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So as we edge ourselves closer to the St Leger festival it ear marks that we are getting closer to the end of the flat season and the start of the National Hunt season proper.
This really does get me excited as the real sport of kings returns. The big trainers will be preparing horses for a steady assault towards the big goal of the Cheltenham festival in March.
I am looking forward to seeing several big players that have been out through injuries for some time but also looking forward to seeing how some of the potentially highly rated novice chasers get on over the bigger obstacles.
The Novice Chasers
Willoughby Court looked a great stayer in the making when he made all the running in the neptune last season, I can see him making a good solid high class 3 mile chaser. I would imagine Ben Pauling who has already reported that he is a bigger and stronger animal to last season will have him going a shorter distance and working up to the 3 miles. A real potential Gold Cup horse in the making.
Finian’s Oscar sadly missed the festival last season but made a reappearance at Aintree. he looks a class act and I would imagine Colin Tizzard will have him prepared for a season of chasing. The question is what races will they target for the festival? I can see Willougby Courtgoing a longer distance so possibly a strong contender for the RSA chase.
With the sad passing of Neon Wolf it paves the way for Finian’s Ocsar who could possibly take the crown in the JLT at the festival. Whichever way the trainers take them one things for sure they will be a pleasure to watch and we will no doubt make a few quid from their class in the field.
I am also looking forward to seeing the return of Barters Hill he was pulled up with injury on his chase debut. He looked real class over hurdles and with his front running style will be one to watch out for.
The Big Guns
The Gold Cup is potentially going to be a cracker next year with the expected return from injury of potential superstar Thistlecrack. Colin Tizzard said he is fine and he even had a ride out on him recently himself, he was amazing over hurdles the season before last and yes he won the King George last Boxing day but the opposition this season could be fierce.
His stablemate Native River was a quality stayer in the Hennessy and he was not far away in the Cheltenham gold cup either if the Champion jockey Richard Johnson takes the mount again he can’t be dismissed, Tizzard confirmed his plans for Native River is the Gold cup and then possibly the Grand National. both likely strong prominent runners to look out for again.
Cue Card makes up the trio for the Tizzard yard and who doesn’t like Cue Card? Age is against him now and these big races have to catch up on him at some point. Maybe a run in the Grand National will be his route.
Coneygree is hopefully back in action in September at Listowel. The stable plans are to avoid the Betfair chase at Haydock and go for the Hennessy in December. Conygree likes the soft ground, a real stayer as proved when a novice winning the Gold cup the season before last, but credit to him he ran well on good ground last time out at Punchestown hopefully he is back to his best this season.
Jessica Harrington will bring two to the party in the shape of reigning champion Sizing John and Our Duke. Sizing John became the first horse to win the Irish Gold Cup , the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Punchestown Gold Cup in one season. He is a beast of a horse and still only Seven years old with only three runs over three miles to date and won them all. Robbie Power could have a real dilemma on his hands because Our Duke looks another class chaser, the way he motored over them fences at Fairyhouse last season makes him one to watch for in the coming season.
The quirky Might Bite is also likely to feature and I am sure Willie Mullins will bring something to the party maybe in Djakadam and Yorkhill . One thing is for sure a lot of these runners like to lead or prominently run so it could be a real tactical affair.
In Ireland we focus on what will emerge from the powerful yard of Willie Mullins and the ever emerging Gordon Elliott the latter picking up the trainers crown at the festival last season. Henry de Bromhead ,Young Joseph O’Brien and Jessica Harrington’s runners too will be ones to have an eye on.
In the UK keep an eye on Paul Nicholls runners as much as he has not had any huge greats at his powerful yard in the last few years, he is a shrewd operator in the handicaps. He know where and when to get the best out of his crop of runners.
Nicky Henderson a true gent in the sport will bring his classy crop out to play with the amazing Altior heading the list who I think is the best Jumper out there at the minute.
Dan Skelton has been busy in the summer with lots of runners over the summer jumps. I think he is the emerging talent to keep an eye out for. He spent nine years as assistant trainer with Paul Nicholls . He seems to be picking up horses with poor records, retraining them and getting wins out of them. This is his fourth season as a trainer and I can see his yard grow into something even bigger.
Of course I can go on and on about other big trainers with the likes of Jonjo O’Neill , Donald McCain, Philip Hobbs and Alan King just to name Four. They all play their part in this great sport.
It really is a mouth watering season which members of Hunting for Profit can enjoy and make profit from the real sport of kings that is National Hunt racing.
It will soon be time to pack the stalls away, get them fences and hurdles in prime condition. Pull out your best tweed jacket and hear that Cheltenham roar !