Five to Follow for the 2016/17 jumps season by Darren Goodbody
BLACK CORTON – Laverock – Pour Le Meilleur. (5 yr old)
Paul Nicholls (Ditcheat)
The French import has won three of his five starts since arriving at the Somerset stables. Since his summer break he has come back stronger and solid recording two wins around the novice ranks.
His win in a Listed event at Kempton this season saw him put a 130 rated hurdler to the sword to twelve lengths. Holding a rating now of 135 he looks a new star on the horizon for Nicholls who could land some nice races with him throughout the season.
COASTAL TIEP – Coastal Path – Jaltiepy (4 year old)
Paul Nicholls (Ditcheat)
Just one of dozens of French imports to land on Nicholls doorstep. This youngster has been recruited from the Jack Barber p2p stables and really took to hurdles when winning around the novice ranks on debut at Kempton when taking apart 123 rated Picamix by seven lengths.
He still looks very much ahead of the handicapper off an unofficial rating of 129. The horse has a few owners with the most recognisable being Charlie Mann. There could be some middle distance races to be won with him in time, his still a learning curve, so lots of improvement to come.
MYSTIFIABLE – Kayf Tara – Royal Keel (8 year old)
Fergal O’Brien (Cheltenham)
An exciting chaser for the forth coming season with Fergal O’Brien. With two chase wins under his belt which included a decent win in a 0-125 chase at Newbury sleuthing up by seven lengths.
He looked out of his depth when stepping into Listed company when pulling up in the Listed Betfred Handicap Chase at Aintree and looks set to be dropped back into handicap company. With the ground currently in his favour and the fact he goes well fresh we could see an re-appearance very soon.
SATURNAS – Davidoff – Sayuri (5 year old)
Willie Mullins (County Carlow)
A very exciting French import who won on debut for the yard recently at Naas when hacking up by eight lengths under Ruby Walsh. The sire was useful on the flat when winning the Group 3 Bush Memorial in Germany,
The dam Sayuri was unraced with the dam-sire Acatanango who was top sire in Germany breeding good middle distance horses on the level. It will be interesting to see how they nurse him through the ranks and could be an interesting novice this forth coming season.
WESTEND STORY – Westerner – Sarahall (5 year old)
Philip Hobbs (Somerset)
This five year old failed to finish on both starts around the p2p circuit, but showed promise when turning up at Sandhills producing two wins under rules around the national hunt circuit.
He went to Prestbury Park in fine form and ran a massive fifth in the Champion bumper when behind the likes of Ballyandy, Battleford and Bacardy’s who have all gone on to be successful.
For myself the Cheltenham champion bumper has produced a great insight towards the following year and the Supreme novices, and he could be one to keep a very close eye on this season.