Yes it’s that time of year again, October, when the National Hunt Season get’s underway & we look ahead to the winter jumps calendar with the grand finale in March & April.
Our followers on Twitter have kindly sent in their horses to follow along with the AOLR Team….
Luca Viscogilosi – @TalksLuca
Do Your Job
Age: 8yo gelding
Trainer: Michael Scudamore
This strapping son of Fame And Glory just got better and better as the season progressed. A winner on chasing debut, (Champion Chaser Edwardstone fell that day) Do Your Job bumped into Edwardstone in The Wayward Lad and the talented Third Time Lucki in The Lightning Novice Chase at Doncaster in subsequent starts. A drop down in grade at Newcastle in February was just the confidence booster before skipping around Ayr beautifully in The Future Champions Novice Chase On Scottish Grand National day.
Do Your Job’s novice hurdle form was just as classy as his peak chase form. Finishing in behind the likes of long time Gold Cup hopeful My Drogo and former smart hurdler Belfast Banter.
I’ve been a big fan of Do Your Job, it’s evidently clear that he’s maturing and he’s definitely a horse to keep on the right side of this season.
Paul Rhodes – @aobrienfansite
Name – Tag Man
Age – 6yo
D.O.B – 19 May 2016
Trainer – Henry De Bromhead
Owner – R S Brookhouse
Pedigree – Fame And Glory x Annie Spectrim
Breeder – John Mounsey
Race Career – 3 Starts 1 Win 1 Place
Race Form – This gelding has rock solid form he finished 3rd behind Redemption Day in a bumper at Leopardstown during the Christmas festival in 2021. Redemption Day went on to become the horse that put bumper superstar Facile Vega under the most pressure he has faced in his career thus far finishing just over a length behind him in the Punchestown Champion I.N.H. Flat Race Grade 1 last April. Tag Man
got off the mark at the 3rd attempt when comfortably dispatching his rivals including the odds on favourite.
James’s Gate (4/9) in a bumper during the Punchestown festival on April 28th worth 135,000 Euro. James’s Gate was 3rd in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival behind the already mentioned Facile Vega. Tag Man beat James’s Gate by over 13 lengths. His form lines stack up very
nicely indeed. – Henry De Bromhead Comments after Tag Man’s Race Win. – “I’m delighted with that and mainly delighted for owner Roger Brookhouse. Roger hasn’t been racing for a couple of years and it’s brilliant that he’s here and great to get a winner for him here. we went to buy the horse that beat him
(Amarillo Sky), in his point-to-point, but couldn’t buy and the next thing he said ‘what about this guy’ so we got him. He’s a real galloping horse and fair play to Davy, he gave him a super ride. He’s a key member of our team and I’m delighted for him.”
Pedigree Spotlight – By Fame And Glory who is the only horse ever trained by Aidan O’Brien to win Group 1 races at 2,3,4 & 5 what a huge loss he is to the sport.
His Dam Annie Spectrim is the unraced Daughter of Spectrim who is the sire of such horses like Golan & Tartan Bearer. Tag Man was her 5th foal siblings include multiple race winners Beat The Odds & It’s All About Me.
Possible 2022/23 Targets – He’s obviously not a young horse he is 6 and will turn 7 before the end of the season. Most bumper horses are 4 o 5 years of age so could got straight into Novice Chases but obviously Novice Hurdling is also an option. He is certainly one for the notebook what ever route he
takes as he will be coming into the season completely under the radar.
Martaline X Matnie 5yo gelding
Trainer – Gordon Elliott
Burst onto the scene with his victory at Punchestown he then looked a great outside bet at Cheltenham before all the preliminaries seemed to get the better of him he never travelled and pulled up.
He confirmed early promise with a brilliant victory at the Punchestown festival.
He goes chasing and could look to have all the options available, he has the pace for 2m but looks an outstanding proposition for longer races, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the Turners novice chase come March.
Jamie Brownlow – @BROWNLOWJ74
COPSHILL LAD 4yr Old gelding
Trainer – Milton Harris
Form: 1 Bumper
This lovely grey gelding came from the Cheltenham Tattersalls sales. This is the son of the Racing Post Trophy and St Leger winner Kingston Hill. In which I’m sure he’s got plenty of stamina in his pedigree. Also he has ability in which he showed, when he won at Stratford in a bumper race. Where he won by 2 lengths plus, beating The Kniphand by ease in the race.
For this upcoming season he will have one more bumper run. Then we should see him racing over hurdles. Milton Harris is very pleased the way he’s doing over hurdles. Going to be Interesting how he will progress.
He is definitely the one to watch in my opinion.
Jamie has his own blog – https://brownlowjblog.wordpress.com
Jamie – @Glen_Colt
Imperial Merlin (5yo Gelding)
Trainer: John Quinn
I have been hearing good things about Imperial Merlin and after watching a replay of his bumper win at Sedgefield I am going to name him as my jumps horse to follow for the 2022/23 season. John Quinn’s charge, a son of Kalanisi made a solid start to his racing career with a promising second in what looked to be a decent bumper. It was a less competitive affair next time out for Imperial Merlin as he got the job done readily at Sedgefield, beating three rivals. It wasn’t a great race but Imperial Merlin retains that untapped potential. He looks to be another promising sort for the owners made famous by 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Imperial Commander. To my eye it looks like he will make a fine novice hurdler over 2m – 2m 4f.
I’m looking forward to seeing him out on track soon.
Rich – @FunkyAOL
Gentleman At Arms – Reliable Man X Sworn Sold 5yo gelding.
Trainer – Stuart Edmonds
Owner – D&B Partnership
Former flat horse, who was rated 80 when moving from Harry Dunlop in 2021. He has had 6 hurdle runs for Stuart Edmonds, winning twice & finishing runner up on 3 other occasions. The 5yo gelding won a pair of class 4 novice hurdle over 2m 3f & 2m 4f, along with a 2nd place in the Grade 2 Leamington novice hurdle(2m 5f) at Warwick, He has also finished 2nd in a Class 1 Listed 2m 3f novice hurdle at Huntingdon & he was also runner up in the 3m Grade 1 Sefton novice hurdle at Aintree on his final start back in April.
He is rated 143.
I expect this lad to win a few races & have some big entries as the season progresses, hopefully he can pick up a Graded race or two during the season…
Chris – @pricey_88
Charlie – @Cmcgreevey
Neil Watson – @WattyRacing
Lutinebella – 6yo Bay Mare
Trainer – Fergal O’Brien.
I’m a firm believer in picking out horses that you have seen on the track with your own eyes, let’s face it, anyone can pick out an odds on maiden hurdle winner for one of the big Irish trainers and say it’s the next big thing, but for me I’m going with a horse I’ve actually witnessed run in the flesh.
I saw Lutinebella back in February at Warwick when at the fourth time of asking she broke her duck in a 2m bumper, under the tutelage of Paddy Brennan who rides plenty for Fergal O’Brien she made all gradually winding the pace up to go on and score by four and three quarter lengths.
That wasn’t a particularly strong race but connections felt vindicated to try their luck in the Grade 2 Nickel Coin Mares race at the Grand National Meeting on the opening day where in defeat she ran an absolute screamer bellying her 50-1 odds to finish third behind a Willie Mullins hotpot who got many punters out of jail to give them some spends in Liverpool’s bars and restaurants after the race.
All being well she looks set to go hurdling this term and with three of her five starts coming at Warwick it would be no shock to see her start out at that venue to begin with and with black type already attained I can see her picking some more up during the season from her shrewd cake loving trainer.
Ursa Major Racing – @URSAMA
5yo Chestnut Gelding (Notnowcato x Georgina Valleya (King’s Theatre))
Trainer – Mark Walford
Owner – Ursa Major Racing
Carrarea has been snapped up by Ursa Major and Mark Walford after a very promising 18 months with Grand National winning trainer Emmet Mullins. A winner of two bumpers, Carrarea hasn’t broken his maiden over hurdles, but was beaten only a neck behind Gordon Elliottt’s Country Queen before being sold in early September.
Walford has been enjoying a fine summer with 11 winners from 41 jumps runners and 12 flat winners. Hopes are high that the switch will see Carrarea come into his own over timber in the north this winter. He’s still progressing at just 5 and has been impressing in his home work.
A reproduction of his recent form should see him adding to his tally sooner than later and he will be out early.
To get involved with Ursa Major Racing – http://www.ursamajorracing.com
Samantha Martin – @sam_angelina22
Il Etait Temps
Trainer – Willie Mullins
Il Etait Temps is a grey son of Jukebox Jury and he ran twice in France in AQPS National Hunt flat races, finishing fifth and second. On both occasions, he seemed to get outpaced at the mile and a half trip. He moved to Willie Mullins’ yard and was thrown in the deep end dramatically, debuting over hurdles at the Dublin Racing Festival in the grade one juvenile hurdle. He was keen at times and travelled well enough on the rail.
He did a brilliant job to finish third. Next, he headed to the Triumph Hurdle, flattening the first obstacle and running keen. He hung into the second last and Danny Mullins delivered Il Etait Temps at the last but he once again finished behind Vauban. It was the same situation at Punchestown when Vauban and Fil Dor were given a massive lead by the other four riders, who had absolutely no chance of catching them.
Il Etait Temps was outbattled by the colt, HMS Seahorse, and finished fourth. This horse is still a novice and these three runs in grade one company will put him in an excellent position, ready for the early season graded races against novices with much less experience.
Chris – @TheDawnApproach
Exciting News (3 year old bay filly)
Trainer – Michael Bell
Exciting News is a juvenile hurdler for the Skelton yard. She was in my flat horse tracker after an eye catching run on debut at Wetherby in April of this year. Trained by Michael Bell she did not manage to break her maiden on the flat in 4 runs over the Summer at around a mile but it’s notable that she has been switched to the Skelton’s and has already started her hurdling campaign with a win at Market Rasen. She runs in the colours of the Gradley’s who have had a number of very good juvenile hurdlers over the years including Allmankind.
She may not be a Grade 1 horse but I can see her winning a number of races this season maybe even end up being a Fred Winter candidate in March
There you go, potentially 12 horses to add to your tracker for the new National Hunt season, could we see a Grade 1 winner from them? Only time will tell.
A BIG thanks to everyone for their contributions.
Published – October 2022