Wednesday, 7 October 2015

National Hunt Season begins to take shape

With the flat season beginning to wind down our thoughts begin to switch to the winter game and this week, when perusing the National Hunt entries, we have started to see some familiar names.

Over the coming months I will be concentrating on the Paul Nicholls and Dan Skelton stables in an effort to find some winners from the information I have amassed.

Certainly from the Nicholls stable prices are likely to be on the "skinny" side so I will try and get posts out the day before when possible.

Tomorrow Paul Nicholls runs two at Exeter and they are :

4.40 Exeter
Runners: 8
Distance: 2m175y
Going: Good 
Background : Joined the stable after winning a 1m 4f bumper in the French provinces. Big and backward, he was given plenty of time to mature and grow before he ran with promise on his stable debut in a 3 runner bumper in November 2014.
Last Season : Ran 4 times last season culminating in an impressive win at Newton Abbot in a Class 5 Maiden Hurdle 18.5f Good.
Trainers Comments :
20Apr15 Newton Abbot 18.5 Gd 
"As long as the ground does not get to fast it´s possible that Abdijan will have another run this spring. I think the step up in trip helped him there".
Targets : N/A
In Summary : This may well be his last run in a Novice. He likes decent ground, should be ok with the trip but may want further in time. Rated 123 so may well end up in a handicap before too long or switch to chasing.

4.05 Exeter
Runners: 5
Distance: 3m 54y
Going: Good
Background : Joined the stable after his second win in an Irish point to point in May 2014.
Last Season : Ran twice winning a Class 5 Maiden Hurdle at Worcester over 2m 7f Soft before being stepped up to Class 2 at Ascot where he was pulled up two out after losing touch. He has since been operated on re his wind.
Trainers Comments :
"He has the real look of a future staying chaser. Won the second of his two Irish point-to-points, shaping as if stamina will be his strong suit, and kept on well when winning at Worcester last month. We may step him up in grade in the 3m staying novice hurdle at Cheltenham's December meeting". 10/11/2014
"He is a lovely ride - he switched off and jumped well. You wouldn´t be afraid to drop him back in trip with the way he showed a lot of toe up the straight. I only had to give him a couple of slaps. He is a chaser for the future and you could imagine him in the Welsh Grand National in a couple of years". - Sam Twiston-Davies, jockey 09/10/14
Targets : N/A
In Summary : Starts his chasing career at a realistic level and this winner of an Irish point to point should have no problems staying this trip and may get back on the winning trail following his wind op.

Both horses are very short in the betting and on this occasion no bet.


  1. With these young novice hurdlers a few notes on the breeding, and a comment on the purchase price would be helpful. It would give an insight as to why the horse is a new addition to the stable of the top jump trainer in the UK

  2. Thanks for your comment.
    Whilst further notes on breeding etc are helpful its information that is already available on the Racing Post website, however I will put one or two notes on in order to compare respective ratings.
    What I'm essentially trying to do is to provide some "snippets" of information that are not on the RP website.