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Ahead On The Flat

The Top Flat Horses To Follow for 2024

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Published in early APRIL 2024

Foreword by Ed CHAMBERLIN, ITV Racing

“I’ve known Mark Howard for many years now and he’s an outstanding analyst and judge. He’s also got a contact book that is the envy of everyone in the game.”

Stable Interviews – 500 horses covered in Talking Trainers:

Charlie APPLEBY (34 horses covered), Andrew BALDING (62), Ralph BECKETT (60), Ed BETHELL (33 including 4 two year olds), George BOUGHEY (54 including 12 two year olds), Karl BURKE (45), Tim EASTERBY(59 including 17 two year olds), William HAGGAS (85), Roger VARIAN (69).

Quotes from Talking Trainers:

“A very nice colt and his next target is the Group 3 Greenham Stakes

at Newbury (20th April).” CHARLIE APPLEBY

“Progressive last season, we are hoping he will develop into a smart middle distance horse this year. His owners have been patient and we are hoping he will develop into a Duke of Edinburgh Stakes contender at Royal Ascot (21st June).”


“Well bred, she is a filly we like a lot. Quite masculine, she is a strong filly who possesses enough speed for a mile but will stay ten furlongs plus. We have given her some smart entries.” RALPH BECKETT

“One of our exciting prospects, he is a lovely big horse who was immature last year. Seven furlongs or a mile is likely to be his trip and he could be a Britannia / Jersey Stakes horse at Royal Ascot.” ED BETHELL

“In all likelihood, we will start him off in a Derby trial over ten furlongs and he should stay a mile and a half. A colt with a very good temperament, I really like him.”


“Unraced, she is a dark one who has done very well physically during the winter. The Bridget Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Newbury (19th April) over seven furlongs is an option in the spring. A filly with a good attitude, we will be giving her some smart entries.” WILLIAM HAGGAS

“I like him and his work had been good prior to making his debut. We thought he would run very well that day but he came back with an injury. Back in work, he will reappear in April/May and is one to keep on the right side of.” ROGER VARIAN

Ahead On The Flat (160 pages) also features the following sections:

The Top 40 Prospects – Last season’s selections included Royal Ascot winners COPPICE & COURAGE MON AMI, plus Group 1 winner MEASURED TIME and progressive three year old NAQEEB (Rated 104).

Owners’ Enclosure – Racing manager Joe Foley runs through the pick of the CLIPPER LOGISTICS horses for 2024. Last year’s interview featured half a dozen unraced two year olds including Group 1 winning juvenile FALLEN ANGEL.

Bromley’s Best Buys – Leading bloodstock agent Anthony Bromley highlights the pick of the Flat horses he has purchased in the last twelve months, including a daft of unraced two year olds. The top-class filly RELIEF RALLY (Won 4 out of 5 including the Group 2 Lowther Stakes) was featured last season.

Maidens In Waiting – a selection of lightly raced three year olds who ought to be shedding their maiden tags shortly. SHAMIDA (3 wins including two Group 3 victories) provided the highlight in 2023.

Significant Sales – a group of horses who will be racing for new connections this summer having gone under the hammer in recent months. The winners last season included MORNING SUN (15/2 & 3/1) & MOONSPIRIT (9/2, 5/1, 9/2).

Stable Gossip – the latest news from Sir Michael Stoute’s powerful yard.

Unraced Three Years – a selection of three year olds who are set to make their racecourse debuts this spring onwards. Those featured last year included the Group 2 Royal Ascot winner GREGORY (3 wins), FAKHAMA (Won first time out @ 16/5), KING LEAR (11/10), MAHBOOB (6/5), NEW BUSINESS (6/5), PERFUSE (11/10, 5/6), QUEEN FOR YOU (4/1), REMINDER (4/1, 11/2) and ZIRYAB (6/4).

Appendix – a comprehensive analysis of the leading sprinters, milers, middle distances and stayers for the season ahead

Index – anextensive index covering over 600 horses

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Ahead On The Flat Updates – VIA EMAIL ONLY

Once again, I shall be producing 3 Ahead On The Flat Updates. The first Update will be a preview of the prestigious Royal Ascot meetingin June, the second will be a preview of the historic four day York Ebor meeting in August and the third will concentrate on the major Autumn races. There will be an in-depth analysis of races such as the Cambridgeshire, Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe and Cesarewitch. Please note, the Updates are ONLY AVAILABLE VIA EMAIL (Not Post).

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What The Clients Said:

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5 WINNERS: RIVER TIBER (Advised @ 15/8), PADDINGTON (Advised @ 9/4), DOCKLANDS (Advised @ 14/1), TAHIYRA (Advised @ 4/5), DAWN RISING (2/1)

Quote: RIVER TIBER (Aidan O’Brien) was one of five entries for Ballydoyle at the five day stage and they rely on this unbeaten colt. A 480,000gns purchase, the son of Wootton Bassett blew his six opponents apart when winning by 10 lengths on his first outing at Navan (5.5f : Soft). The form wasn’t strong but Aidan O’Brien’s colt couldn’t have won any easier. Dropped back to five furlongs next time at Naas (Good), he took a while to engage top gear before pulling away inside the final furlong to win by two and a half lengths (fourth has won since). Ireland’s champion trainer has won this nine times and a step up to six furlongs will see him to even better advantage.”Advised @ 15/8 won the Coventry Stakes.

Quote: PADDINGTON (Aidan O’Brien) was acquired for €420,000 as a yearling and he, too, is getting better with every run. Ironically, the Siyouni colt’s only defeat came at Ascot (7f : Good) on his debut in September when finishing eight lengths fifth. The Ballydoyle inmate hasn’t looked back since though winning his maiden at the Curragh (7f : Yielding/Soft) by five lengths around six weeks later. Returning to action in the Madrid Handicap at Naas (7f : Heavy) in late March, he defied a mark of 97 to win comfortably by a length and three quarters. It was a similar story in the Listed Tetrarch Stakes at the Curragh (1m : Soft) when defeating stablemate Drumroll (won since) by a length and a half. Four weeks later, Aidan O’Brien’s colt passed his sternest test to date when winning the Irish 2000 Guineas at the same track (Good) by a couple of lengths from stablemate Cairo. Overcoming a slow start, Ryan Moore’s mount soon found himself in a prominent position and he hit the line hard winning by two lengths. Unbeaten over a mile, he hasn’t raced on good to firm but looked comfortable on good ground last time. He is battle hardened now and the sort to keep on progressing.” Advised @ 9/4 WON the St James’s Palace Stakes.

Quote: GREGORY (Unraced Three Year Olds – John & Thady Gosden) has been bought by Wathnan Racing having been previously owned by Normandie Stud. The Golden Horn colt is out of the Group 2 Park Hill Stakes winner Gretchen and a half-brother to Listed winner Lionel and from the family of stout stayers Duncan and Samuel. Unbeaten in two races, he looked well above average when winning on his debut at Haydock (1m 3.5f : Good) in late April hitting the line hard and scoring by a length and three quarters. He then emulated his older brother by winning the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood (1m 3f : Good) the following month. Despite showing signs of inexperience and not looking comfortable on the track, he warmed to his task and was firmly on top at the finish winning by three lengths. Improving all the time, he is bred to be even better over this trip and is very much shortlist material.” WON the Queens Vase Stakes @ Evens

Quote: DOCKLANDS (Harry Eustace) is proving a bargain buy (£16,000) having built a progressive profile winning 2 of his 4 starts. A colt by Massaat, he was narrowly beaten on his sole outing as a juvenile finishing second at Haydock (7f : Good/Soft) in August. Absent until March (237 days), Harry Eustace’s charge filled the same position behind the unbeaten 109 rated Cicero’s Gift at Wolverhampton (1m). Beaten a length and a half, he got off the mark at Kempton (7f) the following month scoring by a length and a quarter. He then made a mockery of his opening rating of 80 when beating half a dozen rivals by upwards of six and a half lengths at Ascot (1m : Soft) in May. Hayley Turner barely moved a muscle as he sauntered clear. Raised a stone since, his trainer had his first Royal winner with Latin Lover last year and his rider has three Royal victories on her CV – all three have been on the straight course at the track, which she rides particularly well. Fast ground is an unknown but otherwise he has excellent prospects.” Advised @ 14/1 WON the Britannia Stakes @ 6/1

Quote: SAINT LAWRENCE (Archie Watson) is set to have his first run for his new yard having been transferred from Roger Varian. Half-brother to Royal Ascot winner Daahyeh, he hasn’t won since his juvenile career when he scored twice including at Listed level (lost his last 13 starts). Last season he was a length third in the Group 3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket and sixth in the King’s Stand Stakes at the Royal meeting. Gelded in August, he hasn’t shone in his two runs at HQ this spring and has dropped three pounds to a mark of 100 – his lowest since April 2021. On the pick of his form, the son of Al Kazeem is well treated and his course form is 426 – he was runner-up to dual Wokingham winner Rohaan in the Group 3 Pavilion Stakes over C&D as a three year old. It is a case of whether Archie Watson can rekindle his enthusiasm.”WON the Wokingham Stakes @ 22/1

Quote: “The curtain comes down on the meeting with Willie Mullins seeking his fifth win in the race since 2012. The dual winner Stratum will be attempting to win it for a third time and there is every possibility the ten year old will be ridden by Frankie Dettori (his final ride at Royal Ascot). However, the marathon event could go to compatriot DAWN RISING who warmed up for this with a pleasing effort in the Group 3 Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown (1m 6f : Good) last month. The Galileo gelding was making his first appearance since pulling up in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March (63 days). Rated 102 on the Flat and 136 over jumps, the six year old was runner-up in the Group 3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket behind Al Aasy when trained by Aidan O’Brien. He was then off for second year before going jumping for Joseph O’Brien last summer. Twice successful, including a Grade 3 win at Navan (2m 4f : Soft), he was then placed in Grade 1 company at Naas in January. Beaten two and a half lengths at Leopardstown, the J.P.McManus owned gelding had Ascot Gold Cup bound Emily Dickinson behind him. The step up in trip should suit and he can spoil the Italian’s leaving party.” DAWN RISING WON the Queen Alexandra Stakes @ 2/1

Other WINNERS: ANCIENT WISDOM (1/6, 2/1, 5/4), DIEGO VELAZQUEZ (2 wins), FIRST OF MAY (9/4), GOLDEN STRIKE (4/6), LA YAKEL (13/8), NEVER ENDING (5/2), NINETY NINE (13/8), RARE JEWEL (5/4),

Quote: “NINETY NINE finished fourth on her first start at Wetherby this month in a five and a half furlongs fillies’ maiden. A daughter of Dandy Man out of Red Balloons who was a useful performer and Group placed for Fahey, she was only beaten a length and a quarter having made a big mid race move. Oisin Orr’s mount was the quickest during the third and fourth furlongs covering them in 11.09 and 11.04 seconds before her effort slightly flattened out. On this evidence, she will take some stopping next time and is quick enough to drop back to the minimum trip.” WON next time at Hamilton @ 13/8


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Quote: CONTINUOUS (Aidan O’Brien) would be Ballydoyle’s fourth victory in the race, if successful and he is their sole representative. A son of Japanese bred stallion Heart’s Cry, he is rated 112 having won 2 of his 5 starts. An unbeaten juvenile, including a Group 3 contest at Saint-Cloud (1m : Very Soft) in France, he is without a victory in three outings this year. A length and a half third in the Group 2 Dante Stakes at York (1m 2f : Good/Firm) behind The Foxes in May, he could only finish eighth in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly. Three and a half lengths runner-up behind King of Steel in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot (1m 4f : Good/Firm in June, he handles most surfaces and is fresh after a break of 61 days.” WON the Great Voltigeur Stakes @ 4/1

Quote: DRAGON LEADER (Clive Cox) is expected to be ridden by Ryan Moore (10 from 34 for the stable) and the son of El Kabeir is unbeaten in two starts. Purchased for £45,000, he showed a smart turn of foot to win by a length and three quarters on his debut at Salisbury (6f : Good/Firm) in June. He returned to the same track a couple of months later and, having made the running, battled back well to regain the advantage having been headed inside the final furlong. Scoring by a nose, the first two were four lengths clear of the rest. His wins have been gained in field sizes of 7 and 9 and this will be a different proposition. Rated 84, he is open to further improvement though.” WON the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes @ 7/2

Quote: NIGIRI runs here in preference to another entry at Kempton earlier in the week and she, too, is progressing well at present. A 300,000gns yearling, she is a half-sister to Listed winner Encrypted (liked fast ground) and is rated 80. Following three runs, Ralph Beckett’s filly was allocated a mark of 68 and took advantage by winning at Haydock twice by an aggregate of five and three quarters of a length. Those victories were gained over seven furlongs and a mile and is sharpening up all time. It will be a surprise if the Lope De Vega filly hasn’t more to offer. Three year olds have won 7 of the last 9 renewals.” WON @ 5/1

Quote: COLTRANE (Andrew Balding) has won 6 of his 20 starts and is rated 117. Andrew Balding’s six year old won the Melrose Stakes at this meeting in 2020 and was a distant second behind Quickthorn in this event in 2022. A three times scorer last year, including the Ascot Stakes and Doncaster Cup, he looked better than ever when winning the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes at Ascot in the spring by nearly five lengths. He arguably produced a career best when denied by three parts of a length in the Ascot Gold Cup to Courage Mon Ami and wasn’t disgraced in third in the Goodwood Cup. Expect him to run well once again on a track we know he likes.” WON the Lonsdale Cup @ 11/4

Interview with JOE FOLEY, Racing manager for CLIPPER LOGISTICS: WINNERS: FLIGHT PLAN (15/2), INDIAN RUN (17/2)

Quote: INDIAN RUN goes for the Acomb Stakes on Wednesday and we think he will improve significantly by stepping up to seven furlongs. He is a big horse who hit the line hard at Ascot and we are expecting him to continue to progress throughout the season.”WON the Group 3 Acomb Stakes @ 17/2



Quote: Karl Burke has sent out 40 juvenile winners in 2023 and the Spigot Lodge team are looking forward to unleashing the Clipper Logistics owned NIGHT RAIDER. A colt by Dark Angel, he is bred to be quick being a half-brother to James Tate’s Group 3 Palace House Stakes winner Far Above. Entered in the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury, he cost 155,000gns as a foal and, having spoken to the owner’s racing manager Joe Foley on Sunday morning, the colt is held in the highest regard. Don’t miss him on his debut.” WON by 9 lengths on his debut at Southwell (12/12/23) @ 15/8


Quote: “Less than twenty four hours earlier, GHOSTWRITER was arguably even more impressive in the same colours over the same course and distance in a similar event. The Clive Cox trained colt won the second division of another ‘newcomers’ contest in a time of 1m 25.88 seconds compared to 1m 27.75 seconds recorded by See The Fire. Both races were run on ground described as good, although William Buick who rode in each one felt the surface had tightened up by the Saturday. A colt by Invincible Spirit who was bought for 100,000gns as a foal, he impressed in the paddock beforehand and, having led approaching the rising ground, Richard Kingscote’s mount stretched clear to win hard held by three and a half lengths. Ghostwriter covered the fifth and sixth furlongs in 10.94 and 10.96 seconds and looked above average in the process. Out of a dam who was runner-up in the Listed Chester Oaks, he should have no difficulty staying a mile. He doesn’t hold any fancy entries at the moment, but expect that to change shortly. The Haynes, Hanson and Clark Novices’ Stakes at Newbury (22nd September) over a mile, which unearthed Epsom Derby winners Shahrastani and Authorized, could come under consideration, while the Group 3 Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket (28th September) over seven furlongs or Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at the same track two days later may prove to be other realistic assignments.” WON the Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket (30/9/23) @ 100/30

Quote: LETSBEFRANKABOUTIT is another name to remember – there was a strong word for Paddy Twomey’s debutant who held entries in the Gimcrack, Champagne and National Stakes. The draw beat him and it won’t be long before the Sioux Nation colt gain compensation. The County Tipperary based trainer has sent out 8 juvenile winners from only 28 runners and the €240,000 breeze-up purchase is high in the pecking order.” WON a Group 3 next time @ 2/1


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Quote: ACE IMPACT (Jean-Claude Rouget) was bought for €75,000 and is unbeaten in five career starts, including the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly (1m 2f : Good) in June. A three and a half lengths winner, he quickened up smartly inside the final furlong to beat Big Rock who has also finished second in the Prix Jacques Le Marois and Prix du Moulin (both over a mile) since. The Cracksman colt, who began his career at Cagnes-Sur-Mer (1m 2f : AW) in January, was then given a break of 72 days before returning in a Group 2 at Deauville (1m 2f : Good/Soft) in August. A three parts of a length scorer from last year’s Group 1 National Stakes winner Al Riffa, he won snugly under Cristian Demuro (4 from 4) with Jean-Claude Rouget commenting: “Ace Impact is never overwhelmed in his races, it's more that he wants to start fast - heading into the first turn he was pulling quite hard - and Cristian has the job of getting him covered up and to drop the bit. That's why he gets quite a long way back. But with that long home turn at Deauville you can always make the ground up. He pulled himself up a bit once he hit the front. He accelerated very sharply and once he'd gone past, he knew the race was won.” Stablemate Al Hakeem won the same race before finishing fourth in the Arc last year. A winner on heavy and good ground, he tackles the trip for the first time – he is a half-brother to 1m 3f winner Alessandro – and makes his first visit to Longchamp. Rouget and Demuro combined to win the race with Sottsass in 2020 and he will become the first three year old colt to win the prize since Golden Horn (2015), if successful. Best Price: 100/30 (Coral).” WON the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (1/10/23) by a length and three quarters

Quote: GHOSTWRITER (Clive Cox) cost 100,000gns as a foal and is unbeaten in both starts. A colt by Invincible Spirit owned by Jeff Smith, he was an emphatic three and a half lengths winner on his debut at Newmarket (July course – 7f : Good) in August. Stretching away in the closing stages, he readily saw off the 84 rated Run Boy Run. Clive Cox’s runner then followed up at Ascot (7f : Good/Firm) earlier this month. Despite shouldering a six pounds penalty, he picked up well inside the final furlong to win going away by a length and a quarter – the fourth (Military Artist) was an easy winner at Kempton last week. His trainer remarked afterwards: “Ghostwriter is in the Royal Lodge and that'd be our plan. He's shown an ability to handle Newmarket, albeit on the July course, and we just love him. It's great to be having that dream and Plan A. We were really impressed with him first up. He's coped with his penalty well today and I loved the way he stretched away there. He's clearly going to get the mile well and he's progressed mentally, and physically he's getting better all the time.” It will be a surprise if he isn’t even better over this extra furlong. Richard Kingscote, who partnered him on the July course on his debut, is back on board.” WON the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket (30/9/23) @ 100/30

Quote: ROHAAN has been a terrific advert for the training skills of David Evans winning 9 times since being bought out of George Scott’s yard for 20,000gns in October 2020. The Mayson gelding was rated 55 when joining the Monmouthshire handler and the five year old has Group 2 and 3 wins, plus the Wokingham Handicap twice on his CV. Without a victory in eight races this term, his official rating has dipped from 113 to 102 and he has become dangerously well handicapped. There was a lot to like about his performance in the Ayr Gold Cup last week finishing seventh from a disadvantageous draw in stall 25. Berthed widest of all on the stands side, he flashed home under Ben Curtis and was beaten less than two lengths. The first six home were drawn in stalls 14, 12, 8, 13 and 3. Dropped two pounds since, Evans has the option of utilising his declining mark in the Coral Sprint Trophy at York (14th October), although he has disappointed in two previous visits to the track. Alternatively, he could return to his beloved Ascot – his form figures at the Berkshire venue are 11011407.” WON at Ascot (6/10/23) @ 2/1


Quote: There are a couple of Roger Varian debutants to watch out for, too, including MATSURI who is owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum. A chestnut colt by Sea The Stars, he is out of dual Listed winner Along Came Casey and is therefore a half-brother to Group 3 winner Feliciana De Vega. Purchased for 700,000gns as a yearling, he is one for a backend maiden or novice stakes over seven furlongs or a mile. Equally, another Carlburg Stables resident who has yet to hit the track is the Nurlan Bizakov owned QAZAQ. A son of Kingman, he is out of Qabala who won the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes and finished third in the 1000 Guineas for the same connections four years ago. He is bred to be above average.”

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One Jump Ahead

The Top National Hunt Horses To Follow for 2023/2024


Foreword by Nick LUCK, 9 times Broadcaster of The Year

Owners’ Enclosure – Exclusive interview with Rich RICCI

Rich RICCI & racing manager Joe CHAMBERS nominate their horse to follow for 2023/2024

Stable Interviews:

Harry FRY (33 horses featured), Chris GORDON (37), Alan KING, Tom LACEY (23), Donald McCAIN (56), Gary MOORE (40), Olly MURPHY (48), Paul NICHOLLS, Jonjo O’NEILL (45), Nicky RICHARDS (29), Lucinda RUSSELL (57), Dan SKELTON (56) & Jamie SNOWDEN (25).

Quotes from last year’s One Jump Ahead:

Racing manager Joe Chambers on page 53 - LOSSIEMOUTH

“She is a gorgeous filly who we are very excited about. A ten lengths winner on her debut over hurdles at Auteuil in April, she was impressive and there was a lot of demand for her afterwards. She looks sharp and we are hoping she will develop into one of the leading juvenile hurdlers this season.”

LOSSIEMOUTH was a dual Grade 1 winner including the Triumph Hurdle

Gary Moore on page 92 – JUPITER DU GITE:

“A half-brother to Editeur Du Gite, he is a gorgeous horse who was purchased in April having finished third in his only AQPS Flat race earlier the same month. Gelded since arriving, he is a lovely horse who has the option of running in another bumper or going hurdling.”

JUPITER DU GITE won by 15 lengths on his British debut at Newbury (31/12/23) @ 66/1

One Jump Ahead also features the following sections:

The Top 40 Prospects – Last year’s Top 40 Prospects produced 44 winners at a strike-rate of 34%. They included Grade 1 winnersGAELIC WARRIOR, LOSSIEMOUTH & STAY AWAY FAY. 26 of the 40 horses won.

Changing Codes – Flat horses who are set to go hurdling for the first time.

English Pointers– my Racing TV colleague JONATHAN NEESOM picks those horses who raced between the flags in the UK last season and caught his eye. In the last couple of years, Jonathan has highlighted the likes of KING ROLAND, SANTINI and TEA CLIPPER.

French Revolution – one of the most popular sections in OJA, a selection of horses who have being plying their trade in France but have been bought to race in the UK and Ireland this winter. Last year’s article produced 26 winners at a strike-rate of 26%. The selections included Grade 1 winners IMPAIRE ET PASSE, GALA MARCEAU and IRISH POINT.

The feature has unearthed other Cheltenham Festival winners over the years, namely A PLUS TARD, ARAMAX, BURNING VICTORY, DEFI DU SEUIL, EL FABIOLO, the ill-fated Champion Hurdle winner ESPOIR D’ALLEN, KLASSICAL DREAM, QUILIXIOS and SAINT ROI. For the fifth time, triple French Champion jockey JAMES REVELEY has added his comments to the majority of those featured.

Irish Pointers - expert DECLAN PHELAN highlights the pointers to follow from across the Irish Sea who will race under Rules this winter. Last year’s feature yielded 46 winners at an impressive strike-rate of 33%. The latest success stories included Grade 1 winners HERMES ALLEN and INTHEPOCKET.

Unraced Bumper Horses – a selection of highly regarded youngsters who have yet to be seen in public. Last year’s batch featured winning debutants DUNNET HEAD (9/4), JUNTA MARVEL (85/40 & 4/1) and LA MALMASON (5/1), plus exciting prospect FIREFOX (2 wins).

Appendix – a full and comprehensive analysis of the 2 mile chasers, 2m 4f chasers, staying chasers & 2 mile hurdlers

Index – with full page numbers

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I shall be producing 5 One Jump Ahead Updates throughout the 2023/24 National Hunt season. Each Update comprises information about the horses in One Jump Ahead, Ante-Post Advice (recommendations for the major races), Big-Race Previews, News from Ireland from one of the most informed Irish experts Declan Phelan and Significant Sales. Please note, the Updates are ONLY AVAILABLE VIA EMAIL (Not Post).

It is £8 per Update (except £10 for the Cheltenham Festival version and £6 for the February Update) or £40 for ALL 5 via EMAIL.

Summary of the 2022/2023 Updates:

What The Clients Said:

“One Jump Ahead has been a massive success for me again this year. I always go through to pick one or two Cheltenham ante post bets. I picked Lossiemouth this year. £40 win @ 14/1. Paid for my hotel and tickets and travelling and a few bets. Estidama was a nice one as well. You are a genius, keep up the good work.” D.G.

“Congratulations to you on steering everyone towards Lossiemouth in the Triumph Hurdle. Following on from Vauban last year, that is proof lightning does strike twice - I backed both of them at 20/1 thanks to your comments in OJA - Already looking forward to the hat-trick next year.” S.H.

“Thanks yet again Mark. Nice Ante post bets on Lossiemouth contributed to another wonderful Cheltenham Festival. A huge well done to you, Declan and all your contributors.” K.E.

“As usual the recent update has been full of useful information, not just for Cheltenham but way beyond, it's something to refer back to next September/October. Congratulations on digging out Lossiemouth in One Jump Ahead, result was never in doubt.” A.A.

“Well done with El Fabiolo. Pleased to say I got a little bit of 6/1 in November. Great to collect 4 months later. The winnings will pay for my copy of AOTF & Updates.” I.P.

“A note to say thanks on the great work with the February Update, of course including the 12/1 tip on Our Power. A great bit of tipping and a very tasty price that has certainly come at a good time with Cheltenham around the corner. You can’t get them all right but as a follower of yours for many a year now I know you seem to get it right with great regularity.” D.R.

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EL FABIOLO – Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival @ 6/1

Quote: “It has yet to be confirmed the running plans of Cheltenham Festival winners Sir Gerhard and State Man but, in all likelihood, the former will go novice chasing with the latter staying over the smaller obstacles. The novice chaser the team are believed to be most excited about though is EL FABIOLO (6/1 generally) who looks tailormade for the Arkle Trophy. Described as ‘a monster,’ the five year old was compared favourably with the likes of Laurina, Penhill and Saint Roi when winning easily on his Irish debut at Tramore on New Year’s Day. Having missed Grade 1 engagements at the Dublin Racing Festival and Cheltenham, he wore a hood for the first time when an excellent second behind Jonbon in the Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree in April. Stepping up from a maiden hurdle to the highest company, he was hampered at the third last but still got within a neck of Nicky Henderson’s Supreme NH runner-up with 19 lengths back to the third. A comfortable winner at the Punchestown Festival last time, he is all set to go over fences and is expected to be top-class.” WON the Arkle Trophy @ 11/10


Quote: I LIKE TO MOVE IT: “I LIKE TO MOVE IT (Nigel Twiston-Davies) will become the first horse to carry 12st to victory since Leotard in 1993, if successful (Detroit City (2006) & Menorah (2010) shouldered 11st 12lb). A dual winner, the five year old scored three times over hurdles last season, including twice at Cheltenham – won the Grade 2 NH on this day last year. Beaten a short head in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury in February off 138 (four pounds higher now), he was well held in the County Hurdle last time. Best fresh (240 days off), he is unbeaten on his seasonal reappearances (2 from 2) and appreciates decent ground. Eleven 5yo’s have won this race this century and this is likely to have been the plan for some time. Nigel Twiston-Davies won this with Khyber Kim in 2009 and he commented last month: “We’ve got some tasty races for him; the Greatwood Hurdle, the International Hurdle, things like that planned out for him. We’re going for the big races. There was temptation to go chasing with him, but there’s plenty of time. There’s still money to be won with him over hurdles. We attribute his disappointing run at Cheltenham to him just being a five-year-old at the end of his second season – he’d had enough racing by then. A fast run two mile race brings out the best in him, but I’m sure he’ll want further in time. A strongly run race, and he’ll be great. He’s won on everything so ground doesn’t matter.” WON the Greatwood Hurdle by five and a half lengths @ 17/2

Quote: QUEENS GAMBLE: QUEENS GAMBLE (Top 40 – Oliver Sherwood) couldn’t have been more impressive when winning over C&D in April streaking clear to beat 15 rivals by upwards of ten lengths. The form is strong, too, with the second and third winning since, while the fourth (Dollar Bae) looks a winner waiting to happen. The Getaway filly enjoyed the decent ground in the spring and this has been on her agenda for some time. Absent for 163 days, the only concern is the fact her trainer hasn’t had a winner since May – Dj Pete was runner-up at Bangor on the 25th October.” WON the Listed bumper by 8 lengths @ 9/4

Quote: While the majority of National Hunt enthusiasts will be focussing on the first day of the Cheltenham November meeting, a low key seven race card at Southwell rounds off with a 0-105 handicap hurdle (3.40). Jennie Candlish sent out her first winner for 50 days at Newcastle on Thursday and I have been waiting since the spring for TOMMYDAN to run over two and a half miles over hurdles on decent ground and the ex-Irish gelding finally gets the opportunity at the Nottinghamshire track. Previously handled by Debbie Hartnett across the water, his sole victory came on good ground at Clonmel during the summer of 2021. He first came to my attention while working for Racing TV at Carlisle (2m 1f : Good) in March when a staying on second off a mark of 100. Speaking to Sean Quinlan afterwards, he felt the seven year old needed further. Tried a couple of times over fences in late summer/early Autumn, he ran respectably on testing ground at Carlisle last month finishing fifth (wore a visor). Dropped to a mark of 97, I have backed him each-way at 16/1 (Bet365).” Advised @ 16/1 - 2ND at Southwell (11/11/22) beaten three parts of a length @ 12/1


Quote: GA LAW: “Runs in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday and he is in great order at home having schooled well on Wednesday morning. I have been delighted with his preparation and he is in very good form. A Grade 2 winning novice chaser a couple of years ago, he missed the whole of last season due to a leg injury. However, he returned to action at Aintree last month running well in the Old Roan Chase finishing third. We knew he had retained plenty of ability at home and he ran as we had hoped. It was very much a case of using the race as a prep for this weekend and, having made a mistake at the fifth last, he got detached but then stayed on strongly in the homestraight. Good to soft ground is ideal for him.” WON the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham @ 5/1

Quote: PASSING WELL: “A very nice horse who finished runner-up in a bumper at the Punchestown Festival for Robert Tyner before we bought him in May. He is a big gross horse who takes his work well and is a gorgeous individual. The plan is for him to run over hurdles towards the end of November and, then if everything went to plan, aim him at the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury (31st December).” WON on his British debut at Uttoxeter (20/11/22) @ 7/2


Quote: INDIANA DREAM: A most exciting prospect and very much a horse to follow this winter, the J.P.McManus owned son of Cokoriko joined Willie Mullins in the Autumn. Previously owned by Lord Daresbury, the four year old was trained by Emmanuel Clayeux who has been a rich source of winners for Mullins over the years. Half-brother to Grade 2 winning chaser Ebonite, he won his only start in an AQPS Flat race at Fontainebleau (1m 7f : Very Soft) in February. A big imposing gelding, he raced handily before making his move in the homestraight. Pushed along by Gaetan Masure once pulled out, he ran on well to beat Iceberg Du Large (won over hurdles since) by a length and a quarter. The fourth Invincible Nao won over hurdles by nine lengths at Auteuil in April before being sold to Gary Moore / Harry Redknapp for €155,000. Mullins has been impressed with him since arriving and is likely to be suited by two and a half miles over hurdles.”WON on his Irish debut at Fairyhouse (1/1/23) by 15 lengths @ 9/4

Plus: FLAME BEARER (2/5, 11/10, 17/2), FONTAINE COLLONGES (7/2), HIGH DEFINITION (9/2), IMPAIRE ET PASSE (4 out of 4 including twice at Grade 1 level), KILCRUIT (1/5, 11/4), NED TANNER (7/2 & 5/2), RARE MIDDLETON (2/5), TOMMYDAN (10/1)

Quote: FONTAINE COLLONGES: Venetia Williams’ mare held an entry in the Paddy Power Gold Cup on Saturday but the drying ground ruled her out. She remains attractively treated off 132 and her trainer is ready to strike form (no winners this season but 7 seconds during the last fortnight) but I think we will see the ex-French mare at her best when the mud is flying. Look out for when she tackles three miles for the first time, too.”WON at Haydock (3m 1f : Soft) in November @ 7/2

Quote: IMPAIRE ET PASSE (French Revolution): A four year old by Diamond Boy, he has impressed at home since arriving at Closutton with Willie Mullins commentating: “A really nice individual who jumps well and will go novice hurdling. He looks a really nice prospect.” Owned by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, he could be very useful and shouldn’t be missed on his jumping debut.” WON 4 out of 4 including the Grade 1 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham @ 5/2

Quote: “Nick Alexander had only trained one winner this campaign prior to sending out a treble at Ayr at the end of last month. NED TANNER’s chasing debut didn’t quite go to plan at Kelso last Saturday but the Milan gelding ran much better than his finishing position of fourth suggests. A half-brother to the County Hurdle winner Ted Veale, he won twice over hurdles at Kelso and Ayr last season and returned to the former track for his fencing bow. Sent off 11/8 favourite for the three miles novices’ handicap chase, Sean Quinlan’s mount travelled strongly in behind the leaders and was mounting his challenge when blundering at the second last – he may have been unsighted at the fence because Castletown jumped across him. Quinlan wasn’t hard on the six year old thereafter and that kindness is set to be rewarded in the long run. Rated 117, he is likely prove a good bit better than that over fences in time. He stays well and handles soft ground and will be hard to beat on the Scottish circuit this winter.” WON twice at Kelso @ 7/2 & 5/2

Quote: “The lightly raced THANKSFORTHEHELP is a horse I highlighted in the February Update and David Pipe’s youngster ran a cracker when finishing third in a competitive 24 runner handicap hurdle at the Punchestown Festival. Fitted with a tongue tie and racing off a mark of 109, the Martaline gelding is rated 117 in the UK and remains fairly treated. The Pond House team put him in the two miles five handicap hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday but then removed him before the 10am deadline. The five year old has only raced a handful of times and is favourably treated. Speaking to David during a preview for the season for Value Racing Club, he said the grey has strengthened up since last year and returned from his summer holiday in Ireland looking well. There are definitely races to be won with him from a stable who are in excellent form (40 winners already this season compared to 47 for the whole of last term).” WON twice @ 9/2 & 5/4


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Quote: BRAVEMANSGAME (Paul Nicholls) bids to provide the champion trainer with a record breaking thirteenth win in the race. The seven year old has won 5 of his 6 races over fences and is rated 164. A most impressive winner of the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase over C&D on this card twelve months ago, he beat Ahoy Senor by seven and a half lengths. Withdrawn from the Brown Advisory NC at the Cheltenham Festival due to soft/heavy ground, his only defeat over fences came at Aintree in April when seemingly over the top. The former Irish pointer returned in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby and he stayed on strongly to beat Eldorado Allen by three and a half lengths (the fourth Paint The Dream has won by 14 lengths since). Off since (58 days), this has been his main target all season and it is possible he is at his best during the first half of the campaign. A dual Grade 1 winner, his record racing right-handed is 13611.” WON by 14 lengths @ 11/4

Quote: THE BIG BREAKAWAY (Joe Tizzard) is a horse I have always had a lot of time for having been purchased for €360,000 in May 2019 following an impressive win in his only Irish point for Donnchadh Doyle. Fourth in the Grade 1 Ballymore NH and third in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2020 and 2021 respectively, the seven year old was also a close second in the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton. Without a win in four races last season, he reportedly suffered with sore shins but made an encouraging return to action at Haydock last month. Lining up in a competitive three miles handicap chase off a mark of 144, he came off the bridle early on but was back in contention leaving the backstraight on the final circuit. Denied by a head behind Fontaine Collonges, he was conceding twelve pounds to Venetia Williams’ progressive winner. Raised four pounds since, he is unbeaten at the track and his record on soft ground is 114122 (never raced on heavy). Trainer Joe Tizzard commented in the Autumn: “He seems lovely, and we had issues with his shins all of last season that was holding us up and then he didn’t run very well at Kempton. They have been treated and there’s a big pot in him - I could see him running well in a Welsh National or something like that. He gallops all day and the slower pace in those long-distance events would allow him to just lob along. I still rate him highly – he still shows us a lot at home and he’s not an old horse, either.” Speaking last week, Tizzard remarked: “It has been the plan all season and he has come out of the race at Haydock really well, he seems really good. The way he ran at Haydock ticked a lot of boxes – the first circuit wasn’t great but then he seemed to gain his confidence. He ran a blinder and was unfortunate to just get touched off. So next stop is Chepstow which has always been the plan. He is a horse we have always held in high regard and although he hasn’t quite delivered yet, on his day he is a good horse and hopefully this race will work out well for him.” The stable won this with Native River (2016) & Elegant Escape (2018). Best Price: 14/1 (William Hill)” Advised @ 14/1 – finished 2nd




Quote: STAY AWAY FAY: Another cracking young prospect, the winning Irish pointer had his palate cauterized in September and reportedly doesn’t show a great deal at home. However, there was plenty to like about his Rules debut when responding to pressure before winning decisively at Newbury’s Winter Festival last month. Contesting a 2m 4f novice hurdle which Paul Nicholls has won with subsequent Challow Hurdle winners Bravemansgame (2020) and Stage Star (2021), the Shantou gelding was fitted with a tongue tie and was returning from an absence of 355 days. Pushed along before the third last, he picked up strongly on the approach to the final flight before taking over on the run-in. A five lengths winner from Heezer Geezer (won since - Harry Skelton felt it was the strongest novice hurdle he had ridden in all season), the second is rated 129 and they pulled a further ten lengths clear of the 125 rated third. His finishing effort suggested the five year old will be more at home over further and, after contacting the champion trainer last week, it is possible he will head to Kempton (14th January) for a three miles novice hurdle – Nicholls won the race in 2020 & 2021. He is also toying with the idea of aiming him at the Grade 2 River Don Novices’ Hurdle at Doncaster (28th January) a fortnight later. The Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle is expected to be his spring target and, longer term, he will make a lovely staying chaser.” WON the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham @ 18/1

Quote: HERMES ALLEN (Irish Pointers): Paul Nicholls has won the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury (31st December) four times during the last 20 years, including the last two renewals. The Poliglote gelding is expected to be a warm order to ensure the prize returns to Somerset once again. Purchased for £350,000 in December 2021, the five year old has looked smart in both starts under Rules for Team Ditcheat. He made all to win a two miles six maiden hurdle at Stratford during the Autumn by 27 lengths before elevated in class. A month later, the same tactics were employed in a Grade 2 novice at Cheltenham’s November meeting. With the exception of the second last, his jumping was electric and he lengthened away to beat the 131 rated Music Drive by nine lengths. In terms of the best of British middle distance novice hurdlers, the five year old is near the top but Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins (Hubrisko) fielded the second and fourth respectively and neither are anywhere near the summit of their own novice hurdlers, let alone the whole of Ireland. The former pointer will be hard to beat at Newbury but, rather like Bravemansgame in the Ballymore NH a couple of years ago, I fear he will find one or two too good in March. A superb jumper, he is future Brown Advisory NC material.” WON the Grade 1 Challow Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury (31/12/22) @ 11/10


Quote: BENSON: “Purchased for £7,000 during the spring, he has already earned over £25,000 in prize-money finishing runner-up on all three starts since joining us. Having finished second at Carlisle and Haydock, he was narrowly beaten in a competitive handicap hurdle at Aintree’s Becher Chase meeting this month. The handicapper has raised him three pounds since and the plan is to run him in the 0-140 two and a half miles handicap hurdle at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day (3.20). We are still learning about him and, in all likelihood, he will be wearing some headgear next time.” WON at Musselburgh (1/1/23) by 11 lengths @ 2/1 – wore cheekpieces.

Quote: BLUE BALOO: “From the family of Oscar Whisky, she is leased to us by her breeder Stephanie Hanly and she took on the geldings in a newcomers bumper at Ayr in late October running well in fourth. She will contest the mares’ bumper at Newcastle on Boxing Day (3.10) and is a nice filly.” WON the mares’ bumper at Newcastle (26/12/22) @ 10/1


Quote: BALLYBURN looked very smart when winning for team Dennison on their home track at Loughanmore.  This fine big son of Flemensfirth already looks like a Graded track winner in waiting,” WON two bumpers at Punchestown (7/4 & 10/11)

Quote: “Team McManus were smitten by the smooth victory of DOWN MEMORY LANE at Umma: he made light work of modest rivals: a son of Walk In The Park with natural gears, he may prefer nice ground and can make hay in a spring bumper...posted to Gordon Elliott to train.” WON on Rules debut in a bumper at Fairyhouse (25/2/23) by four and a half lengths @ 5/6

WINNERS: DIVERGE (10/11), FUN FUN FUN (9/4), GREY DAWNING (5/4 & 9/2), IMPERIAL MERLIN (7/1), OUTLAW PETER (4/9, 3/1), ZENTA (4/9 & 5/4)

Quote: Kempton’s Boxing Day fixture on Monday rounds off with a competitive looking handicap hurdle over two miles five (3.40). Dan Skelton is set to run the novice GREY DAWNING who doesn’t look overburdened off a mark of 123. The Flemensfirth gelding won both his bumpers at Wetherby last season and was viewed as a potential Graded novice hurdler (see page 130 of One Jump Ahead) at the start of the campaign. Beaten a length and a quarter on his first start over obstacles at Aintree (2m 4f) in November, he then successfully dropped back to the minimum trip at Exeter when beating Lallygag (won since) when in receipt of three pounds. Well clear of the remainder, he will appreciate the return to this longer distance and the track will suit. It will be disappointing if the grey doesn’t prove considerably better than his opening mark.” WON at Kempton (26/12/22) @ 5/4 & Grade 2 Leamington Novices’ Hurdle at Warwick (14/1/23) @ 9/2

Quote: “James Reveley also partnered ZENTA to victory on her hurdles bow at the same track in a Listed mares’ hurdle in September and the triple French champion jockey was impressed. The Pastorius filly was also trained by Mele and she had finished six and a half lengths third on the Flat at Clairefontaine (1m 4f : Good/Soft) in early August. Switched to hurdles, she was patiently ridden before making her move turning for home. Switched to the stands’ side, she produced a big jump at the second last and hitting the front soon afterwards. Driven out to win by a length and a half, her rider stated: I pressed the "turbo" button and she accelerated to win very easily. She is a professional filly.The sixth has won since.” WON twice including the Grade 1 4YO Hurdle at Aintree (13/4/23) @ 5/4


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Quote: “The Coral Trophy Handicap Chase at Kempton (25th February) has attracted 35 entries. At first glance, there appears to be no shortage of front runners, namely Annsam, Black Gerry, Bobhopeornohope and Remastered amongst others. At the time of writing, the weights haven’t been published but former King George winner Frodon will carry top weight off with his rating of 161, if given the go-ahead by Paul Nicholls. The entry which appeals most is OUR POWER who finished third in the race twelve months ago. Formerly trained by Christian Williams, Alan King and Nigel Twiston-Davies, the Dai Walters owned gelding joined Sam Thomas at the start of last season and he won twice at Wincanton and Huntingdon and is well suited by flat, right handed tracks. Beaten eight and a quarter lengths off 136 last year, he didn’t get the clearest of runs turning for home and nodded on landing at the last. Charlie Deutsch’s mount crossed the line with plenty more to give and he looked better than ever when winning on his reappearance in a Grade 3 handicap chase at Ascot in October. A two lengths scorer off 136, he led after the last and won going away by two lengths from Danny Kirwan. The Power gelding was due to contest the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in late November but was a late withdrawal. Absent since, he will arrive fresh and we know he goes well following a break. Five pounds higher than his Ascot victory, Our Power boasts decent course form (3353) and, while he handles soft ground, he is more at home on good or good to soft ground. Having only raced seven times over fences, he is open to further improvement especially over this trip (31). If Frodon runs off top weight with 11st 12lb, Sam Thomas’ runner will carry 10st 6lb. He is available at 12/1 (Bet365, Coral, Paddy Power, Unibet).”Advised @ 12/1 won the Coral Trophy Handicap Chase at Kempton (25/2/23) @ 11/2


Quote: The O’Leary’s also bought a selection of well bred stores last year. Arguably their most exciting purchase was BRIGHTERDAYSAHEAD, a four year old filly by Kapgarde out of Matnie. She was bought for €310,000 at the Tattersalls Derby Sale last summer and is a half-sister to dual Grade 1 winner Mighty Potter. She is believed to be in training with Gordon Elliott and is one to watch out for in a mares’ bumper during the second half of the season.” WON 2 out of 2, including on her debut at Gowran Park (18/2/23) by 13 lengths @ 2/1

Quote: PREDATORS GOLD is also stationed at Closutton and he is an unraced four year old by Masked Marvel. The French bred cost €100,000 at the Goffs Land Rover Sale last year and is out of Shabby Gold. He is a half-brother to Le Ribardon who won 19 times in France.” WON the valuable Goffs Defender Bumper at the Punchestown Festival (25/4/23) @ 4/1

Quote: SPECULATRIX is another four year old filly to keep an eye on. A daughter of No Risk At All, she is out of Scorpio Queen who won on her racecourse debut for Nicky Henderson. Bought for €115,000 at the Goffs Land Rover Sale by Gordon Elliott on behalf of the O’Leary’s, she has Samro and Sound Man amongst others in her pedigree.” WON on her debut in a bumper at Punchestown (22/2/23) @ 4/6

Quote: “Gigginstown’s renewed spending spree continued throughout 2022 and they paid £280,000 for the winning pointer WHAT’S UP DARLING at the Cheltenham December Sale. A gelded son of Shirocco, he is a full-brother to Ben Pauling’s useful chaser Your Darling and he raced twice for John Costello. Having unseated his rider at the second last on his debut at Dromahane last spring, he made amends in no uncertain terms at Quakerstown a few days before going through the sales ring. A thirteen lengths winner under Conor Costello, his trainer said: “This is a really nice horse who is owned by my wife Grainne. She picked him out herself and he is the first horse since Florida Pearl to carry her colours. This horse was running a big race on his debut at Dromahane last season when he would have been placed.” In training with Gordon Elliott, he is considered a top-class horse in the making according to those at Cullentra and is one to watch out for on his Rules debut, which is likely to be in a bumper shortly.” WON by 6 lengths at Tipperary (4/5/23) @ 3/1


Quote: BANGERS AND CASH: “A progressive young chaser who has won twice this season, including the Lincolnshire National at Market Rasen on Boxing Day. His ability has never been an issue, it has been more a case of letting him do things in his own time. Even at Market Rasen, he was still green and will only improve with racing. Long-term, I view him as a Welsh National type but more immediately he runs in the Masters Handicap Chase at Sandown on Saturday (3.30). Depending on how he performs, we might consider the Eider Chase at Newcastle (25th February) or the Midlands National at Uttoxeter (18th March). The Highland National at Perth (28th April), which we won with Slipway last season, is another option. Still maturing, he is developing into a lovely staying chaser.”WON at Taunton (13/3/23) @ 6/1

Quote: THE JUKEBOX MAN: “Another very nice young horse we purchased at the Goffs UK Tingle Creek Sale at the end of last year. A six lengths winner of his Irish point, he achieved a high rating in the process and he didn’t cost the earth due to his confirmation. He is a sound horse though who goes nicely at home. He will want a trip in time but isn’t slow. A lovely individual, he will make his debut in a bumper shortly and I am expecting him to run well.”WON at Ffos Las (9/4/23) @ 3/1


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Quote: GALOPIN DES CHAMPS (Willie Mullins) won his only race for Arnaud Chaille-Chaille in France before joining Willie Mullins. The Timos gelding won the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival before registering his first Grade 1 win at the Punchestown Festival. Sent chasing last term, the seven year old looked even better winning three of his four starts with his only defeat coming when falling after the last in the Turners Novices’ Chase with the race in safe keeping. Grade 1 wins either side of that at Leopardstown and Fairyhouse have been added to in two outings this campaign. A thirteen lengths winner of the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Fairyhouse (2m 4f), he successfully returned to three miles in the Irish Gold Cup at the DRF at Leopardstown. Pulling away after the last, Paul Townend’s mount beat stablemate Stattler by eight lengths and it took the champion jockey some time to pull up his partner afterwards. Unbeaten over three miles (2 from 2 with wins by 12 and 8 lengths), it will be a surprise if he doesn’t stay further – in fact, it is expected to bring about even more improvement. His record at Grade 1 level is 611F111. Cheltenham Gold Cups are invariably won by classy chasers nowadays who have the speed for shorter trips – Kauto Star, Sizing John and A Plus Tard were Grade 1 winners over two miles – and the Mullins trained superstar fits that bill.”WON the Cheltenham Gold Cup @ 7/5

Quote: IMPAIRE ET PASSE (French Revolution – Willie Mullins) was an impressive winner of a bumper at Nancy (1m 4f : Soft) in France when trained by Yannick Fouin in March last year. Subsequently bought for €155,000 at an online sale 10 days later, he has quickly established himself as an exciting prospect winning twice over obstacles for Willie Mullins. An eighteen lengths scorer at Naas (2m 3f) in December, he stretched away in the homestraight and was elevated in class soon afterwards. The Diamond Boy gelding then provided Ireland’s champion trainer with his ninth victory in the Grade 2 Sky Bet Moscow Flyer NH at Punchestown (2m) in mid January. Jumping fluently, Paul Townend’s mount led before the last and then pulled clear on the run-in to beat the 131 rated mare The Model Queen by six and a half lengths conceding seven pounds (the third was runner-up in a Listed mares’ NH next time). While he is blessed with plenty of speed, the return to this longer distance shouldn’t be an issue.”WON the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle @ 5/2

Quote: LOSSIEMOUTH (Top 40 – Willie Mullins) has looked a class act this winter and was unlucky not to maintain her unbeaten record at Leopardstown last time having been badly hampered by a stablemate in the backstraight. A ten lengths winner at Auteuil (Very Soft) last spring when under the guidance of Yannick Fouin, the daughter of Great Pretender produced two impressive victories in Graded company at Fairyhouse (both on soft ground) and Leopardstown in December. A four lengths scorer in a Grade 3 on her Irish debut, the Rich and Susannah Ricci owned filly had subsequent dual Grade 2 winner Comfort Zone back in third. She then comfortably saw off the challenge of the aforementioned Gala Marceau conceding three pounds at Leopardstown three weeks later in Grade 2 company. Sent off 1/3 in the Grade 1 at the DRF (Yielding), Paul Townend elected to sit in behind the leaders on the rail and found himself stuck in traffic when the same owner’s Jourdefete was on the retreat. That allowed the leaders, including her old rival Gala Marceau to get first run with Townend forced to bring his mount around the whole field. Beaten two and a half lengths, she pulled ten lengths clear of the third. Willie Mullins felt she had an unduly hard race, but she has had nearly six weeks to recover and she reportedly worked very well at the beginning of the week.”WON the Triumph Hurdle @ 11/8

Quote: IROKO (Olly Greenall & Josh Guerriero) ran two promising races in France when trained by Emmanuel Clayeux finishing fourth behind the aforementioned Icare Allen in a bumper (1m 4f) and then runner-up over hurdles at Auteuil (2m 2f) – that form worked out well with the first, third, fifth and seventh winning subsequently. Acquired by J.P.McManus and sent to Cheshire, the Cokoriko gelding raced twice in Graded company over two miles last term. While not disgraced in either the Grade 1 Finale Hurdle at Chepstow or the Grade 2 Adonis Hurdle at Kempton, he wasn’t quick enough for two miles. Stepped up in distance and sent handicapping, the five year old has shown progressive form winning twice at Wetherby (2m 3f) on good and soft ground off marks of 121 and 128. He was particularly impressive last time when scoring by 14 lengths and his jockey Kevin Brogan was reportedly very taken by him. Raised ten pounds since, I have spoken to a contact within the yard of Olly Greenall and Josh Guerriero, who have had an excellent campaign with 51 winners, and they want to save him for Aintree but his owner is keen to run at the Festival. James Reveley rode him at Auteuil and liked him a lot. His best form is on flat tracks but he was fourth at Chepstow staying on as a juvenile hurdler. His record on soft ground is 4241. The softer the ground, the better his chance.”WON the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle @ 6/1

Quote: YOUR WEAR IT WELL (Jamie Snowden) brings the strongest form into the contest having finished less than five lengths behind Hermes Allen in the Grade 1 Challow NH at Newbury (2m 4f : Soft) on New Year’s Eve. The form has worked out particularly well with the fourth, fifth and sixth winning since (plus Crambo (twice) and Thomas Mor, who both pulled up, have also scored subsequently). Successful in her other three runs over hurdles, the daughter of Midnight Legend won a Grade 2 mares’ hurdle at Sandown (2m 4f : Good/Soft) by seven and a half lengths last time – Love Envoi won the same event en route to glory here. The drop in distance may not be ideal but the New course will suit with more emphasis on stamina. Jamie Snowden remarked on the Value Racing Club preview on Friday evening: “We were a bit concerned about dropping her back to two miles on dry ground but now the rain has arrived, she should be fine. I love her and she has done nothing wrong throughout her career. I thought she was impressive at Sandown and the form of her Challow Hurdle run couldn’t have worked out any better. She is in great form at home.” WON the mares’ novice hurdle @ 16/1


Quote: “STAGE STAR (Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase (Wednesday) or Turners Novices’ Chase (Thursday)): “A Grade 1 winning novice hurdler, his form fell apart during the second half of last season. We operated on his wind during the summer and that has made a difference. Having won well on his chasing debut at Warwick, he didn’t jump well next time at Newbury and I think he hated the fast ground. It was a different story on slow ground at Plumpton and Cheltenham on his next two starts and he jumped brilliantly. Rated 152, we have a couple of options this week and he could run in the Brown Advisory over three miles, if the ground is decent. I certainly wouldn’t be afraid to go for the longer trip, especially on good ground. He is not quite as forward in his coat as Bravemansgame, but I am still pleased with him.” WON the Grade 1 Turners Novices’ Chase at 15/2

Quote: STAY AWAY FAY (Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Friday)): “Won an Irish point and we gave him plenty of time and, once again, it has made a huge difference. He won well on his hurdles debut at Newbury and should have followed up in the Grade 2 at Doncaster last time. Narrowly beaten in second, things didn’t work out because he didn’t get any daylight and never saw a hurdle that day. He is rated 136 and I view him as a 150 horse one day. He goes for the Albert Bartlett on Friday and, while he lacks experience, there is a lot more to come from him and I think he is worth a bet because he is a huge price. I am excited about seeing him over fences next season.” WON the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle @ 18/1

Plus: Friday 17th March – NEWCASTLE (5.45)

Quote: “William Haggas believes the twice raced ESTIDAMA is favourably treated and the four year old has the opportunity to prove it in the ten furlongs handicap at Gosforth Park on Friday. Her trainer commented: “Nice filly who is well handicapped off a mark of 78, she won on her debut at Southwell last Autumn. Runner-up next time behind Al Agaila at Kempton, she was conceding seven pounds to the winner who has followed up in her next two starts and is rated 92. She will run at Lingfield on Good Friday (7th April) and we are hoping to gain some black type at some stage.” WON at Newcastle @ 9/4



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Quote: BANBRIDGE (Joseph O’Brien) was ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival due to soft ground and therefore arrives fresh (68 days). The seven year old won the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last season off a mark of 137. Three weeks later, he was sent off 5/2 favourite for the Grade 1 Sefton NH at this meeting but ran flat and trailed in a well beaten twelfth. Sent chasing this Autumn, he jumped well at Gowran (2m 4f) before winning by eight and a half lengths. Joseph O’Brien’s charge then beat Tommy’s Oscar in a Grade 2 novice chase at Cheltenham (2m : Good) in November. A distant third behind Mighty Potter in the Grade 1 Drinmore NC at Fairyhouse (2m 4f : Soft), the conditions were too slow for the Doyen gelding. A staying on second behind El Fabiolo in the Grade 1 Irish Arkle at Leopardstown (2m 1f) in February, he will appreciate the return to this longer trip. His record over 2m 4f is 4113 and the key to him is the ground – his form figures on good/good to yielding/good to soft are 14110112. His record at Grade 1 level is 032. Ireland won the race in 2015 courtesy of Clarcam – they are 1 from 10 overall.”WON the Grade 1 Manifesto Novices’ Chase @ 2/1

Quote: DANCING ON MY OWN (Henry De Bromhead) hasn’t won since October 2021 and has only been successful in 2 of his 15 starts. However, it should be pointed out he spent 687 days on the sidelines between November 2019 and October 2021. Good fresh (89 days), the nine year old ran an excellent race in this last year (Good/Soft) finishing two and a half lengths second off a mark of 141 (three pounds higher now). He attempted to make all producing some spectacular leaps in the process until being collared approaching the final fence. Well held in two starts this season at Fairyhouse, his best performances have come on left-handed tracks (234P161302) and this is likely to have been the plan for the whole season. Henry De Bromhead won the race in 2019 with Moon Over Germany and racing handily in this from the outset isn’t usually a bad thing. Rachael Blackmore (234P41) rides him for the first time since October 2019. With the weights rising by six pounds, he now carries 11st 10lb (has carried 12st to victory) – Fota Island shouldered the same weight when successful in 2005.”WON the Red Rum Chase @ 15/2

Quote: ZENTA (Christmas Special – Willie Mullins) brings a similar profile to the 2016 winner Apple’s Jade (ex-French filly trained at Closutton who was placed in the Triumph Hurdle on her previous start). The daughter of Pastorius finished third over a mile and a half on her sole outing on the Flat before sent jumping by Daniela Mele. A winner over 2m 2f in a Listed mares’ hurdle at Auteuil in late September, she was bought soon afterwards by J.P.McManus. While her jumping left something to be desired on her Irish debut, she proved too good in a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse (2m : Yielding)beating Hypotenus by three lengths. She then took her chance in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham and ran a cracker to finish third behind stablemate Lossiemouth. Beaten two and a half lengths, she moved strongly through the contest and looked a big threat between the final two flights. Provided the Mullins filly is in similar form here, she will take plenty of beating and could prove a class above this opposition.”WON the Grade 1 4YO Hurdle @ 5/4


Quote: CORACH RAMBLER: Runs in the Grand National on Saturday (5.15) and is in great form. While it is not ideal running at the Cheltenham Festival only a month before, we wanted to give him another run and he produced a very good performance to win the Ultima Handicap for a second consecutive year. Ten pounds well in compared to the future, Scu (Peter Scudamore) feels he has improved since and his preparation has gone smoothly. If he takes to the fences, and I don’t see any reason why he won’t, then he goes there with every chance. We have built some National type fences at home and he has had a school over those, which has gone well. He is a smart horse who finished fourth in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury earlier this season and this has always been his target. Our previous winner One For Arthur was a bigger horse and a relentless galloper, whereas Corach has more of a turn of speed. Their running styles are similar though because they both liked to come off the pace. He is effective on most types of ground.” WON the Grand National @ 8/1

Quote: APPLE AWAY: Bought at the Cheltenham April Sale nearly a year ago having won an Irish point, she has developed into a useful novice hurdler. A three times winner this season, including a Listed mares’ novice hurdle at Doncaster last month, her target is the Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree on Friday (4.40). We won the race with Ahoy Senor a couple of years ago and Haut Estime was third last season. Indeed, she is similar to the latter in that she stays very well and is a strong traveller. In many respects, she reminds me of Brindisi Breeze, too. A relentless galloper, she gets on well with Derek (Fox) and we have been pleased with her since Doncaster. Good to soft ground is ideal.” WON the Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle @ 16/1

Quote: GIOVINCO: He ran in three Irish points winning in November before we bought him at the Cheltenham December Sale. He has taken well to hurdles, too, winning both his starts at Ayr and Carlisle last month. Quite an edgy sort, he is a bit of a worrier and has needed his confidence building. However, he is going the right way and is ready for a step up in grade. It is all about gaining experience and we are going to run him in the Listed novice hurdle at Perth (26th April). Despite the fact both his wins over hurdles have been over two and a half miles, Scu thinks he is a three miler in the making. He is another very nice horse to look forward to over fences in the future.” WON Listed novice hurdle at Perth (26/4/23) by 12 lengths @ 10/1

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