August 28, 2019 at 12:04 #1452276
I think that it goes without saying that Envoi Allen and Malone Road will be top of many a list this year, but there’s a few more I thought worth keeping an eye on.
Midnight Run – Very hopeful of a big season from him. He didn’t do much wrong last year, and looks as if they’re being patient with him. Even at the tail end of August, I think he looks perfect for The Ballymore, and if I wasn’t as tight with my Anteposts on Novice Hurdlers, I might chance that 25’s with Bet365. Just holding off though (for now), A’s also a chance he could go Albert Bartlett, or indeed go straight to chasing, but he’s one I’ll be following closely.
Gypsy Island – Very impressive at Punchestown, and obviously an exciting prospect. Prominent in the betting for The Supreme, and that looks the obvious target for her.
Andy Dufresne – This boys route is even harder to second guess, but wherever he goes, he should be winning. I’m always cautious with “hype” horses, but I just get the impression he could be the real deal.
McFabulous – If you ignore that blip at Cheltenham last November, then he’s actually a very promising prospect. Three nice wins to his name, and though very early to be speculating on ground, perhaps he just doesn’t want it too fast. Nothing to suggest yet that he’ll be absolutely top drawer, but I’m in no rush to rule that out either, and he’ll surely be winning his fair share. Interested to see just how far he can rise.
Colreevy – No match for Gypsy Island at Punchestown, but she had a fine time of it at the tail end of the season herself, and she looks one that could go any route.
Abacadabras – Acquitted himself without looking proper G1 Material last year. He’s another who could potentially go chasing, but either way, a smart enough prospect.
Shishkin – Couldn’t have been more impressive at Kempton, and I’d be amazed if he doesn’t end up decent. Another who looks big for The Ballymore, at 33’s.
Early days I know, but these are the ones who immediately sprung to mind.August 28, 2019 at 13:26 #1452278jackh1092Participant
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Agree on Shishkin VTC, I think the Donnellys have a few interesting novice hurdlers this year like, The Big Getaway, Tactical Move + Egality Mans. All 3 lost their bumpers, not by far! All being pointers i think a trip is what they’ll need.
Another i like is Ask For Glory for Nicholls. Haven’t studied much mind you.
Hindsight is 20/20 so make the most of it!August 28, 2019 at 18:17 #1452291LostSoldier3Blocked
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I don’t think he’ll shake up any of these named horses so far but one in my tracker for novice and handicap hurdles is Old Jeroboam.
The bare form of his two bumper wins isn’t anything to write home about really, but there’s something a bit sexy about the way he puts his head down and finishes his races. He powered home both times, suggesting the crawl-sprint nature of bumper racing wasn’t seeing him to best effect at all.
I’d almost like to see him beaten in a few novices around sharp tracks in small fields because I think he’ll be a real weapon in big field handicaps.August 29, 2019 at 14:32 #1452356
Nice one soldier, that’s the type of dark one I’d be hoping to put up myself, but just struggling for that type this year.
Good luck with him, and I’ll be keeping an eye out.September 1, 2019 at 13:29 #1452568Cheltenham Novice ChaseParticipant
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Others of note…
2) Wide Receiver
4) Chantry House
5) Festival D’Ex
6) Asterion FurlongeSeptember 1, 2019 at 23:03 #1452606
I forgot about Wide Receiver CNC, hopefully he can live up to the price tag.October 4, 2019 at 23:56 #1463757
Very happy with that run from Abacadabras today, and good to get one on the board early, for all that he was long odds on.October 10, 2019 at 21:49 #1465548
Old Jeroboam really impressed today, good shout Soldier. He certainly impressed in the finish.October 24, 2019 at 22:26 #1472466Ray1891Participant
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hi everyone, im a new member.
just wondering what thoughts are on hendersons FLORESSA if anyone saw her? ran in a 2m mares novice hurdle at worcester yesterday, early days but a great runOctober 24, 2019 at 23:38 #1472468
Welcome to TRF Ray
Very impressive winner, was effortless, and the faller two out wouldn’t have troubled her.
Certainly one to take note of, and be interested in how she fares in a stronger race.November 7, 2019 at 11:53 #1474277
Just got round to watching the McFabulous race from yesterday, and I was quite disappointed with that.November 10, 2019 at 13:53 #1474497
After the disappointment of McFabulous, much better from Abacadabras and Andy Dufresne.December 15, 2019 at 14:01 #1477395
Very disappointing from Andy Dufresne today, and though it’s worth giving him another chance, it wasn’t what I expected.
His defeat might overshadow the performance of Captain Guiness in the opener. He won as he liked, and though Blackbow tipped up at the last, Captain Guiness would still have won easily, so he’s another one to take note of.December 16, 2019 at 08:40 #1477434jackh1092Participant
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Looked very handy indeed Bobby. I actually think that was one of the most impressive maiden winners this year.
Hindsight is 20/20 so make the most of it!January 15, 2020 at 20:26 #1479853
Sorry Jack, I completely missed your reply.
Yeah, another decent run from him on Sunday, and people taking notice of him now. I wasn’t blown away by Andy Dufresne on Sunday, but happy with his progress as far as this thread goes.
Of the rest, Shishkin finally delivered today, and hammered in the betting for Cheltenham, and of the others, as much as I don’t think he’s value for The Supreme, it’s good to see Abacadabras head the market, again, in relation to the thread.
McFabulous and Midnight Run The big disappointments, though hardly be a surprise if they appear from nowhere in a big Handicap, and I just wonder if Midnight Run will appear in The Martin Pipe.
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