As UK racing makes its return today, the Tote Group has revealed a number of new features that will be made available to punters.
The new features will ‘enhance the pool betting experience for customers’, and will feature the return of Tote Ten to Follow and bigger pools.
Alex Frost, Chief Executive of the UK Tote Group, said: “Like so many people, all of us at the Tote are excited to see the return of British racing. Despite the challenging environment it will bring great cheer when the starting stalls open for the first time at Newcastle Racecourse on Monday and we can all enjoy racing on these shores for the first time since March.
“We are clearly in unprecedented times and this calls for all of us to look at new and innovative ways to enhance the enjoyment of watching and betting on racing. The Tote stands shoulder to shoulder with everyone in the sport and we are playing our part in growing the appeal of pool betting and the role of the Tote in supporting the sport.
“We hope customers will engage with Tote Ten to Follow for the flat season with the enthusiasm they did during the jumps season, while Tote Guarantee and the new Pool Guarantee Service aim to further enhance the value and appeal of pool betting. There is much more to come from the Tote and we look forward to sharing more news with racing fans over the summer.”
As part of the Tote Ten to Follow, punters will be able to select horses and their own stables for the flat season, with three leagues to compete in – each with a 0% takeout by the Tote.
In addition, the Tote has added a number of new features, allowing players to amend their stables any time between now and the first day of Royal Ascot. According to the Tote, the season is set to run until Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 17th October, with a transfer window in August, but may be subject to change given potential amendments to the fixture list
Players will also be able to ‘feel like an owner’ by creating their own racing silks, creating multiple stables as well as being able to compete in private leagues with friends and family.
With the return of British racing, the Tote will also offer a new Pool Guarantee Service (PGS) to customers. Given racing will be behind closed doors for the foreseeable future, the PGS ‘will see the Tote replace some of this liquidity with a similar spread of activity ensuring customers can bet into robust pools where prices will be more stable for several hours ahead of each race’.
PGS will operate alongside Tote Guarantee, which ensures the Tote will always match the industry Starting Price (SP) or exceed it if the pool price is bigger on all Win bets.