The Pity Point Cup

The Pity Point Cup

The Pity Point Cup is one of the ZED RUN tournament formats. It is named after its qualification scoring system, which ranks racehorses by average points scored throughout qualifying, with an emphasis on finishing in 4th place.

Timeline

The Pity Point Cup is formed of two sections:
  • An initial one-week qualifying period
  • A one-day finals event once qualifying ends

Structure

Once the qualification period ends, The Pity Point Cup splits into two (2) different tournaments that will include the top 1,152 racehorses:
  • Tournament A comprises racehorses ranked 1 to 576 at the end of the Qualifying Period
  • Tournament B comprises racehorses ranked 577 to 1,152 at the end of the Qualifying Period
Tournament A and Tournament B have identical structures to one another and will both be run during the same one-day Finals event.

Schedule

The tournament is scheduled to begin on the 24th November 2021 at 12AM. All times are in UTC.
Event
Start Date
Start Time
End Date
End Time
Qualifying Period
24 November 2021
12 AM
1 December 2021
12 AM
Quarter Finals (B)
1 December 2021
9 AM
1 December 2021
1 PM
Quarter Finals (A)
1 December 2021
1 PM
1 December 2021
5 PM
Semi Finals (B)
1 December 2021
6 PM
1 December 2021
7 PM
Semi Finals (A)
1 December 2021
7 PM
1 December 2021
8 PM
Finals (B)
1 December 2021
8:30 PM
1 December 2021
8:45 PM
Finals (A)
1 December 2021
8:45 PM
1 December 2021
9 PM
Grand Final (B)
1 December 2021
10 PM
1 December 2021
11 PM
Grand Final (A)
1 December 2021
11 PM
2 December 2021
12 AM
While stamina acts as normal during the qualifying period, The Pity Point Cup 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.

Distance Funnels

The Pity Point Cup 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

All racehorses are eligible to participate in The Pity Point Cup, and all racing events count towards qualification. However, there are some parameters that must be met during the one-week Qualifying Period for racehorses to be eligible being:
  • Racehorses must compete in a minimum of 30 races
  • These 30 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 distance 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 30 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
+8
2nd
+21
3rd
+55
4th
+89
5th
+55
6th
+21
7th
+8
8th
+3
9th
+2
10th
+1
11th
+1
12th
+0
Racehorses must run at least 30 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 Pity Point Cup, 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 Pity Point Cup 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 30 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.
This structure is the same for both Tournament A and B.

Quarter Finals

While stamina acts as normal during the qualifying period, The Pity Point Cup 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
For both Tournament A and Tournament B, 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 of both Tournament A and Tournament B.

Grand Final

For both Tournament A and B, 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, whether Tournament A or Tournament B.
The points are 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.
For The Pity Point Cup, the Qualifying Period will result in two tournament finals - Tournament A and Tournament B, each with its own prize pool as shown below.
• Tournament A - $73,733 USD
• Tournament B - $31,600 USD
The distribution of the total Pity Point Cup prize pools 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 of both Tournament A and Tournament B consists of 6 races across different distances, where the racehorse with the most total points is crowned Champion.
Each race within the two tournament schedules 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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