Racing UK’s jumpers to follow 2016-17
Friday 21 October 2016
By Racinguk.com staff
Racing UK’s crack team of experts came up with some gems of jumpers to follow this time last year, such as Don Poli, Belshill, Le Mercurey, Isaac Bell, Champers On Ice, Barters Hill, Ballyalton and Arpege D'Alene.
We have been around the studios and got their best horses to follow in to profit this season.
All of these selections were first published in Racing UK's members magazine. Read on below for this season’s ace selections.
Hadfield: (Sea the Stars IRE - Rezyana AUS) - Neil Mulholland:
Has only had six starts on the Flat and over jumps and has not been seen out since October 2015 - so may have had his problems - but was bought for 12,000gns by Neil Mulholland Racing in February and if his new handler can get this four-year-old back on the track then he is a very interesting lightly-raced handicap hurdler off a mark of 130. Is reportedly due to be out in the autumn, and this ex-Andre Fabre/John Ferguson inmate would not be the first horse that Mulholland has improved.
Cyrname: (Nickname FR - Narquille FR) - Paul Nicholls:
Cyrname is a four-year-old gelding who has raced only twice over hurdles. By top sire Nickname, he was beaten a head on his debut before winning by nine lengths at Pau in France. He is expected to be a chaser at the top-level in the UK.
Seeyouatmidnight: (Midnight Legend UK - Morsky Baloo UK) - Sandy Thomson:
This gelding won half of his six outings over fences in a novice season which peaked with a vibrant Dipper Chase win and ended with a fine third in the Scottish Grand National. We know he jumps accurately, if a shade low on occasion; we know he stays very well but is far from paceless; we know he thrives on deep ground but also handles good; and we know that he races with rare zest when on song. The Grand National might enter the equation but, with any luck, Seeyouatmidnight will have done me another good turn well before Aintree.
Scooter Boy: (Revoque IRE - Always Forgiving UK) - Alex Hales:
This was the horse I nominated two seasons ago. He then went and got a leg the day after publication and missed the season! I’ve been lucky enough to have a share in Scooter Boy from day one and we have not seen the best of him yet. ‘Scooter’ often expended too much nervous energy before a race. All the signs are that he has matured and hopefully this is now behind him. It is expected that he will start off over hurdles, before going chasing. His best trip is probably going to be around 2m 4f on soft ground. I have no doubt that his current mark underestimates him.
Shantou Village: (Shantou USA - Village Queen IRE) - Neil Mulholland:
Shantou Village appeals as the type to bounce back from a disappointing end to last season, especially as he is likely to be sent over fences this campaign. Already a winner of an Irish Point-To-Point, he has the physique of a chaser and is likely to be out quite early in the season as connections are likely to want to try to keep him away from deep winter ground.
Mount Mews: (Presenting UK - Kneeland Lass IRE) - Malcolm Jefferson:
Malcolm Jefferson has assembled arguably his strongest ever team, including some highly-promising youngsters. They include this unbeaten Presenting gelding. A winner at Market Rasen on his debut in April, he beat the well-regarded Bally Gilbert by two and a half lengths and was then even more impressive under a penalty at Kelso the following month. He ought to be hard to beat in northern novice hurdles this winter.
Emerging Talent: (Golan IRE - Elviria IRE) - Paul Nicholls:
Emerging Talent finished last season with a pair of novice hurdle wins, but is essentially a chaser in the making, and is likely to make his mark in novice contests over the bigger obstacles this winter. Big and scopey, Emerging Talent looks an exciting prospect for his master trainer.
Infinityandbeyond: (Medaaly UK - Ten Dollar Bill IRE) - Neil King:
This five-year-old will begin handicapping off a very low base with the potential to improve markedly. He was well beaten in a 2m4f novices’ hurdle at Uttoxeter in March but ran well for a long way over a similar trip at Wetherby the time before. The Flat-bred gelding jumps very well and could perform best on decent ground but handles cut underfoot. He might also do well dropping in trip but I have an open mind on that aspect of his game.
Kalondra: (Spadoun FR - Mystic Vic IRE) - Neil Mulholland:
Neil Mulholland has an excellent ablity to place horses in handicaps (he returns above 25% profit in handicaps with his runners at 12-1 or less at Betfair SP). Kalondra is a horse who this excellent trainer has brought along steadily and his last two runs have bought victory in modest summer jumping company. He is now poised for handicaps and I fully expect to make a profit backing him in early autumn.
Invitation Only: (Flemensfirth USA - Norabelle FR) - Willie Mullins:
Won a couple of bumpers in Ireland in the spring but, as a Point-to-Point winner, he will surely come into his own over 2m4f-plus this winter. He should win his share of races before hopefully pitching up at the spring festivals.
Zubayr: (Authorized IRE - Zaziyra IRE) - Paul Nicholls:
I was at Kempton for his British debut over hurdles in the Adonis Hurdle where he was expected to need the run. He won impressively and then travelled like a really smart horse in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham, where he was wide for most of the way before weakening. I'm sure that after a summer's rest and a bit more time to organise himself he will be a horse worth following for the season.
Three Musketeers: (Flemensfirth USA - Friendly Craic IRE) - Dan Skelton:
Three Musketeers had some useful hurdling form to his name but he always looked likely to make up into a better chaser. With just four starts over fences he has plenty of scope for improvement (rated 152) and his fourth in the JLT at Cheltenham showed how talented he is over a trip that looked a little short. Given a chance over 3m this year he has the makings of a top-class handicapper, especially with some cut in the ground.
Cloudy Dream: (Cloudings IRE - Run Away Dream IRE) - Malcom Jefferson:
A beautiful horse who has done little wrong in all seven starts. He has the breeding and scope to be a chaser and I understand the trainer thinks jumping fences will be his forte. He was slightly unlucky at Ayr when second in a Grade Two hurdle last time out and is with a trainer who will give him the time he needs.
Snow Leopardess: (Martaline UK - Queen Soraya UK) - Charlie Longsdon:
She was a winner on her debut from Rather Be, who subsequently was beaten under six lengths in the Champion Bumper. Snow Leopardess was then fifth in the Aintree Mares' bumper on her final start. Still only four, she is highly regarded and thought to have done well over the summer. She won a nice Listed mares' bumper at Gowran Park last month on her reappearance.
Josies Orders: (Milan UK - Silent Orders IRE) - Enda Bolger:
I will get my backside kicked down at the Martin Keighley stable for this one but there is every reason to believe Josies Orders will go close in the three cross-country races at Cheltenham from November to March. Last season he won the first two and was only beaten a length in the big one by Keighley’s Any Currency. The Bolger youngster is only turning nine and I think we will win money backing him.