts, Runner-up 1pt) 1st Glenn Durrant, 2nd Nathan Aspinall

PDC World Championship (Winner 4pts, Runner-up 2pts)

 

Snooker

The World Championships have been postponed to July 31-August 16. If ever a sport could be played behind closed doors it is snooker given that silence is required. The UK Championship is staged for November 24-December 6.

World Championship (Winner 5pts, Runner-up 2.5pts) 1st Ronnie O'Sullivan 2nd Kyren Wilson

UK Championship (Winner 6pts, Runner-up 3pts)

 

Formula 1

No news yet on when the season will begin but the authorities have made the decision to take their usual summer break now to help ease the congestion and the number of races looks set to be cut (at last something to make it more open and interesting!).

Abandoned so expunged - Monaco Grand Prix (Winner 2pts, Runner-up 1pt)

British Grand Prix (Winner 2pts, Runner-up 1pt) 1st Lewis Hamiton, 2nd Joss Verstappen

 

Rugby League

Again, we are waiting on dates when the sport will restart with the Super League and Challenge Cup set to be played out over the summer and autumn.

Challenge Cup (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts) 1st Leeds, 2nd Salford

Super League Grand Final (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts)

 

Rugby Union

The Six Nations is all but over so just the Heineken Champions Cup for this year.

Heineken Champions Cup - European Rugby Champions Cup (Winner 2pts, Runner-Up 1pt) 1st Exeter, 2nd Racing 92

 

Cycling

The new dates after its usual July slot was postponed are for August 29-September 20.

Tour de France (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts) 1st Tadej Pogacar, 2nd Primoz Roglic

 

NFL

The NFL season is set to begin on September 10th and by the New Year we will know the winners of the 8 divisions. Rather than attempting to find the winners of those, select which teams you think will start the playoffs as the Number 1 seeds in both the NFC and AFC Conferences.

NFC Conference Number 1 seed (Winner 4pts, Runner-up 2pts)

AFC Conference Number 1 seed (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts)

 

Rules:

  1. All predictions and the entry fee of £10 to be received by no later than Monday, May 25th.
  2. Your predictions should be emailed to [email protected] – at the same time or after your entry fee of £10 is transferred to a bank account that will be given to you when you express your intention to enter. Please use your name as the reference on the bank transfer so I know who has sent it.
  3. Select just one prediction for the winner for each of the 35 sporting events listed above and should your selection finish first (and in 33 of cases, runner-up), you will receive the number of points allocated within brackets for that finishing position for that event. Points vary from event to event equating to the level of difficulty in selecting the winner. For example, predicting the winner of 156-player US Open Golf will earn you more points than the UEFA Champions League where 12 clubs remain in the competition. Similarly, if there is a short-priced favourite then points for that event will be lower i.e. Rafael Nadal for the French Open and Manchester City for the FA Cup.
  4. It is hoped that the 35 events will take place and be completed on time. However, if any event is not completed by the end of the PDC World Darts Championship Final (no date set yet but likely to be January 3rd 2021), those individual events will be deemed void irrespective of the standings of the time.
  5. All ties will count as full points. e.g. if your golfer is tied-second for an event then you will receive full points for finishing second rather than being split regardless of how many players tie for second.
  6. The editor’s decision is final.

If this six months’ competition proves to be a hit in giving added value to website members, then it could act as a forerunner to a Sporting Predictions Competition for the whole of 2021 which would also incorporate the Super Bowl, Cheltenham Festival, Six Nations, Grand National, European Football Championships and Olympic Games.

As I say, it’s a bit of fun to keep us occupied until live sport restarts but hopefully it will also build into a prize worth winning too so, if you wish to enter, please let me know in advance and I will send on bank account details (not the website bank account that you might already have in your system) to send on entry fees for you and any close friends and family.

Good luck.

Paul

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