The Maiden Stakes

The Maiden Stakes

The Maiden Stakes is one of the ZED RUN tournament formats. It is named after its specific entry condition: only racehorses that are unraced are eligible for this tournament.

Entry Condition

The Maiden Stakes has a specific entry condition: only un-raced racehorses are eligible to enter this tournament. That means a racehorse's first qualifying race must be a Griffin race.

Structure

Once the qualification period ends, The Maiden Stakes splits into two (2) different tournaments that will include the top 1,152 racehorses:
Tournament A and Tournament B have identical structures to one another and will both be run during the same one-day finals event.

Distance Funnels

The Maiden Stakes uses distance funnel as a fair way to categorise racehorses across all distances.
During the Qualifying 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 Criteria

For The Maiden Stakes, all free racing events count towards qualification. However, there are some parameters that must be met during the Qualifying Period for racehorses to be eligible being:
  • Racehorses must be unraced - their first qualifying race must be a Griffin race
  • Racehorses must compete in a minimum of 5 races
  • These 5 races must correspond to a distance funnel
  • Racehorses ranked 1-192 in each distance funnel qualify for Quarter Finals of Tournament A
  • Racehorses ranked 193-384 in each funnel qualify for Quarter Finals of Tournament B
  • This means a total of 1,152 racehorses qualify
  • The qualifying racehorses are decided based on their average points

Average Points

Qualifying rank is decided by average points:
• A racehorse receives points after each race based on where it finishes
• After a racehorse has run 5 races, its average points are displayed on the leaderboard
• The average is calculated by dividing the total points earned by the number of races run
The points breakdown is as follows:
Finishing Position
Points Awarded
1st
+89
2nd
+55
3rd
+34
4th
+21
5th
+13
6th
+8
7th
+5
8th
+3
9th
+2
10th
+1
11th
+1
12th
+0
Racehorses must run at least 5 races in a distance funnel to qualify, but they only rank on the leaderboard they have raced most in (i.e. Sprinter, Mid Runner, or Marathoner).
For The Maiden Stakes, average points are 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 average points, tie breaker rules are applied in the following order:
• Number of races completed during the Qualifying Period (i.e. if two racehorses have the same amount of average points, the racehorse who ran more races will rank higher)
• In the event that two racehorses have the same average points and the same number of races, a random selection event will occur

Leaderboards

When The Maiden Stakes is live, you can see your racehorse's rank and average points 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 5 races in a specific distance funnel during the Qualifying Period.
If your racehorse qualifies as one of the top racehorses in a distance preference funnel, it is automatically entered into the Quarter Finals of either Tournament A or B.

Quarter Finals

While stamina acts as normal during the qualifying period, The Maiden Stakes finals events will not take stamina into account, so you can race your racehorse right up to the end of the Qualifying Period and do not have to worry about it not returning to full stamina before the Quarter Finals begin. Please note, your racehorse's stamina % may still decrease, but stamina will not affect the races.
From the Qualifying Period, the top 192 qualified racehorses in each distance funnel (576 racehorses in total) are automatically entered into the Quarter Finals of Tournament A.
The next 192 in each distance funnel (576 racehorses in total) are automatically entered into the Quarter Finals of Tournament B. The Quarter Finals structure is shown below.
The total number of racehorses that qualify across Tournament A and Tournament B is 1,152.
No. of Racehorses
No. of Races
Distance Category
Distance on Race Day
192
16
Sprinter
1000m, 1200m, or 1400m
192
16
Mid Runner
1600m, 1800m, or 2000m
192
16
Marathoner
2200m, 2400m, or 2600m
For example, if your racehorse qualifies for the Sprinter events, the race distance is fixed at 1200m.
This structure is the same for both Tournament A and Tournament B, so there will be 192 racehorses in each distance funnel in the Quarter Finals of both tournaments.
Match Ups
For the Quarter Finals, racehorses are seeded based on the points they achieved during the qualifying period.
Progression
For both Tournament A and B, 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 of both Tournament A and Tournament B.

Semi Finals

During the Semi Finals, there are a total of 12 races in both tournaments, A and B, with the distance of each event as follows:
No. of Racehorses
No. of Races
Distance Category
Distance on Race Day
48
4
Sprinter
1000m, 1200m, or 1400m
48
4
Mid Runner
1600m, 1800m, or 2000m
48
4
Marathoner
2200m, 2400m, or 2600m
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
For both Tournament A and Tournament B, 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 of both Tournaments A and B.

Finals

During the Finals, there are a total of 3 races in both Tournament A and Tournament B, with the distance of each event as follows:
No. of Racehorses
No. of Races
Distance Category
Distance on Race Day
12
1
Sprinter
1000m, 1200m, or 1400m
12
1
Mid Runner
1600m, 1800m, or 2000m
12
1
Marathoner
2200m, 2400m, or 2600m
Match Ups
Racehorses are randomly distributed into races against other racehorses in the same distance funnel.
Tournament Winners
For both Tournament A and Tournament B, the Finals consist of just one race per distance funnel, with each funnel having its own tournament champion. The top 3 racehorses from each Finals race will be paid out their winnings, and the tournament will conclude after the Finals races have been run.
The Maiden Stakes concludes at the Finals stage, meaning each distance funnel will have its own tournament champion.