Umkomaas-based Shailendra Hariram, aka Vivtor, has come out on top as the ultimate winner of the first ever Hollywoodbets Sizzling Punters’ Challenge.
He is up R20 000 in his Hollywoodbets account courtesy of his predictions over the course of the competition.
In second place on 564,79 points, Amith Pheku collects R12 000, while Asgar Essack, who picked up 563.83 points, will pocket R7 000 for finishing in third.
The top 20 finishers are shown in the table below.
A total donation of R5 125 will also be shared between the National Horse Care Unit and the Coastal Horse Care Unit, courtesy of Hollywoodbets and Gold Circle, as the challenge wraps up.
With seven meetings concluded in the Sizzling Punters’ Challenge, the competition has been brought to an end with the postponement of all South African racing fixtures, due to the South African government’s lockdown due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
With strict measures to curb the spread of the virus, horseracing has been placed on hold for the next three week. The final two race meetings of the competition – at Hollywoodbets Greyville (Friday 27th March) and Hollywoodbets Scottsville (Sunday 29th March) – have been abandoned.
The decision was made to declare the current overall leaderboard, the final result.
As such, a big congratulations goes to Hariram, who has been crowned the outright winner of the Sizzling Punters’ Challenge, having notched a total of 598,08 points.
He will receive a deposit of R20 000 straight into his Hollywoodbets betting account.
The payouts don’t stop there.
We are also proud to announce a total donation of R5 125 to the National Horse Care Unit and the Coastal Horse Care unit. This is an accumulation of winnings earned by Hollywoodbets and Gold Circle employees who featured on both the daily leaderboards throughout the competition and the overall leaderboard at the end – another fantastic initiative brought to you by Hollywoodbets!
When contacted for a comment, Hariram couldn’t contain his excitement.
“It was such a great initiative by Hollywoodbets. They added an exciting dimension to horseracing in KwaZulu-Natal and most importantly they also invested back into the game.”
He will be using this much-needed cash to assist his daughter with her university fees.
His most memorable selection came in the form of Noble Joshua, who won at a price of 4/1, when running on strongly under a calculated ride by apprentice Jabu Jacobs.
Alluding to his competition strategy, Hariram explained:
“It’s all about consistency, studying form and a little bit of luck always helps.”
A keen player of Lucky Numbers, his first selection of the competition was his lucky number 12 – Cool Runnings, who won the first race at Hollywoodbets Scottsville, on 1 March 2020. It was a close call as shown in the photo below!
Hariram is a longtime Hollywoodbets account holder who is eagerly looking forward to the next edition of the Punters’ Challenge, once racing resumes.
The competition attracted 13 055 participants and in view of the overall incredible response to the Sizzling Punters’ Challenge from horseracing fans all over the country, Hollywoodbets has decided to reboot the competition as soon as fixtures resume.
Keep an eye out on social media and the Sporting Post for more details in the coming weeks.
Top 20 below:
|Alias||TOTAL POINTS||PRIZE MONEY|
|Best Handicapper||556,73||R2 000,00|
- Press release published by Hollywoodbets on Friday 27 March 2020