Whilst we frequently focus on football here at DailyFantasyUK, it’s worth remembering that the world of DFS includes a vast range of sports. In fact, in the past, we’ve written articles covering daily fantasy golf, cricket, and basketball. Now, there’s a new addition to the roster: daily fantasy racing.
The eagle-eyed amongst you may think this is nothing new—after all, DraftKings have long offered NASCAR tournaments. But we’re not talking about racing with four wheels—think four legs instead. Yes, The Telegraph are bringing horse racing into the world of daily fantasy—and we just can’t wait to try it out! Read on to learn more about this exciting new daily tournament, and find out how you can get involved!
What is daily fantasy horse racing?
If you’re familiar with other daily fantasy sports, you’ll immediately get a feel for daily fantasy racing. The game, which features on The Telegraph’s Predictor section, brings the fun of DFS into one of the UK’s most popular betting sports: horse racing. As such, there’s likely to be a natural audience for the new game.
Like traditional fantasy sports, daily fantasy racing works using a league system. You’ll need to pick a horse for each of seven available races at a given track. You score points if your horse manages to finish first, second or third in its race. Once all the races are over for the day, whoever finishes in the top three in their league wins prizes—depending on which tournament you enter, this could either be points or cash.
How does the scoring work?
As mentioned, you score points when your horse finishes in the top three of its race. Under standard scoring, you’ll receive 100 points if your horse wins its race, 50 points if they finish second, and 25 if they come third.
However, there are more intricacies to the scoring system which can help you rack up more daily fantasy racing points. Another important factor to watch out for is your horse’s starting price (SP). If you choose a horse with an SP of 5/1 or more, your points will be doubled—so, for example, you’ll receive 200 points for first place, 100 for second, or 50 for third. Choose a horse whose SP is 10/1 or more, and you’ll get three times the standard points score. And if your horse has an SP of 20/1 or more, you’ll get four times the basic score!
The last variable to factor in is the banker. When you choose your horses for all seven races, you’ll also need to select one of them to act as your ‘banker’. This is the horse that you believe is nearly certain to win its race. Choosing a horse as your banker doubles its score—so, if it finishes first, you’ll get 200 points.
The best part is that the banker bonus can stack up with the SP bonus. This means that if you choose a horse priced at 25/1 as your banker, and it goes on to win its race, your 100 points will be doubled and then quadrupled—giving you 800 points!
How do I play?
To start, simply head over to The Telegraph’s Predictor site, and choose your tournament! There is at least one race meeting available to play on site every day, meaning you never have to miss out on the fun.
Whether you’re looking to play for cash or simply for fun, there’s a game for you. Both freeroll and paid tournaments are available. If you opt for a freeroll game, you’ll win a fixed number of points: 500 points if you finish first, 300 if you’re second, and 200 if you’re third.
The prize fund for paid tournaments is dependent on the number of players who enter. Typical entry fees stand at £1, which forms the prize fund. So, for example, if 50 players enter, the prize fund would stand at £50. The prize fund is then divided between the top 5 players. In this case, the winner would receive £25, 2nd place would take £12.50, 3rd gets £6.25, 4th gets £3.75, and 5th gets £2.50.
No matter which tournament you choose, racing fans won’t want to miss out on the action here. Check it out today!