We asked you for your horse to follow over jumps this season via Twitter on Sunday morning and you responding by giving us almost 70 suggestions. Many thanks for divulging your nuggets!
Serial champion trainer Paul Nicholls was among those who joined in and nominated Topofthegame as the one to follow from his power-packed yard in Ditcheat. This six-year-old gelding also had other fans and he’s among our top ten.
Here’s the full list of our Twitter Top Ten To Follow Over Jumps for 2018-19. Make sure you put them in your Racing UK Trackers.
Trainer: Tom George. Age: 7.
Very few miles on the clock and signed off last season by winning the Grade One Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle at Aintree after beating all bar Samcro at the Cheltenham Festival.
Daryl Slinn (@darylslinn) said: “A huge horse ran well over hurdles last season and expected to go well over fences this time. Good turn of foot and looks uncomplicated. I expect big things of this Tom George 7 year old.”
And Ad (@burts213) summed him up as “superstar, pure class, excited to see how he performs over fences”.
Trainer: Gordon Elliott. Age: 5.
Won the Pertemps Hurdle at Cheltenham before suffering a neck defeat at the hands of Next Destination in the Grade One Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.
Graham Howe (@GrahamDavidHowe) said: “It has to be Delta Work. Great win in the Pertemps, followed up sandwiched between two very smart Novices at Punchestown, only 5 years old has a bright chasing future”
Trainer: Colin Tizzard. Age: 6.
Signed off last season by chasing home Grade One Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle at Aintree. Willo Racing is a big fan - see his tweet - and so Ad (@burts213), who said: “Lostintranslation will relish the step up in trip to three miles over fences.”
Trainer: Tom Lacey. Age: 5.
Won on his bumper debut at Chepstow before finishing fourth in a competitive contest at Aintree.
Douglas Campbell (@DCsportsvalue) believes there is plenty more to come. He said: “Meep Meep looks far from the finished article and should appreciate a sterner test of stamina than the minimum trip when sent over hurdles. Did well to win her bumper at Chepstow and left a good impression when fourth behind Getaway Katie Mai at Aintree.”
Trainer: Anthony Honeyball. Age: 7.
Ran a string of superb races in staying novice chasers, including when placed at Cheltenham and Aintree in the spring. Several of you reckon she could go to the top this term.
Samantha Martin (@sam_angelina22) said: “Absolutely brilliant in winning a few listed races last season. Ran a great race in the four miler at Cheltenham and at Aintree. Will do very well In longer trip races this season. Would think the Welsh National would be a good option for her.”
Tania Kindersley (@taniakindersley) agreed, replying: “She's a mighty mare. So brave. Terrific choice.”
And JumpsBoy (@jumps_boy) said: “Ms Parfois over a trip. Very unlucky not to win at Cheltenham in March.”
Diana Thompson said of her: “Ran brilliantly at Cheltenham and Aintree and has had a breathing op over the summer. I can see her landing a long distance handicap chase soon.”
The website’s Content Editor, Andy Stephens (StevoGG) is also among the Ms Parfois fan club. He said: “She would be my one to follow. Strapping mare who jumps well, stays well and has a smashing attitude. She has Grand National stamped all over her and I believe connections are keen to point her in that direction.”
Trainer: Willie Mullins. Age: 6.
Several of you nominated horses trained by Willie Mullins. Next Destination won two Grade One races over hurdles and, in between, was third to Samcro at Cheltenham.
Car-Wai (@Lau686) said: “Next Destination -was one of the top novices for Mullins, staying on third in the Ballymore and winning the 3m grade 1 at Punchestown. If taking to fences, 12-1 [for the] RSA could look massive as he looks a chaser in the making.”
Trainer: Nicky Henderson. Age: 8.
Altior was nominated by a few of you but Owen Johnson (@OwenJohnson4) selected a darker horse from the yard.
“OK Corral ran a great race on [soft] ground he didn't like in the Albert Bartlett and that was why he didn't run great at Aintree [next time]. Maybe going over fences and granted good ground he will be a force to be reckoned with.”
Trainer: Paul Nicholls. Age: 6.
We asked the top man himself, Paul Nicholls, for one to follow and he tweeted back a one-word answer: Topofthegame. That will do for us!
He ran a string of fine races in top handicap hurdles last season, finishing off with a close second in the Coral Cup off a mark of 150.
Daniel Roe (@AirIndex) said: “Been running well off big weights in handicap hurdles, including when second in the Coral Cup carrying 11-9. He's massive and looks a chaser, and should be taking on fences this season.”
Liam Hedgecock (@liam_hedgecock) also believes his future as a chaser is bright. “Think Topofthegame could be an absolute beast over fences,” he said.
Trainer: Tom George. Age: 6.
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner, winner of three of his six races, is bound for even bigger things according to some of you.
Mark Maloney (@markmaloney16) kept it short and sweet. He said: “Impressive winning the supreme [when] meeting trouble in running.”
So did Lance Antony Moreton (@LanceAntony): “Makes couple of mistakes sometimes but still manages to win so if jumping better will be hard to beat.”
Trainer: Gordon Elliott. Age: 4.
Our final choice was provided by Aaron (@Horsey_Express). Vision D'Honneur, winner of his only start over hurdles at Fontainebleau for trainer Robert Collet last season, was snapped up by Gigginstown for €350,000 at the inaugural Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris Sale held by Arqana at Auteuil in late May.
He said: “Vision D’Honneur a new recruit for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown I believe. Expensive purchase has the same sire as super mare De Bon Coeur.”