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Sporting Predictions Competition

A total of 78 entries were received for the 2021 competition. The leaderboard is updated following the end of the Ryder Cup. 


67pts Carl Redden

66pts Stuart Watson

63pts David Beddy

60.5pts Craig Johnson

60pts Richard Cox

54.5pts Chris Savage

53.5pts Chris Wright

52.5pts Jonathan Young, Dafydd Jones

50pts Steve Harris, John Marshman

48pts Nigel Dunnington

47pts Darren Mason

46pts Antony Marray, Alan Waller

43pts Darren Mason, Vince Hemsley

41.5pts Seamus King

40.5pts Adrian Kenton

40pts Dan Green

39pts Alan Turner

38pts Mark Cooper

37.5pts Hayden Tennant, Stuart Attwood, Bob Ripley, Andy Erritt

37pts Martin Moore, Nick Clark

36pts Nick Clark,John Chapman

34.5pts Stephen Marshman

33pts Shaun Thomas, Mark Barker, Roy Stammers

32.5pts Jonathan Young, Phil Coverdale

33pts Mark Chapman, George Wilson

32pts John Chapman

30.5pts Mark Godfrey

30pts Lee Andrews, Paul Coleman, Ted Collins

29pts Mike Symonds, Kieran Dawe, Adam Hewson, Alex Tarvit

28.5pts Andrew Hook

28pts Phil Toseland, Ciaran Meagher, Mike Carter 

27.5pts Mark Godfrey, Mike Brookes

27pts Will Steele, Mark Armstrong, Terence Dennison

26.5pts Gary Fitzpatrick

25pts Ashley Simpkins, Mark Skelton

24pts Patrick Woods, James Cooksey, Dan Allbright

23.5pts George Weyham, Nigel Armstrong

23pts Roger Bairstow, Julie Richards

21.5pts Justin Peartree

21pts Eamon Giblin, Andy Carver, Craig Richards, Michael Drysdale

20pts Mike Taylor, Tom Rennard 

19.5pts Neal Harmer, Tom Waller, Jimmy McCain

19pts Ken Allen, Satvir Dhonsi, Paul Sharp

17.5pts Neil Busby

17pts Neil Cole, Len Aitken

16.5pts Cameron Tillis, Barry Hook

16pts Keiron Andrews, Jason Starmer

15.5pts George Morland


Sporting Predictions Competition 2021

After the popularity of the 2020 competition I have devised a 2021 editiion comprising 50 events (plus bonus events) incorporating 11 different sports over the full year which are listed below alongside the rules.

The first event to come to a conclusion will be The Masters Snooker and the last will be the completion of The Ashes which is set to finish in Australia on January 14th 2022. Entry is by invitation only at £10 and limited to one per person and to be received by Friday, January 8th. Invitations are to website members, contributors and friends (plus any of your close friends and family) of If you have close friends and family interested in taking part, you would send on their entries and entry fees along with your own at the same time to save on admin time.

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 throughout the year but hopefully it will also build into a prize worth winning too.

Please make your selections from the 50 events listed below. There is no entry form as such, simply give your predictions in the order the events are listed sport by sport and transfer £10 to the bank account given at the bottom.

Points are allocated in line with how competitive that event appears at the time of this invitation. I would like every event to be competitive so you will note there are some notable omissions from the 2021 competition that will produce very obvious predictions like the Men’s French Open Tennis, Formula 1 World Championship, Tour de France and Rugby League World Cup for which I would be very confident that over 90% of entries will come up with the same names of Nadal, Hamilton, Pogacar and Australia.

There are also bonus events of just 1 point if you select the winner of those events which feature a very limited number of potential winners, which are listed at the bottom of the 50 events.

If you are not on top of a certain sport, then I’d suggest using the 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 during any free time during the festive period.


Irish Gold Cup (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts) 1st Kemboy, 2nd The Storyteller

Champion Hurdle (Winner 2pts, Runner-up 1pt) 1st Honeysuckle, 2nd Sharjah

Queen Mother Champion Chase (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts) 1st Put The Kettle On, 2nd Nube Negra

Ryanair Chase (Winner 6pts, Runner-up 3pts) 1st Allaho, 2nd Fakir D'Oudairies

Stayers’ Hurdle (Winner 4pts, Runner-up 2pts) 1st Flooring Porter, 2nd Sire Du Berlais

Cheltenham Gold Cup (Winner 6pts, Runner-up 3pts) 1st Minella Indo, 2nd A Plus Tard

Grand National (Winner 14pts, Runner-up 7pts) 1st Minella Times, 2nd Balko Des Flos

1000 Guineas (Winner 10pts, Runner-up 5pts) 1st Mother Earth, 2nd Saffron Beach

2000 Guineas (Winner 10pts, Runner-up 5pts) 1st Poetic Flare, 2nd Master Of The Seas

Oaks (Winner 10pts, Runner-up 5pts) 1st Snowfall, 2nd Mystery Angel

Derby (Winner 10pts, Runner-up 5pts) 1st Adayar, 2nd Mojo Star

King George VI Chase (Winner 6pts, Runner-up 3pts)



The Championship (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts) 1st Norwich, 2nd Watford

Premier League (Winner 2pts, Runner-up 1pt) 1st Manchester City, 2nd Manchester United

Premier League Golden Boot (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts) 1st Harry Kane, 2nd Mo Salah

FA Cup (Winner 5pts, Runner-up 2.5pts) 1st Leicester, 2nd Chelsea

UEFA Europa League (Winner 5pts, Runner-up 2.5pts) 1st Villareal, 2nd Manchester United

UEFA Champions League (Winner 4pts, Runner-up 2pts) 1st Chelsea, 2nd Manchester City

Euro 2020 (Winner 5pts, Runner-up 2.5pts) 1st Italy, 2nd England

Euro 2020 Golden Boot (Winner 8pts, Runner-up 4pts) 1st Cristiano Ronaldo, 2nd Patrick Schik



The Masters (Winner 8pts, Runner-up 4pts) 1st Hideki Matsuyama, 2nd Will Zalatoris

US PGA Championship (Winner 12pts, Runner-up 6pts) 1st Phil Mickelson, 2nd Brooks Koepka & Louis Oosthuizen

US Open (Winner 12pts, Runner-up 6pts) 1st Jon Rahm, 2nd Louis Oosthuizen

The Open Championship (Winner 12pts, Runner-up 6pts) 1st Collin Morikawa, 2nd Jordan Spieth

Ryder Cup Top European Points scorer (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts) 1st Jon Rahm, 2nd Sergio Garcia

Ryder Cup Top USA Points Scorer (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts) 1st Dustin Johnson, 2nd= Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay



Australian Open Men (Winner 2pts, Runner-up 1pt) 1st Novak Djokovic, 2nd Danil Medvedev

Australian Open Ladies (Winner 8pts, Runner-up 4pts) 1st Naomi Osaka, 2nd Jennifer Brady

French Open Ladies (Winner 6pts, Runner-up 3pts) 1st Krejikova, 2nd Pavyluchenkova

Wimbledon Men (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts) 1st Novak Djokovic, 2nd Mario Berrettini

Wimbledon Ladies (Winner 8pts, Runner-up 4pts) 1st Ashleigh Barty, 2nd Karilina Pliskova 

US Open Men (Winner 2pts, Runner-up 1pt) 1st Daniil Medvedev, 2nd Novak Djokovic

US Open Ladies (Winner 8pts, Runner-up 4pts) 1st Emma Radacunu, 2nd Leylah Fernandez



The Hundred (Winner 4pts, Runner-up 2pts) 1st Southern Braves, 2nd Birmingham Phoenix

T20 Blast (Winner 6pts, Runner-up 3pts) 1st Kent, 2nd Somerset

ICC T20 World Cup (Winner 4pts, Runner-up 2pts)



UK Open (Winner 4pts, Runner-up 2pts) 1st James Wade, 2nd Luke Humphries

Premier League (Winner 2pts, Runner-up 1pt) 1st Johnny Clayton, 2nd Jose de Sousa

World Matchplay (Winner 4pts, Runner-up 2pts) 1st Peter Wright, 2nd Dmitri van den Bergh

World Grand Prix (Winner 4pts, Runner-up 2pts)

Grand Slam (Winner 4pts, Runner-up 2pts)

PDC World Championship 2022 (Winner 4pts, Runner-up 2pts)



The Masters (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts) 1st Yan Bingtao, 2nd John Higgins

World Championship (Winner 5pts, Runner-up 2.5pts) 1st Mark Selby, 2nd Shaun Murphy

UK Championship (Winner 5pts, Runner-up 2.5pts)


Rugby Union

Six Nations (Winner 2pts, Runner-up 1pt) 1st Wales, 2nd France

Heineken Champions Cup - European Rugby Champions Cup (Winner 3pts, Runner-up 1.5pts) 1st Toulouse, 2nd La Rochelle


Rugby League

Challenge Cup (Winner 5pts, Runner-up 2.5pts) 1st St Helens, 2nd Castleford

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



Super Bowl (Winner 2pts, Runner-up 1pt) 1st Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 2nd Kansas City Chiefs


Bonus Points (1pt for naming the winner of the following events)

Carabao Cup/EFL Cup (Winner 1pt) 1st Manchester City

University Boat Race (Winner 1pt) 1st Cambridge

Champion Jockey Jumps Season (Winner 1pt) 1st Harry Skelton

Irish Champion Trainer Jumps Season (Winner 1pt) 1st Willie Mullins

Euro 2020 Group A (Winner 1pt) Italy

Euro 2020 Group B (Winner 1pt) Belgium

Euro 2020 Group C (Winner 1pt) Netherlands

Euro 2020 Group D (Winner 1pt) England

Euro 2020 Group E (Winner 1pt) Sweden

Euro 2020 Group F (Winner 1pt) France

Olympic Games Medal Table without USA (Winner 1pt) China

Ryder Cup (Winner 1pt) USA

Champion Jockey Flat Season (Winner 1pt)

The Ashes (Winner 1pt)



  1. All predictions and the entry fee of £10 to be received by no later than Friday, January 8th.
  2. Your predictions should be emailed to [email protected] – at the same time or after your entry fee of £10 is transferred to the bank account given at the bottom of this page which is not the same account for which you send annual subs.
  3. Select just one prediction for the winner for each of the sporting events listed above (in the order that they appear above) and should your selection finish first or second, you will receive the number of points allocated within brackets for that finishing position for those 50 events, plus any 1 point bonuses from the events listed directly below them. Points vary from event to event equating to the level of difficulty in selecting the winner at the time of the invitation. For example, predicting the winner of 156-player US Open Golf will earn you more points than the Six Nations. Similarly, if there is a short-priced favourite then points for that event will be lower. If any event is not completed by the end of The Ashes 2022, those individual events will be deemed void irrespective of the standings of the time.
  4. 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.
  5. The editor’s decision is final.
  6. Bank details for this competition are: Account: 65861590 - Sort Code: 53-61-33 - Nat West.


2020 Final Leaderboard

1) 39pts Martin Moore 

2=) 36pts John Marshman

2=) 36pts Mark Symons


32.5pts Stuart Watson, Richard Cox

30pts Mike Brookes, Phil Hayman

29pts Russell Kitson

33pts Mark Ball

29pts John Potter

28.5pts Graham Wheldon 

28.5pts Vince Hemsley 

28pts Mark Godfrey

28pts Alan Waller

27.5pts Andrew Hook

27pts Chris Savage, Paul Williams, Alan Jacobs, Ciaran Meagher

26.5pts David Beddy, Dafydd Jones

26pts Cameron Thomas

25.5pts Alex Tarvit, Adam Hewson, Martin Hall

24.5pts Mark Baker

23pts Terence Dennison, Dan Green, Mark Holleron

21.5pts Dan Green, Sean Tarleton, Andrew Heptinstall

21pts Frank Ridgeway, Lee Andrews, Hayden Tennant

20.5pts Ian Straker, Lee Gaish

20pts Julie Richards

19pts James Cooksey, Paul Lynskey

18.5pts Sean Tarleton, Tom Waller

17pts Dennis Holleran

16.5pts Will Steele

16pts Bill Boland, David Greenwood, Andy Richmond, Andy Eritt

15.5pts Barry Hook, Robert Dunion

15pts Roy Stammers

14.5pts Paul Coleman, Ted Collins

14pts Ashley Simpson, Carl Redden

13.5pts Tom Rennard, Neil Busby, Gary Fitzpatrick, Neil Busby, Stephen Marshman

13pts Scott Finch

12.5pts Satvir Dhonsi

12pts Michael Moore, Mark Holleron, Ken Allen

11pts Keiran Andrews, Steve Harris, Jason Starmer, Len Aitken, Gavin Beecham

10pts Mike Taylor

9.5pts Andy Erritt

9pts Michael Dryburgh, Richard Jones

8.5pts Phil Coverdale

8pts Phil Froome, Matt Walton, Neal Harmer

7.5pts Alan Turner, George Morland

7pts Nigel Armstrong, Roger Bairstow

6pts Dan Albright, Andy Carver

5pts Paul Sharp

Jumps Season Service

An approximate 6 months' service running between October 21st 2021 until the end of the Punchestown Festival 2022 focussing on weekend previews, major festivals and Cheltenham Festival Ante-Post updates. Membership: £495.

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All-Inclusive Service

A 12 months’ service that can be ordered at any time featuring ALL the content encompassed within the Jumps Season Service in addition to Flat racing and Sports analysis. Membership: £895.

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