Racing TV presenters and pundits pick their horses to follow for the Jumps season

Wed 23 Oct 2019

Our expert team of pundits and presenters have compiled a list of horses for the 2019-20 Jumps season - make sure you add them into your Racing TV tracker!

This time last year, the team had lined up some beauties for the Jumps season, headlined by Angus McNae, who selected William Henry, winner of the Coral Cup at 28-1 on only his second start of the season.

Two-time winners included Mister Whitaker (James Millman, 3-1 and 4-1), Shades Of Midnight (Ed Watson, 8-13 and 11-2), Truckers Lodge (Andrew Sheret, 9-4 and 3-1), Two For Gold (Oli Bell) and Vinndication (Tom Stanley).

Other scorers included Morning Vicar (Tony Calvin), Huntsman Son (David Fitzgerald), Santini (Andy Richmond), Presenting Percy (Will Smith) and Tornado Flyer (Alex Steedman).

Our expert team of pundits and presenters have compiled a list of horses to stay on the right side of during the upcoming Jumps season.

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Horse: Two For Gold.

Trainer: Kim Bailey.

Age: 6.

Two For Gold showed a good attitude to win at Bangor last season

I own a very small share in him and he gave us plenty of fun days during his novice hurdling career.

I expect him to develop into a reasonable novice chaser this year and the vibes from the Bailey team are positive about the season ahead.

Fingers crossed he can give us plenty more days out at some of the country’s biggest courses.


Horse: L'inganno Felice.

Trainer: Iain Jardine.

Age: 9.

Watch how L'inganno Felice landed the Listed Summer Hurdle

Having made his debut at Longchamp behind subsequent French Derby winner Intello, he has won four times on the Flat as well as lifting four races over timber including an impressive victory in last year’s Listed Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen.

Following a lengthy absence, I hear the plan is to now go novice chasing and what an exciting prospect he should be as he was a bold-jumping trailblazer over hurdles.

Given his favoured goodish ground and a trip of around two miles, he might be hard to peg back and strikes a the type to rattle up a sequence.


Horse: Brewin'upastorm.

Trainer: Olly Murphy.

Age: 6.

Brewin'upastorm found only Reserve Tank too good at Aintree

Since demolishing subsequent Aintree champion bumper winner, Portrush Ted, on his racecourse debut in January 2018, I have believed that Brewin'upastorm would develop into a high-class jumper and I can't wait to see him over fences this season.

He won his only point-to-point start very easily and looks a proper chasing type both physically and with the exuberance he races with.

Two-and-a-half miles is his maximum trip, and probably two miles on a stiff track.


Horse: Millers Bank.

Trainer: Alex Hales.

Age: 5.

Millers Bank finished fifth at Stratford on his last start

A son of the excellent Passing Glance, Millers Bank was still quite weak last season but managed to finish second in a couple of bumpers during a light campaign.

He has always had an engine and has done well over the summer, coming back in a much bigger, stronger horse. It will be disappointing if he can't be very competitive in novice hurdles.


Horse: Cap Du Mathan

Trainer: Paul Nicholls.

Age: 4.

Could Cap Du Mathan follow in the footsteps at the likes of Big Buck's?
Could Cap Du Mathan follow in the footsteps at the likes of Big Buck's?

Anthony Bromley bought the likes of Big Buck’s, Celestial Halo, Cenkos and My Will amongst others for owner Andy Stewart. The same bloodstock agent has purchased this twice-raced Kapgarde gelding who looks a novice hurdler to follow this winter.

Fourth and second in two starts over hurdles at Auteuil when trained by Arnaud Chaille-Chaille, he has joined the champion trainer and could develop into a household name in years to come.


Horse: Goshen.

Trainer: Gary Moore.

Age: 3.

Goshen bolted up on the flat at Sandown in June

A lightly-raced, French-bred gelding by Authorized who was bought by current connections as a potential jumper. He impressed when winning a couple of three-year-old handicaps on the flat in June at Brighton over 1m4f by 12 lengths, and at Sandown over two furlongs further by nine lengths on soft ground.

It is worth noting that his “gallop out” after the race at Sandown was very strong and Hector Crouch took nearly half-a-mile to pull him up! Has been rested since for a juvenile hurdles campaign.


Horse: Getaway Trump.

Trainer: Paul Nicholls.

Age: 6.

Getaway Trump impressed when winning his final start last season

He achieved plenty as a novice hurdler having been runner-up in the Grade One Challow Hurdle over the Christmas period before putting behind him an odds-on defeat at Kelso to finish the season with a bang when giving weight away to all rivals in a valuable novices’ handicap hurdle at Sandown.

There had been talk of keeping Getaway Trump over hurdles, but the son of Getaway, who has a rating of 155 over hurdles, is in the right hands to make a huge stamp on the novice chasing division.


Horse: Saldier.

Trainer: Willie Mullins.

Age: 5.

Restricted to one start last season but might just have got the better of Espoir d’Allen had he not fallen at the last.

The fact that they were miles clear of Mr Adjudicator suggests he’d made a nice bit of progress since his Grade One-winning juvenile campaign. I expect him to be a genuine Champion Hurdle hopeful if he returns in the same form.

Ruby Walsh was also complimentary about him in a recent question and answer chat on Racing TV’s Facebook page.


Horse: Delta Work.

Trainer: Gordon Elliott.

Age: 6.

Delta Work was an impressive winner of a Grade One at Punchestown

Delta Work progressed nicely last season as a top staying novice chaser. He could only finish third in the RSA Chase at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, but he didn’t have an ideal run through the race and, despite that, there still wasn’t much between him, Topofthegame and Santini at the finish.

Delta Work stepped forward from Cheltenham in running out an impressive winner of the Grade One Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown in April and has the potential to make his presence felt in some of the top staying chases this season.


Horse: Chacun Pour Soi.

Trainer: Willie Mullins.

Age: 7.

Chacun Pour Soi impressed at Punchestown

He is the most exciting prospect I saw last season. Formerly trained in France, he has raced only twice for Willie Mullins, winning at Naas before landing the Grade One Ryanair Novices Chase at Punchestown where he thrashed the very useful Defi Du Seuil.

It is not hard to see him being a live contender for the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival for which he is a best-priced 7-1.

He is lightly raced and open to improvement and, even if Altior were to stay in the two-mile chasing division, I believe Chacin Pour Soi will be a more than credible opponent.


Horse: Khage

Trainer: Harry Whittington.

Age: 6.

Khage in winning action at Taunton last season

He bolted up in a 2m novices' hurdle at Chepstow in the spring, despite racing keenly, after which Whittington said: "He's getting more professional and growing up with each run; his confidence is improving."

Rated in the mid-130s over hurdles, Khage is an impeccable jumper but is expected to be even better over fences.


Horse: Proschema

Trainer: Dan Skelton.

Age: 4.

Proschema was a useful performer on the flat

This fine big horse has been an under-achiever for Tom Dascombe despite running an excellent race in the Northumberland Plate among others.

I was going to back him for the Ebor handicap, but he missed the cut by two. However, the principal reason for backing him was that he had been switched to Dan Skelton which is a very exciting move given the trainer’s ability to transform horses from other yards.

Proschema has a fantastic turn of foot for a stayer and certainly has the size and scope to be a hurdler.

I am very much looking forward to seeing him over jumps. If he takes to it, he will be Cheltenham class.


Horse: Gypsy Island

Trainer: Peter Fahey.

Age: 5.

Gypsy Island was successful at the Punchestown Festival

Gypsy Island looks a hugely exciting prospect for mares’ novice hurdles this season. She was unbeaten in four bumpers and, although defeated on her sole start over hurdles at Navan, can be expected to leave that form well behind.

Indeed, it would be no surprise if she were able to take on the top geldings in open company.


Horse: Reserve Tank.

Trainer: Colin Tizzard.

Age: 5.

Reserve Tank reached a high level over hurdles last season

Improved in leaps and bounds in the spring rattling off a four-timer over hurdles including festival wins at Aintree and Punchestown and looks set to make his mark over fences this autumn.

He suffered a defeat on his debut over fences at Chepstow this month, but I still think he will take high rank over the larger obstacles.


Horse: Extra Mag.

Trainer: David Pipe.

Age: 5.

Watch how Extra Mag got off the mark over hurdles last season

Having shaped with plenty of promise in three novice hurdles last season, Extra Mag appeals as the type to go on to better things in handicaps this time around.

He’s raced only around two miles to date but should stay further and an opening mark of 132 could underestimate him.


Horse: I K Brunel

Trainer: Olly Murphy.

Age: 5.

I K Brunel ran a promising race at Cheltenham on his second start over hurdles

Carlisle bumper winner who went on to run well on his hurdles debut when third at Cheltenham in a race which has worked out well.

Just one start since when beaten out of sight in the Dovecote, he comes into this year as a five-year-old with novice status intact.

He always looked a horse to come into his own this season and, for all fences will be his game, he can win a few good races over hurdles over the coming months.


Horse: Bright Forecast.

Trainer: Ben Pauling.


Bright Forecast stayed on nicely to finish third in the Ballymore at the Festival

I have a soft spot for this fella who runs in the Aldaniti silks and very much wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s not fast as such but he showed, when staying on into third in the Ballymore, that he’s already good and looks the type to excel over fences.

Ultimately, you might just see these famous colours at Aintree again in a few years’ time. For the record, his trainer Ben Pauling loves him even more than I do.


Horse: Saldier

Trainer: Willie Mullins.

Age: 5.

Having been on his back till we parted company at the last, I believe that he would have beaten Espoir D’Allen at Naas in November.

He did suffer a facial injury that day and missed the rest of last season but is back in full work now.

He looks a picture and, on form, has very little improvement to make to be a Champion Hurdle horse. Physically he looks to have really matured and, at five years of age, he, for my money, is the one horse who is somewhat under the radar.


Horse: Hitman Fred.

Trainer: Rose Dobbin.

Age: 6.

Rose Dobbin’s travails with a virus last season were well-documented but, as a result, the Northumberland handler has a stable of potentially well-handicapped horses which can belatedly help her to build on a career-best campaign in 2017/18.

Hitman Fred should do his bit for the cause in handicap hurdles this time around. Things haven’t really gone his way since a promising bumper debut at Kelso in January last year; and the yard was still under a cloud when well beaten on his handicap debut at Perth in April.

He’s better than that and I fancy a mark of 107 could underestimate this lightly-raced type.

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