The 25th is a very special day every month as the finals of the famous Royal Team Cup, the oldest racing competition of the game, are being held.
It starts at 7:01 pm local time with the 1Y old Flat Racing final, till 10:18 pm with the latest race, the 8Y old Trotting final. 24 finals will follow one after the other: in 3 racing disciplines (Flat, Hurdling, trotting), 8 generations of age (1 to 8 years old horses).
The competition ranking table will be calculated and published in real time after each arrival. The Team Cup is a fierce competition where the horses (the best of their generation) are prepared for this special occasion since a long time. Most of them had first to pre-qualify within Team Races and then qualify during the first round races that were held on the 15th.
For a Team, winning the Team Cup is entering the legend of the game.
For a stable owner, winning a Team Cup final is an excellent publicity for his stud, and always good for the portfolio too!
The Melbourne Cup is a Flat race counting towards the NewTurf's World Championship :
monthly inter-discipline ranking which aims to designate the NewTurf's World Champion(please see the Regulations of the World Championship).
Newturf World Championship Rules
Article 1: definition
The World Championship is a monthly championship, its aim is to award the title of World Champion to stable Owners, all disciplines mixed up.
The ranking depends on the number of points obtained and this is based on the following 3 disciplines:
- For Flat : Melbourne Cup
- For Hurdles : Liverpool Cup
- For Trotting: Stockholm Cup
Article 2 : Schedules for the two qualifying rounds
The first qualifying round races (two races per discipline) are held every 23rd day of the month.
The finals are held every 27th day of the month.
Each race is for a maximum of 20 runners, with only one horse allowed per owner.
Runners for a race are selected based on a first come, first served basis. Once a semi-final is full, its status is changed to preparation.
Article 3 : rules to qualified for the finals
For each discipline and each age category: the 6 first of each semi-finals are qualified.
If there is a semi-final with 10 runners and another with 4 runners, only the first 6 of the first semi-final and the other 4 runners will be qualified.
Article 4 : Calculating ranking points
A horse winning a final will score 12 points, the second horse will score 11 points, the third one 10 points etc... one owner can not accumulate points in a single final, if he is to finish first and third for example, the third horse will score 0 points, and the 4th horse will score the usual 9 points.
In Hurdles, a horse falling will score 0 points.
Article 5 : Rankings
Firstly the ranking is done per category (if there is a tie, which horse will be selected depends on the number of victories of each horse and if necessary the number of times where they came second).
The overall ranking (total of points obtained from the 3 disciplines) determines the winner: NewTurf's World Champion (honorary).
The ranking for the world championship is made public on the 27th at 11:10am i.e 2 minutes after the arrival of the last final of the Stockholm Cup.
The ranking is available HERE .
Article 6 : distances
Flat : semi-finals over 1600m and final over 2200m.
Hurdles : semi-finals over 2200m and final over 1600m.
Trotting : semi-finals over 2200m and final over 1600m.
Article 7 : registration fee and prize money
The registration fee is 50 Euro cents per horse, for all 3 disciplines.
The registration is referred to as "visible", meaning that one can see the horses of the opponents as the registrations goes along.
The sharing of the prize money is of type "flat" and its the same for both rounds (semi-finals and finals).
Article 8 : race creation and schedules
The semi-finals will be created 48 hours before they are held.
The races of the first qualifying round as well as those for the finals takes place between 8:01 to 8:08 for Flat, between 8:11 to 8:18 for Hurdles, between 8:21 to 8:28 for Trotting.
The Random Number Generator (RNG), scaling, and mapping algorithms used (in small proportion) in the transmission from one generation to another of genetic factors (heredity and breeding algorithms) have been independantly evaluated as fair and not predictable.