Alex Hammond: My Stable
Alex Hammond continues our ten jumpers to follow series for the 2013-2014 National Hunt season.
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Away from this weekend's racing it's the time of year that we are full of hope and expectation for the months to come and compile a list of 10 horses to follow for the rest of the National Hunt season.
At this time of year it always seems like the greatest list in the world and I hope it still looks that way come next spring. Here are 10 horses I think can win us some money over the winter.
This 8 year old grey gelding is the winner of eight of his 8 starts and is an interesting proposition returning from a year off the track with injury. He has spent his time off with Lisa Hales and has rejoined Nicholls looking better than ever. His trainer is sure to place him to good effect and I'll be surprised if he doesn't figure in some of the top chases this season. His first big task could be in the King George for which he is a 12/1 shot with Sky Bet.
This 5 year old chesnut mare is a superstar in the making and starts this season unbeaten in all 7 starts. She is with the master trainer and will be hard to beat against her own sex and should hold her own when taking on the boys too. She could start her season doing just that in the Morgiana Hurdle later this month.
"At Fishers Cross - AP McCoy told me that one of the races he would like to win that still eludes him is the World Hurdle. Well, this six year old bay gelding could be the horse to give him that longed for win."
At Fishers Cross
AP McCoy told me earlier this week that one of the races he would like to win that still eludes him is the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Well, this six year old bay gelding could be the horse to give him that longed for win. He has 8 wins from his 10 starts and looks a very smart staying hurdle prospect. He is currently 7/2 2nd favourite for the Cheltenham race just behind 3/1 favourite Big Bucks. If there are any chinks in the latter's armour after his period on the sidelines this could be the horse to take advantage.
This 6 year old grey gelding won a very classy renewal of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham back in March beating many people's idea of the good thing, My Tent or Yours. He has won 6 of his 10 starts and looks a leading two mile novice chase prospect.
This 7 year old was beaten on his reappearance in the Haldon Gold Cup, but there were excuses. Many of the yard's horses have improved for their initial outings and he was giving an awful lot of weight away to his rivals in this limited handicap chase. He also slipped at an early fence which jockey Joe Tizzard felt affected his performance and he will also be suited to stepping back up in trip. His overall record can't be knocked as he has won 9 from 18 including Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham and has plenty in his favour for a repeat bid in March. He is a top class chaser and is 9/2 joint favourite to win that race again.
This 5 year old bay gelding is another that figured prominently in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle back in March finishing 3rd. He has won 8 of his 11 starts, including three Grade One Novice Hurdles. He made a satisfactory start to his season winning at Down Royal at the beginning of this month and looks a top class two mile hurdle prospect now he has that run under his belt. That race wasn't run to suit and he was stuck making his own running and he can progress from here.
This 6 year old is another potential star for owner JP McManus. He has 7 wins from 9 starts and made a winning chasing debut at Aintree last month. He is bred to make a better horse over fences and whilst he won't be overfaced early on he should win his fair share of races and be capable of winning some decent races with experience.
"Silviniaco Conti - This 7 year old has 10 wins from 17 starts and did Paul Nicholls proud last season. He should be even better with another season under his belt and is a serious contender for the top races."
With the likes of Kauto Star and Denman retired Paul Nicholls looked like he lacked a star staying chaser. However, this 7 year old did him proud winning the Charlie Hall, Betfair Chase and Denman Chase before falling whilst in the process of running a fantastic race in the Gold Cup and then finished third in the Bowl Chase at Aintree where a mistake may have cost him the race. He has 10 wins from 17 starts and should be even better with another season under his belt and is a serious contender for the top races. He is 8/1 with Sky Bet for the Gold Cup.
What is there to say about this 7 year old gelding? With 14 wins from 16 starts and an unbeaten record over fences the reigning Champion Chaser is peerless.
The New One
Finally, I think this 5 year old should be in everyone's lists. He has 8 wins from 11 starts with a Festival win in the Neptune Novices' Hurdle to his name too. He has to take on the big boys this term, but judging on his reappearance at Kempton looks more that capable of that. The International Hurdle and Christmas Hurdle could be on his agenda en-route to Cheltenham once again. He is Sky Bet's 4/1 favourite for the Champion Hurdle.
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.