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Picture: The Grant Maroun-trained In The Ether (Announce) lands the jackpot for two lucky players after overcoming a wide draw under Ryan Munger (JC Photos) 

Sporting Post

Two lucky players became the first jackpot winners of 2024 in the Hollywoodbets Punters’ Challenge when they shared the R720 000 jackpot prize by selecting all eight winners on the Turffontein card on Thursday.

There were ten jackpot winners of South Africa’s most popular free-to-play horseracing competition in 2023, and on Thursday players Sketts and EnQ made the best imaginable start to 2024, when they won R360 000 each.

On a relatively favourite friendly afternoon, competition was tight, but it was Sketts and EnQ who sweated through the last race to shout Grant Maroun’s In The Ether home under Ryan Munger.

EnQ is an unemployed Mom from Laudium in Johannesburg, and was thrilled when the Sporting Post contacted her.

“I am very happy. Thank you Hollywoodbets. This will mean a lot to me and my whole family.It will improve our lives,” she added.

Sketts did not answer our calls.

The Hollywoodbets Punters’ Challenge has created a multitude of winners over close on 4 years, with the top 20 players on the leaderboard sharing the designated must-be-won daily prize.

While Hollywoodbets Punters’ Challenge players pit their wits, skill, and racing knowledge against fellow competitors, the ultimate aim for a big payday, is to select all of the winners on a card as Sketts and EnQ did on Thursday.

Hollywoodbets offer the all-or-nothing jackpot prize to the player, or players, who correctly pick all the winners on any race day – and that’s all local race-meetings, as well as Hong Kong and Singapore.

For local racemeetings, the value of the all-or-nothing prize is determined by the number of runners at the race meeting multiplied by R10 000, for all venues.

For example, if there are 88 carded runners and 5 scratchings, then the all-or-nothing prize will be based on 83 runners at R10 000 each, giving a value of R830 000 as the prize!

At Hong Kong and Singapore racemeetings, the jackpot prize is R500 000.

As an added incentive to players, to top this, the all-or-nothing prize and the daily must-be-won prize will be doubled on local SA racemeetings for those players who have had a bet on the Punters’ Challenge Bet Slip, to the value of R50 or more, prior to the running of the first race.

The Bet Slip is programmatically generated and all you have to do is indicate an amount of R50 or more that you wish to wager.

Unfortunately Sketts and EnQ did not have their minimum bet, so did not double their respective payouts.

Over and above the premier aim of finding all the winners, daily prize money of R5 000 for each of the scheduled race meetings will be shared by the top 20 players on the points leaderboard at the end of the day.

The winner will be awarded R2 000, with the runner-up R1 000, and the balance apportioned in terms of the published rules down to the 20th finisher. These payouts are also doubled if the minimum R50 wager on the bet slip is taken.

The Hollywoodbets Punters’ Challenge is really easy to understand and to play.

All you need is a Hollywoodbets account and the choice is yours to either select one horse in each of the races at the designated race meeting or opt to make use of the ‘quick-pick’ option and take a chance!

There are five great chances to win this weekend, between Fairview on Friday, Hollywoodbets Kenilworth and Turffontein on Saturday, and Hollywoodbets Scottsville and Kranji (Singapore) on Sunday. 

Find out more here.