Ed Chamberlin: My Stable
Ed Chamberlin kicks off our ten jumpers to follow series for the 2013-2014 National Hunt season.
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I was relieved when sportinglife.com asked me to come up with the ten obvious ones for the National Hunt season - you cannot get more obvious than Sprinter Sacre!
However, no ten to follow list should be without him. He's simply unbeatable and everything is in place for him to become a legend of the jumping game.
My ten are big hitters and all are capable of winning Grade One races throughout the season. Indeed, I'd be disappointed if the four championship races at Cheltenham aren't won by horses in the list below.
It promises to be a great six months through to the Grand National meeting at Aintree. And, don't forget, you can track all of the horses in this list or any jumper that takes your eye by opening a My Stable account here at sportinglife.com.
Enjoy the season,
Bobs Worth - Will win the Gold Cup again! His Hennessy win last year hinted at how good he could be and all that potential came to fruition at Cheltenham, where he's unbeaten in five starts. I suspect we won't see him too much again, but he keeps a little bit for himself and I fully expect him to retain his crown.
Flemenstar - My favourite horse in training. Rarely do we see a chaser so economical over a fence and I'm sure there is a championship race in him. It was disappointing the way his campaign ended last season, but the switch to Tony Martin may just bring out the best in him. He's supremely talented and sure to win big points and races.
"Grandouet - My idea of the Arkle winner. Due a change of luck and said to school brilliantly at home. Admittedly he looks to have been hard to train over hurdles, but we have seen flashes of brilliance and along with Champagne Fever he's the standout class act amongst the two-mile novice chasers."
Jezki - Didn't set the world alight on his re-appearance but remains my fancy to win the Champion Hurdle. I don't think he was at his best or had much luck in the Supreme but it was a very hot renewal of the race and the first three home look top class.
My Tent Or Yours - Another one from that brilliant Supreme Novices' and I know how much AP McCoy loves this horse. He looks an out-and-out speedster and the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton looks his for the taking. A mercurial talent and should be unbeatable - on flat tracks.
Shutthefrontdoor - Looks a smart recruit to the chasing game and was given a nice introduction at Aintree when winning over 2m4f. He's only going to improve when sent over further and already looks a live contender for the RSA Chase. He's also AP McCoy's horse to follow for the season and that's good enough for me.
Sir Des Champs - Looks the standout staying chaser in Ireland and can accumulate a stack of points in his homeland throughout the winter. Will be a big player at Cheltenham and all the spring festivals again on decent ground.
Solwhit - It is tempting to take a chance and include Big Buck's but in his absence Solwhit is top of the stayers' tree. I'm not sure he got the credit he deserved for his Ladbrokes World Hurdle win (don't forget he followed up at Aintree with a very easy win) and if BB doesn't return or is below his best, then Charles Byrnes' charge can mop up plenty of points.
"Sprinter Sacre - What a horse. A Rolls Royce among Escorts. The Lionel Messi of National Hunt racing. He looks magnificent and he's every bit as good as he looks. Will be unbeatable over two miles and in all honesty, he'd probably be unbeatable over staying trips too. No list should be without him."
The New One - He may struggle to beat the Irish in the Champion but can still make hay in all the big hurdle races on this side of the Irish Sea in what is a tremendously exciting division.
My Stable 'how to' guide:
• To search for a horse, trainer or jockey, type their name in the search bar and click on the magnifying glass.
• To add a horse, trainer or jockey to your stable, do the above and then click on 'add to my stable'.
• To view your stable, go to 'your selections' located towards the top right when you are logged in.
• To receive email alerts from your stable, you must tick the box located under the tab 'E-Mail'.
• To stop receiving alerts, untick the box. To delete your selection from your stable, select the red cross.