but wanted to try and bring them together here and sticky them so we dont lose them and add some which John Morris, BBC Radio horse racing expert and author of Jumping prospects has provided exclusively for OLBG members.
John has been interviewing trainers for his Jumping Prospects book for 20 years, so he has a pretty good idea of how to put together a list of horses to follow.
Please note this is not a commercial venture or anything, OLBG gets nothing out of this, (well i did get a free copy of the book which i have to say is pretty good) we just thought you might like to know which horses he thinks are worth following and in return he gets a link to his site in case you want to buy his book or check him out some more.
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JUMPING PROSPECTS 6 TO FOLLOW FOR OLBG MEMBERS
BY JOHN MORRIS
This is a small sample of the twentieth edition of Jumping Prospects autumn publication.
This is obviously a distinct landmark in my long-term career as the author of JumpingProspects. Over the past two decades I have produced some stunning results from the variety of publications I have had the pleasure of writing. Obviously dramatic changes have been made to the concept and the format of Jumping Prospects’ autumn edition during the evolution of this highly acclaimed book. After long deliberations, market research and the all important feedback from my regular readers, the decision was
taken to totally revamp the way this product is presented. During the past decadethe emphasis was geared towards featuring in-depth ‘Trainer Interviews’. However, in my quest to provide informative and entertaining trainer files, the sheer number of horses featured began to overwhelm many readers. The changes made to this season’s edition will hopefully help people focus on quality rather than quantity. It is my intention to feature high profile horses from many of the nation’s finest jumping
establishments, but there will also be some that will fall below the radar. The stable tour has again proved another resounding success, enabling me to put together an informative, entertaining and punter friendly publication.
Last season the loss of virtually all jumps racing fixtures during December due to adverse winter weather definitely had an effect upon the build up to Cheltenham. However, both of the major Festivals certainly produced fantastic action for the jumps enthusiasts to savour. Long Run winning the Gold Cup and Hurricane Fly balancing the books for the Irish in the Champion Hurdle and Big Buck’s securing his third staying hurdle crown helped put the icing on another fantastic four days action in the Cotswolds during March. Then we had the continuation of the famous Aintree
dynasty, with Donald McCain maintaining his family’s long and successful
association with the world’s greatest jumps race, the Grand National. All this superb action banished those memories of darker days back in December.
There are various ways you can help yourself when it comes to following the horses featured in Jumping Prospects. My own personal preference is to enter the entire index into the horse alert tool.It is simple to complete, but does take patience and time.
Please note that 50+ horses featured might not be on the data base. (Dark horses – darker than a moonless night!)
This system works perfectly for me and is a massive help in my search for decent priced value winners. On Saturday 8th October the book highlighted a winner from featured trainer Anthony Honeyball’s stable - JACKIES SOLITAIRE won 25/1!
This is a book of real value to the ordinary punter, as many of the horses featured will not be found in similar publications at this early stage of the season.
Good luck to you all.
John Morris, Jumping Prospects & BBC Radion Mersyside Horse Racing Correspondent.
ALAND ISLANDS Trainer: Tim Vaughan
5, b. g. Stowaway – Champagne Lady // Distance: 2m 4f // Ground: good – soft
He is a big, scopey sort who made his racecourse debut in a two mile one furlong goodground bumper at Exeter in April. Always travelling well, he made headway under Tony McCoyto take closer order from four furlongs out. Once the partnership turned for home he asserted and ran on well to win comfortably by 5 lengths.
Trainer comments: The first horse I have trained for J. P. McManus, who purchased the horse following his impressive display when winning his bumper at Exeter in April. He will now start his novice hurdling campaign in the autumn and looks to have an exciting future.
BEDARRA BOY R122c Trainer: David Arbuthnot
5, ch. g. Needwood Blade – Rooah Quay // Distance: 2m 4f+ // Ground: good – soft
When he first started his chasing career at Hereford in November, I picked him out as a potential top class handicap chaser and featured him in the Spring Contenders Book. Last season he won on his chasing debut at Hereford over two miles, but the reason why I was so keen on him was the fact he is the most natural jumper I’d seen in quite a while, as he simply jumps for fun. While others are having the reins shaken at them, this fellow makes the perfect shape over a fence. The fact he was only a four-year-old when he won his first handicap chase was encouraging, but he is still on five and has achieve plenty during is short chasing career.
Probably his best performance from his three wins last season came at Ascot in April where he travelled well within himself throughout his first attempt over two miles and three furlongs on good ground. However, it was his jumping that caught your eye. He pings everything, just
a natural jumper, who has the ability to up his game this season. I think he will be suited by the Aintree fences and the Topham Trophy next April might be right up his street, but he needs to win a couple more races to ensure he will have the chance of a run in this race. He is not
overbig, but he has the heart of a lion and will make further progress this season.
ITALIAN MASTER Trainer: Paul Nicholls
5, b/br. g. Milan – Augusta Brook // Distance: 2m- 2m 4f // Ground: good – soft
He is an ex-Irish Point-to-Pointer, who won on his only outing over three miles on good ground at Dromahane in March. He has done everything asked of him following a good summer break and will now begin a novice hurdling campaign over two and a half miles on good to soft ground.
Trainer comments: He is a real beauty, who won in convincing style on his only outing between the Flags in Ireland. I have been delighted with the way he has settled in to life at Ditcheat. Hopefully he will continue to make progress as he gains further experience over hurdles. He is a very exciting recruit, who could be top-class.
KENTFORD GREY LADY Trainer: Emma Lavelle
5, gr, m. Silver Patriarch – Kentford Glebe // Distance: 2m 4f+ // Ground: good – soft
When she made her racecourse debut at Taunton in February, she made smooth progress from seven furlongs out and took up the running at the two furlong pole. Once she hit the front she just went into overdrive and had the race won in a matter of strides to win by four and a half lengths.
This was an impressive display by a mare who looked to have the ability to make the step up in class to run in the Listed Mares’ Final at Sandown in March. Unfortunately however she did not land a blow at any stage of the race eventually finishing eleventh. Without doubt this mare is much
better than the performance she put up at Sandown. There will be plenty of opportunities for her to make amends when she begins her novice hurdling campaign during the autumn.
Trainer comments: She has always looked likely to progress, but my one regret was the tactics and instructions I gave to my jockey at Sandown. Perhaps we shall just put a line through that run. We now plan to send her over hurdles and we will aim towards some of the decent mares’ novice hurdles, with a view to running in the Mares’ Final next year. She has schooled really well and definitely has the scope and the ability to produce further good displays over the coming months.
KING’S GRACE Trainer: Donald McCain
5, b. g. King’s Theatre – Beauchamp Grace // Distance: 2m+ // Ground: good – soft
Last season he made his racecourse debut in a bumper at Bangor in November where he made all and sprinted clear in the final half furlong to win by an impressive 5 lengths. Unfortunately he met with a setback that ruled him out for the remainder of the season. He looks to have bags of ability and the scope to make a big impact when he returns over hurdles
in the autumn.
Trainer comments: This is a horse I hold in very high-regard. After his very pleasing display at Bangor, he had a foot problem, but it took a while to diagnose exactly what was the extent of the problem. We finally discovered he had an abscess in his foot and rather than bring him back we gave him plenty of time to recover. He has since done really well
during the summer. I might give him another run in a bumper, just to help build up his confidence and then send him over hurdles. He looks to have a very bright future.
KNIGHT PASS Trainer: Warren Geatrex
5, b. g. Accordion – Toulon Pass // Distance: 2m+ // Ground: good – soft
When he made his racecourse debut in a bumper at Sandown in November, he was the subject of significant early morning interest in the betting markets. Once the race began, he was held up behind the early leaders. As the field turned for home, he just cruised through on
the bridle to take up the running from two furlongs out. Noel Fehily only had to squeeze him gently to encourage him to lengthen and stride clear for an impressive 8 length success. This was probably the best and most impressive display from any bumper horse during the first half of last season. The cold snap meant he was denied another outing until early January, when he ran in another bumper at Southwell. Once again he was held up, but soon took up the running when leading on the bit from two furlongs out. The way he quickened past his rivals was awesome. He had confirmed himself to be one of the leading contenders for the Cheltenham Festival Bumper. On the day, he arrived with a big reputation. Personally it was no surprise when his bubble burst. Circumstances beyond his control meant he was destined to put in the most disappointing display of his short career. Quite frankly everything went wrong and he never
went an inch during any stage of the race. You can write him off at your peril, but I’m certain he will bounce back when he returns to begin his novice hurdling career during the autumn. This could well prove to be a very, very special horse with the scope to take high order
amongst the top-notch novice hurdlers.
Trainer comments: Knight Pass is an athletic individual, who has something special about his attitude in that he acts like he is king of the yard! I’ve schooled him over hurdles and he jumps brilliantly. I would really love to start him off somewhere in a race where he can bully his rivals into submission. He has the speed, the class and the ability to take on the very best novice hurdlers this season.
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David Arbuthnot's Pere Blanc could be a very interesting player in novice chases this year, albeit it remains to be seen whether they will send him round a couple of times for a mark before waiting to strike in handicaps, much like they did last winter over hurdles. However, he has all the attributions to make up into a really useful novice chaser this season.
David Pipe has a couple of interesting youngsters for the forthcoming season, both from families very well known to their handler, namely Barney Cool, a Bollin Eric half brother to useful trio Mr Cool, Miss Cool and Very Cool who made a winning debut at the expense of Dark Shadow at Fontwell back in May, overcoming greenness to run out a convincing 6 length winner in the end. Swing Bowler, a daughter of Galileo out of connections' smart jumper Lady Cricket also got off the mark at the first time of asking in easy fashion when seeing off a handful of rivals on the same day at Wincanton. Both could be potentially quite useful.
Emma Lavelle also has a couple of potentially nice sorts in her care, namely the well-touted PTP recruit Court Victory, and a full brother to their smart hurdler Tocca Ferro by the name of The Last Night. One other worth a quick mention is the Pat Flynn trained Sword Of Honour, a son of Montjeu who is a half brother to smart middle distance stayer Moments Of Joy and out of the top-class middle distance mare My Emma, herself a half sister to top-class stayer Classic Cliche. He made a winning start in very impressive fashion last month when landing a bumper at Killarney by 9 lengths under Derek O'Connor, coasting clear inside the final furlong; has the pedigree to go a long way in this sphere. _________________ Dark Horses 2013 - Flat
Another that may be worth keeping an eye on from the Warren Greatrex stable is the once raced Turbo Du Ranch who collected a bumper over 13 furlongs at Newbury back in March. He looked as green as grass that day but showed battling qualities and should be open to improvement with experience. I would visualise a campaign at the minimum trip to begin with if sent over timber.
Traffic Chaos from the Charlie Mann stable had point to point form in Ireland prior to joining the yard. Was successful in a maiden hurdle at Southwell on his fourth attempt over the smaller obstacles and likely to be campaigned as a novice chaser this season ; 2m4f to 3 miles will suit. No worldbeater but should hopefully pay his way.
Vic Legend ( Rebecca Curtis ) - has only seen a racecourse the once when a 16 Lengths fourth in an Exeter bumper back in March ; the winner that day ( Aland Islands - Tim Vaughan trained ) looks potentially a fair performer but when Vic Legend is stepped up in trip to 2m 4f over hurdles then I would hope he is able to find his way to the winners enclosure. Sure to be placed to the best of his ability by his very capable trainer.
IF,and i mean IF.A horse i own an inch of one tail hair of. .passes nicky henderson's vet.(IS LOOKING GOOD) it will NOT be snipped .OUCH..as after the festivals next year,will be going back to the flat,but will be aimed at chel./aintree,young horse races.think of alan king , PENZANCE. .and maybe a bigger spectrum.worth a small ante gamble,but that is just my opinion
did not forget the nag's name. .step forward my next holiday expenses,DANDINO,who the plan is,will be going back to mr.given,next flat season.
Paul nichols has a few good novice hurdles but his best hopes seem to lie with HINTERLAND who he has high hopes of
Expect to see him challenging in the top Novice hurdle races with a view to winning one of the big cheltenham novice races.
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