Channel Four Racing loves to feature regular competitions and viewers are welcome to take part in any or all of them. The easiest to enter are The Picture Puzzle and Monkey Business.


Saturday 1st December - Haydock Park & Newcastle

Brian Forsyth - (129 points)


The rules and number for the Champion Tipster competition have changed. To take part you must now dial 0901 56 44844, calls cost 60p per minute. There is a fast-track service for regular players so that their calls take less time.

The new rules ask you for three selections per race in all of the televised races from the English and Scottish courses. In weeks when we include a race or two from Ireland, these are not usually included in the Champion Tipster Competition.

To score points, one or both of your selections must finish in the first three. Points are then awarded according to the starting price with an additional 10 points being awarded to the winner of each race. So, if your horse wins at 4-1 you get 4 points for the SP and a further 10 points for the win. If it were second or third at 4-1 you would get 4 points. Horses starting at odds on or less than 2-1 receive 1point, plus a win bonus if they win.

After all races have been won you add up the total number of points scored and watch Channel Four Racing for a claims total. If you have scored more than the claims total - which is usually about 70% of the the maximum number of points available that day - then dial the claims number, which is 0870 904 5051 or 00 44 870 904 5051 from Ireland. (N.B. The claims number is occasionally different, so check out the programme for the correct one).

The winner is the person with the most points and he, or she, then receives 5 per point. So, if you score 200 points, you'd win 1,000. Often there are bonanza bonus prizes with awards up to 250,000 on offer. For details of these, watch Channel Four Racing during the big events.


Sandown Park & Wetherby - 8th December - 'Rooster Booster'

Martha Lomanto, Ilford
Peter King, Leeds
Jennifer Ferris, Matlock


The Picture Puzzle is a contest featuring a cartoon. Every Saturday our cartoonist Paul Hardman offers up an illustration which is inspired by a horse running somewhere in Britain that afternoon. Viewers who can guess the name of the horse depicted in the cartoon are invited to call a number, leave their name and telephone number and watch the programme to see if they are one of three winners of 100. We regularly include bonus prizes for Picture Puzzle winners ranging trips to Dubai to see the World Cup to books and racecourse visits.

The number to dial to enter The Picture Puzzle is 09068 991144. You can also fax your entry on 020 7267 2006.


Monkey Business is played every Saturday between 9am and 9.45am. Viewers are invited to dial a number, answer the simplest of racing related question, and - if answering correctly - their name will go into a draw. At 9.48am a winner is picked at random and that person is then called by The Morning Line and invited to speak to the team live, on air. Each winner then selects a horse they think will win later that day and Channel Four Racing then places a free £500 bet (£500 is known as a monkey on the racecourse, hence the competitions title) on the horse chosen by the lucky viewer. If the horse wins then the winning returns, including the initial £500 stake are sent to the viewer.

To enter Monkey Business simply dial 0901 490 2500. Lines are open every Saturday between 9am and 9.45am.