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Welcome to Tipstar 2016 - we’ve whittled down the contestants!

Racing UK, in conjunction with The Sun, is once again on the search for viewers who can blend top tipping, and peerless punditry, and are not afraid to display their talent before 50,000 viewers and two million readers!

With several previous finalists already securing jobs in the racing industry this is your chance to see if our shortlist will shine!

We asked viewers to send in preview video clips and helped by you on social media we have whittled down the entrants to the final six!

They are

Harry Allwood, 21, Website and Social Media Administrator:

I've always wanted to work in the racing industry and felt this competition was the perfect opportunity. If I could become a pundit on Racing UK I would be living the dream - I could talk about racing all day! I follow racing every day and generally do okay on the betting front.

Nick Bembridge, 39, Marketer:

I entered in order to look at bettering myself within the racing world. I haven't been involved since walking away from life as a betting shop manager. I know my fair share of this huge spectrum of racing that we all live and breathe! Hopefully I can transfer that to the camera.

Tom Williams, 23, Marketing Analyst:

Having spent some time writing and blogging at Loughborough University, I saw Tipstar as a great opportunity to get an outsider's opinion on my thoughts. I have quite a granular mindset and can list about 20 factors that may influence a race. Unfortunately there's no magic formula though!

David Benge, 53, Meat Trader:

I have worked from home for over 16 years and have plenty of time in between my meat trading to watch and study horseracing, which is my passion - I watch every race every day. I entered because I am confident, good at what I do, and have a good personality to go with it.

Stephen Power, 33, Personal Trainer:

I entered Tipstar for one reason; I want to work in the racing world on TV. I believe that my flair and charisma shine through on camera and I can make a dull day at Lingfield exciting. Reading form and picking fillies comes as natural to me as lifting weights and eating healthily!

Jasmine Sohanta, 24, Aircraft Sales Executive:

I fulfilled my lifelong dream of riding as an amateur jockey (two races and a charity race) and regularly discuss races, study form, and am comfortable when expressing my views. I feel my genuine passion and interest in the sport enables me to speak enthusiastically and confidently.

The six contestants will go through to our GRAND FINAL on Long Walk Hurdle Day at Ascot on December 17! All six winners will be invited to Berkshire and will be charged with previewing and reviewing one race apiece.

The draw is as follows: 

Race 1: Tom Williams

Race 2: Nick Bembridge

Race 3: Stephen Power

Race 4: Jasmine Sohanta

Race 5: David Benge

Race 6: Harry Allwood

The overall winner, who will be decided by the Tipstar panel, will then earn the chance to appear as a pundit live, and also write their own column in The Favourite - The Sun’s winning Saturday racing pull-out on the same day!

The full prize includes: 

  • A guest punditry slot on Racing UK
  • A guest column in The Sun newspaper
  • £1000 cash prize
  • A year’s free Racing UK subscription (worth £300)
  • Piece on the winner in the Racing UK magazine and website

In last year's competition Nick Seddon, a 22-year-old PR executive, was crowned Tipstar 2015 by beating five other finalists at Kempton. Seddon picked out Richard Pankhurst as his selection, and although it lost his polished presentation and analysis was enough to give him the verdict over Chat Abassi, a teenage support worker from Leeds, who went down despite picking 5-2 winner Predilection.

"I'm absolutely made up to have won," Seddon from Chorley in Lancashire, said at the time.

"I've always fancied myself as a bit of a tipster and I was keen to break in to sports media. This is an amazing chance to have a taste of what it is like."

Terms and conditions: All entrants must be over 18 on the date their submission is recorded. Entrants must be willing to travel to one of the venues on both the day of the grand final as well as one of the venues on the final day. Entries received after 11am on Saturday, November 26 prior to the pre-selected races will not be accepted. By entering this competition you agree to having your details passed on to selected Racing UK partners. The judge's decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. The Winner will win the Prize stated above. If for any reason the Winner cannot accept the Prize or cannot be contacted, Racing UK is entitled to re-draw and award the Prize to another entrant. The Prize cannot be exchanged and there is no cash alternative. Racing UK reserves the right to substitute the Prize for another of equal or lesser value and to withdraw the promotion at any time. The competition is not open to Racing UK staff, employees, agencies or other persons associated with the competition. Promoter: Racing UK, Gillingham House, 38-44 Gillingham Street, London, SW1V 1HU

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