Matt Brocklebank: My Stable
Matt Brocklebank continues our ten jumpers to follow series for the 2013-2014 National Hunt season.
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Al Ferof - He was a taking winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup last year and although suffering injury afterwards, Paul Nicholls has got him back to full health and can look forward to an exciting season. Looks sure to appreciate a crack at three miles and the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day is reportedly his first major target.
Annie Power - Around 20/1 for the Champion Hurdle at the time of writing and Willie Mullins' mare has the potential to make those odds look silly come next March. Unbeaten from seven career starts so far and fancied to rack up another string of victories before heading for the major spring festivals.
"First Mohican - Very smart Flat recruit by Tobougg, so he won't mind the deep winter ground. Might be given a short break having been on the go a while but he's lightly raced and one Alan King can look forward to in the novice hurdle division."
Invictus - Missed the whole of last season through injury but returns to the fold looking one of the best handicapped chasers in training, having beaten subsequent Gold Cup hero Bobs Worth on his most recent start in February 2012. The Hennessy seems a logical target and he could develop into a real Gold Cup contender himself.
Meister Eckhart - Alan King is expected to have a really good season and this fellow rates an exciting novice chaser. Second in the Coral Cup before another good effort in third at Aintree, he looks to have plenty of speed so might be aimed towards the Jewson, if not the Arkle.
Milo Man - A promising bumper horse from last season who could make a big splash in novice hurdles. Evan Williams holds him in really high regard and one suspects he's a lot better than he was able to show on just his second public outing at Cheltenham.
Rolling Star - Slightly disappointing fifth in the Triumph Hurdle and then only sixth at Aintree but he made a huge impression on his UK bow when beating Irish Saint at Cheltenham in January and his revised handicap mark makes me giddy with excitement.
"Super Duty - Went oh so close in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham in March and can be excused his subsequent low-key run when reportedly over the top at Aintree. Very much a Grand National prospect in my eyes and well worth following en route."
Sausalito Sunrise - Winning pointer who was unlucky not to open his hurdling account at Ludlow in January, after which he ran well for third behind Up And Go at Ascot the following month. Retains his novice status for this season but expected to take advantage of what looks a lenient mark.
Swing Bowler - Impeccably bred mare who progressed through the ranks last term, including a good third to My Tent Or Yours at Newbury. Connections admit to taking the wrong option at the Festival in March so expect her to be dropped back to two miles - there's certainly still some mileage in her rating.
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.