The Podium Plate

The Podium Plate

The Podium Plate is one of the ZED RUN tournament formats. Named after its qualification method, which ranks racehorses by their Place Rate (% of finishes in the top 3), it was the format used for the Inaugural ZED RUN Tournament.

Timeline

The Podium Plate is formed of two sections:
• An initial two-week qualifying period
• A two-day finals event once qualifying ends

Distance Funnels

The Podium Plate uses distance funnel as a fair way to categorise the top performing racehorses across all distances.
During the qualification period, racehorses are ranked according to the distance funnel in which they compete: Sprinter, Mid Runner or Marathoner. The distance funnels are defined as follows:
Distance Category
Distance Funnel
Sprinter
1000m, 1200m, 1400m
Mid Runner
1600m, 1800m, 2000m
Marathoner
2200m, 2400m, 2600m
A racehorse can only qualify for the distance funnel it ranks highest in. Racehorses cannot qualify in more than one distance funnel.

Qualifying Period

All racehorses are eligible to participate in The Podium Plate, and all racing events, whether paid or free, count towards qualification. However, there are some parameters that must be met during the two-week qualifying period for racehorses to be eligible.
• Racehorses must compete in a minimum of 30 races
• These 30 races must correspond to a distance funnel
• The top 192 racehorses in each distance funnel are entered into the Quarter Finals
• This means 576 racehorses qualify for the Quarter Finals in total
• The qualifying racehorses are decided based on their Place Rate

Place Rate

Place Rate simply means percentage of finishes in the top 3 positions of races.
Racehorses must run at least 30 races in a distance funnel to qualify, but they only rank on the leaderboard for the distance funnel they have raced most in.
For The Podium Plate, place rate is calculated based on all races across all distance funnels, not just races in the specific distance funnel that a racehorse is attempting to qualify for.

Tie Breakers

If racehorses are tied based on place rate, the following tie breakers are applied, in order:
• Win %
• Number of races completed durning the qualification period
• Random selection

Leaderboards

When The Podium Plate is live, you can see your racehorse's rank and place rate using the dedicated tournament leaderboard. Simply filter using the My Qualified Racehorses toggle.
It is important to note that your racehorse only appears on the Qualifying Leaderboard if it has competed in at least 30 races in a specific distance funnel during the qualification period.
If your racehorse qualifies as one of the top 192 racehorses in a distance preference funnel, it is automatically be entered into the Quarter Finals.

Quarter Finals

From the Qualifying Period, the top 192 qualified racehorses in each distance preference funnel are automatically entered into the Quarter Finals as shown below:
No. of Racehorses
No. of Races
Distance Category
Distance on Race Day
192
16
Sprinter
1200m
192
16
Mid Runner
1800m
192
16
Marathoner
2400m
For example, if your racehorse qualifies for the Sprinter events, the race distance is fixed at 1200m.
Match Ups
During the Quarter Finals, racehorses are matched up against other similarly rated racehorses in order to ensure a wider distribution of prize money and fairer, more competitive races. Therefore, match ups occur based on class rating.
Progression
Each distance funnel has 16 races and the top 3 racehorses from each race progress to the Semi Finals, meaning 48 racehorses from each distance funnel make it through to the next round.
144 racehorses from the Quarter Finals automatically progress to the Semi Finals.

Semi Finals

During the Semi Finals, there are a total of 12 races with the distance of each event as follows:
No. of Racehorses
No. of Races
Distance Category
Distance on Race Day
48
4
Sprinter
1200m
48
4
Mid Runner
1800m
48
4
Marathoner
2400m
Match Ups
From the Semi Finals onwards, racehorses are no longer matched up against similarly rated racehorses. Racehorses are randomly distributed into races against other racehorses in the same distance preference funnel.
Progression
Each distance funnel has 4 races. The top 3 racehorses from each race progress to the Finals, and 12 racehorses from each distance funnel make it through.
36 racehorses from the Semi Finals automatically progress to the Finals.

Finals

During the Finals, there are a total of 3 races with the distance of each event as follows:
No. of Racehorses
No. of Races
Distance Category
Distance on Race Day
12
1
Sprinter
1200m
12
1
Mid Runner
1800m
12
1
Marathoner
2400m
Match Ups
Racehorses are randomly distributed into races against other racehorses in the same distance funnel.
Progression
The Finals consist of just one race per distance funnel, with the top 4 racehorses from each race progressing to the Grand Final.
12 racehorses from the Semi Finals automatically progress to the Grand Final.

Grand Final

The Grand Final consists of 6 races in total with the 12 Grand Finalist racehorses. There are 2 races per distance funnel as shown below:
No. of Races
Distance Category
Distance on Race Day
1
Sprinter
1000m
1
Sprinter
1400m
1
Mid Runner
1600m
1
Mid Runner
2000m
1
Marathoner
2200m
1
Marathoner
2600m
In the Grand Final, the 4 racehorses from each distance funnel come together to run a total of 6 races, 2 from each distance category.
Match Ups
Each racehorse races in 6 races, competing across all six distances.
Tournament Winner
As part of the Grand Final, each racehorse races in 6 different races across 6 different distances.
Points are awarded based on finishing position for each of the 6 races. The racehorse with the most points at the end of the 6 races is crowned the winner of the tournament.
The Points for the first Place Percentage tournament were distributed as follows, however please note that this is subject to change for future tournaments:
Place
Points
Place
Points
1st
1024
7th
16
2nd
512
8th
8
3rd
256
9th
4
4th
128
10th
2
5th
64
11th
1
6th
32
12th
0

Prize Pool

Every tournament offers a prize pool, giving every qualified racehorse a chance to win. The distribution of the total Podium Plate prize pool is broken down as follows, but may be subject to change in the future:
Round
Participants
Races
Prize Pool Allocation
Grand Final
12
1*
13%
Finals
36
3
19%
Semi Finals
144
12
23%
Quarter Finals
576
48
45%
*Note: the Grand Final consists of 6 races across different distances, where the racehorse with the most total points is crowned Champion.
Each race within the tournament schedule encompasses a portion of the total prize pool on offer and is distributed to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place racehorses as follows:
Position
Prize Pool Allocation
1st
60%
2nd
25%
3rd
15%
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