Team talkSPORT wins first ever Racing League, Rupert Bell declares he is the Pep Guardiola of the inaugural event and says the trophy is spending the night with him!
After a dramatic night in Newcastle, Team talkSPORT have been crowned the Racing League’s first ever champions.
A delighted Rupert Bell aka the Pep Guardiola of the Racing League, was ecstatic and declared he was spending the night with the trophy.
Beginning at the end of July, the six-race card came to a conclusion on Thursday night. Team talkSPORT began the night 41 points behind week five leaders Team ThoroughBid, but immediately closed the gap with Jack Mitchell riding hot favourite Second Slip to victory in the opening race.
In the end, Team talkSPORT finished the inaugural competition on 368.5 points, nine clear of eToro, with ThoroughBid finishing third on 351.
“It’s been great fun, it’s been different and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it for six weeks,” Bell said afterwards.
“If you look at the competitive racing tonight and then you realise this has got legs.”
The format was simple. Twelve teams will participate, which will consist of 36 handicap races, taking place over the six weeks.
Each race is worth a whopping £50,000, a total of £1.8million is up for grabs.
Points are awarded in each race with 25 to the winner, while tenth place picks up one point.
The team with the most points after 36 races wins the Racing League.
Team talkSPORT claim the winning bonus of £150,000, which was put on offer in addition to the £1.8m in prize money across the six meetings.
As well as splitting the £30,000 pot for the team’s riders, as top jockey Mitchell earned a further £25,000.
Bell, though, was not in a sharing mood as he celebrated. He is Team talkSPORT’s manager along with the station’s Sports Breakfast host, Alan Brazil.
“I’m the Pep Guardiola of the racing manager world,” he joked. “Alan Brazil had absolutely nothing to do with it!
“I’ve been at every meeting and well done to the trainers and all their staff. Fair play to them.”