The reappearance of some of the bigger National Hunt names – including promising novice chasers Ballyandy and Death Duty - in recent weeks is a firm sign that the core jumps season is right around the corner. Prepare yourself for the campaign in the best possible way with the latest edition of Timeform’s Jumps Horses To Follow.
The mainstay of the book is The Fifty—the 50 best prospects for jumps races in Britain this season chosen. Last year’s Fifty included the likes of Native River whose write-up of “bound to win more big races” came true early in the season thanks to emphatic wins in the Hennessey and Welsh National. Flying Angel, described as “built for fences and has the scope to improve on his hurdling exploits…will be well worth his place in stronger company”, won three times, including the Grade 1 Manifesto Chase at 5/1, while Otago Trail – “probably a smart handicap chaser in the making under the right conditions” - won two of his four starts, including the Rehearsal Chase at 9/1 on his reappearance. Our Kaempfer, the type who “may really thrive in big-field handicaps” did just that, a well-backed 5/1 shot when winning his first handicap chase on the bridle, while Knockgraffon, who “could prove himself favourably treated off a mark of 132”, lived up to his billing when landing a Newbury handicap chase at 6/1.
The jumps team at Timeform have again spent weeks poring over race replays and form lines to finalise this year’s list, which contains a good blend of hurdlers and chasers, two-milers and stayers, novices and established handicappers. So, order your copy of Horses To Follow 2017/18 today.
The Fifty are backed up by 10 top prospects from Ireland, which last year included subsequent three-time winner Apple’s Jade, Anibale Fly (two wins at 7/2), 6/1 winner Forge Meadow, and the now 170p-rated Great Field who won all four starts over fences and is now rated a legitimate Champion Chase contender.
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As well as the Fifty and the 10 from Ireland, there’s all the usual extra features, too. We’ve again spoken to a number of leading handlers for Talking To The Trainers and asked them for the own personal horses to follow. Last year’s Star Performer section featured Un Temps Pour Tout, whose two wins included the Ultima Handicap Chase at 9/1, and Unowhatimeanharry, whose four wins included the Long Distance Hurdle at 7/2. Get this season’s book to find out which filly Nicky Henderson says has “summered very well and looks so much stronger”, which horse Harry Fry says is “very exciting”, and who Warren Greatrex is talking about when he says “I’d be surprised if he didn’t go close” in an early-season bumper.
Recent Ante-Post Betting sections have had notable successes, including tipping Thistlecrack at 25/1 for the World Hurdle two seasons ago. We have again recommended ante-post bets for the Betfair Chase, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, World Hurdle, Gold Cup and Grand National, including a horse currently priced at 33/1. Rising Stars has also been a successful feature in recent years, having flagged up the likes of Sean Bowen, Jack Kennedy and Harry Cobden, and we’ve again highlighted a couple of up-and-coming trainers and jockeys to keep on your side.
There’s also the Review of 2016/17, which brings you Timeform race reports on a number of the biggest races and all the relevant statistics, while the final section of the book contains all of the ratings for the highest-rated performers in each division last season, a list of Promising Horses from all the the big yards and the trainers to follow at each National Hunt venue.
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