Bradley Horrocks

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Bradley Horrocks in Series 77.
Bradley Horrocks solving the conundrum in Episode 6526.

Bradley Horrocks was an octochamp in and the runner-up of Series 77, and the runner-up of Championship of Champions XV. He is also an Apterite.

Bra, as he is also known on Apterous, amassed 864 points during his run, finishing his unbeaten streak during the penultimate week of preliminaries in Series 77 to qualify as the #2 seed for the finals as well as the eighth and final octochamp of the series.

Eleven days later, Horrocks returned for the finals stage, where he first prevailed over #7-ranked James Kennedy in a very close quarter-final, sealing victory on a crucial conundrum. Barely a week after that, he returned for the semi-finals where he faced the "strong 6 small" man John Cowen. In spite of this, he managed to defeat him through several letters round by spotting words such as OVERFIT, RETINOID and SIDEWAY. Finally, the day after his semi-final, he reached the grand final of Series 77, where he took on #1 seed Tom Chafer-Cook. In the first round, he beat Chafer-Cook with the five-letter GREED after the latter had a word disallowed, and he kept up tenaciously with the top seed in all numbers and most letters rounds thereafter to force a crucial conundrum with the score standing 100 – 91 in Chafer-Cook's favour. However, neither contestant was able to spot that RILEYISMS unscrambled to MISSILERY within the allotted time, meaning that Horrocks finally fell at the final hurdle but still finished as runner-up of a very strong series.

Horrocks returned to Countdown in January 2019 to participate in the Championship of Champions XV. In the seventh match of the preliminary round, he took on fellow series runner-up Andrew Macleod. A high-scoring contest saw Horrocks take the game 128 – 104 to set up a quarter-final rematch with John Cowen. Horrocks then faced Cowen in the quarter-final where they played a close run game, but Horrocks ran 3 points ahead and finished with 99 points to Cowen's 96 after both players gave incorrect answers to the crucial conundrum MIHIBALLS. In the semi-finals, he played a rematch of his grand final in Series 77 against Tom Chafer-Cook. After falling 7 points behind in round 1, he turned it around with victory in the third numbers round and won the final letters round with ATHEROMA. Both solved the final numbers round, giving victory to Horrocks despite Chafer-Cook solving the conundrum (to lose by 1 point!). He played Zarte Siempre in the grand final, but his opponent lead all the way, spotting HEDARIM in round 1 and extending his lead with a 3 large selection and DIADEM in round 13 to build an unassailable lead. Horrocks did get one last consolation, solving a 6 small with use of the 13 times table.

Prior to his début as a contestant, Horrocks had appeared on Countdown during the previous series as the audience member who unscrambled the conundrum COOLCIDER on 23 February 2017.

Horrocks competed in the 2018 FOCAL Finals as the #2 seed, and finished in 6th place, winning 3 out of 7 games. He has made two co-event finals, but was outmuscled on both occasions by Jack Worsley.

Preceded by
Moose Rosser
Series runner-up
Series 77
Followed by
Philip Aston


Preceded by
Dan McColm
Champion of Champions runner-up
Championship of Champions XV

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
6715 22/11/2017 P Bradley Horrocks 109 – 40 Liam Dwek Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 124
6716 23/11/2017 P Bradley Horrocks 113 – 57 Peter Buckley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 122
6717 27/11/2017 P Bradley Horrocks 116 – 49 Alenka Butkovicova Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 124
6718 28/11/2017 P Bradley Horrocks 82 – 70 Laurie Dyer Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 124
6719 29/11/2017 P Bradley Horrocks 102 – 68 Steve Harris Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 133
6720 30/11/2017 P Bradley Horrocks 122 – 42 Leah Holroyd Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 164
6721 1/12/2017 P Bradley Horrocks 111 – 37 Jason Hill Richard Madeley Susie Dent 144
6722 4/12/2017 P Bradley Horrocks 109 – 40 Luke O'Reilly Richard Madeley Susie Dent 147
6731 15/12/2017 QF Bradley Horrocks 86 – 80 James Kennedy Paul Zenon Susie Dent 121
6735 21/12/2017 SF Bradley Horrocks 95 – 83 John Cowen Rufus Hound Susie Dent 134
6736 22/12/2017 GF Tom Chafer-Cook 100 – 91 Bradley Horrocks Rufus Hound Susie Dent 122
6986 10/01/2019 CP Bradley Horrocks 128 – 104 Andrew Macleod Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 133
6989 15/01/2019 CQF John Cowen 96 – 99 Bradley Horrocks Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 136
6993 21/01/2019 CSF Bradley Horrocks 111 – 110 Tom Chafer-Cook Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 128
6994 22/01/2019 CGF Zarte Siempre 116 – 83 Bradley Horrocks Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 123


Championship of Champions Runners-Up

I : Joyce Cansfield | II : Peter Evans | III : David Trace | IV : Tony Vick | V : Gino Corr | VI : Chris Waddington | VII : Damian Eadie | VIII : Kenneth Michie | IX : Pete Cashmore | X : Kate Ogilvie | XI : Chris Wills | XII : Mark Tournoff | XIII : Charlie Reams | XIV : Dan McColm | XV : Bradley Horrocks

See Also

Bradley's profile here.

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