Racing News Blog


So the National Hunt season is upon us which means exciting times at HPF.  Of course we trade the flat and all weather season’s too but a big focus will be on the National Hunt animals in the coming months.

The Champ that is Richard Johnson. Barring (Touch wood) injury he should pick up another Championship again. What a true Champion and gentleman he is. You safely know you will get your money’s worth with the champ on top of your runner and I am particularly looking forward to him teaming up with Native River and Defi Du Seuil again.

                                  Richard Johnson crowned Champion Jockey

As much as I am not big on Ante post betting there are a few top level animals I have my eye on in the coming season and if they have a progressive season their festival price could come in before the festival giving us a potential trade.

Finian’s Oscar

Owned by Ann & Alan Potts who have now appointed Bryan Cooper as their retained rider since he lost his job as Gigginstown number 1 will take over the saddle from Robbie Power.Trained by Colin Tizzard this impressive animal is due to go chasing this season. If the ground suits we should see him for the first time this weekend at Chepstow. Dual grade 1 winner over hurdle’s last season at Sandown and Aintree. He looks a real classy operator and it will be interesting to see how he takes to fences. Tizzard said two and a half miles suits him so a progressive season over fences should set him up nicely at 10/1 currently for the JLT come the festival.

                 Finian’s Oscar jumps onto victory in the Mersey Novices Hurdle

Willoughby Court

A beast of a horse that dominated from the front at the Cheltenham festival in the Neptune Novices hurdle to get his trainer’s first festival winner. Looks a stayer in the making for me and Ben Pauling has said he is likely to go over hurdles to start with and see if he will develop into a staying hurdler or the more likely route is to progress over fences up to 3 miles as a chaser in the making this could set him up nicely with a run in the RSA chase at the festival. If he makes an appearance in the Kauto Star Novices Chase at Kempton on Boxing day and runs well after a progressive start to the season then I don’t expect to see his price of 14/1 to still be available come March.

            Willoughby Court beats the late Neon Wolf in the Neptune Novices Hurdle


After winning the Champion Bumper at the festival this mare looks an exciting prospect over hurdles. She made an uncomplicated run on hurdles debut at Fairyhouse last Saturday skipping her way to victory. This is an animal a lot will be talking about this season as her career unfolds on the build up to the festival. It is unknown if Gordon Elliot keeps her with the other mares as the season progresses or goes up against the boys. The mares hurdles could be a competitive affair next March but at around 7/1 could be worth a small investment.

              Jamie Codd on board Fayonagh after winning the Champion Bumper


Last season’s Betfair hurdle winner was hotly tipped to do well at the festival last season after winning the Champion Bumper in 2016. He finished 4th to the quirky Labaik this year over the smaller obstacles and looks set for a season of novice chasing. Already seen on chase debut at Perth in September he seemed to improve with every jump and had to stay well to beat off Fagan to pick the win up. He seems to have gone under the radar to some and looks a rather tasty price of 25/1 for the Arkle next season.

                             Ballyandy leading the charge in the Betfair hurdle

Our Duke

Whilst the potential field in the Timico Gold Cup is mouth watering it is tough to pick out one horse from the main contenders but at the price 10/1 for Our Duke looks the best at the current odds. This tough stayer’s last win was in the Irish Grand National back in April. TrainerJessica Harrington has already said she will target the big races with her two big guns in current Gold Cup Champion Sizing John and Our Duke. With Bryan Cooper now as retained rider for Ann & Alan Potts he could team up with Sizing John and Robbie Power on Our Duke. Both Jockeys know what is required as they have both won a Gold Cup Cooper on Don Cossak in 2016 and Robbie Power on Sizing John this year.

                                  Our Duke winner of  the Irish Grand National

So there are five runners on my long list to keep an eye out for over the season. What is for sure it looks to be a cracker and at HFP we already have a great community of traders pulling in the same direction to achieve success within the in play markets. The numbers that have piled into the community over the last month has been a little overwhelming to say the least. Luckily we have several full time professional traders with us and of course with that brings a wealth of knowledge chipping in with extra trades and advice to the less experienced.

Because of the high numbers joined so quickly I have closed the opportunity for more to join for now so we can focus on the season ahead. The aim is to help the less experienced traders grow and get up to speed with our way of safe in play trading using our systematic approaches.

We are planning on taking on new members a few at a time in the future and we now have a growing waiting list for this so if you would like the opportunity to join us in future drop an email at to be added to the list and we will be in touch when more places become available.

I am planning on blogging before some of the big meetings during the season so keep an eye out for them.

Enjoy the season and stay green.