Following on from the success of the 2020/21 National Hunt Horses to follow page, with our friends & followers from Twitter, we are delighted to present the 2021/22 season of National Hunt horses to follow…..

We have plenty of winners last season & as we all know, it’s a long, hard season with the aim to find winner’s all throughout the season & not just the BIG festivals in March & April….
Seeing the horses progression is key.….

Uttoxeter Racecourse

Samantha Martin – @sam_angelina22

Do Your Job
7yo Bay Gelding (Fame And Glory x Full Of Birds (Epervier Bleu))
Trainer – Michael Scudamore
Owner – Mark Dunphy

Do Your Job had his first start for Michael Scudamore in February 2020 and he was a good second. In October, he won two races, before running admirably to be second in a Haydock listed race and fourth in the Tolworth. Connections chose to give him a wind operation after that and he wore a tongue strap when finishing a brilliant second to the talented My Drogo.
They bypassed Cheltenham in favour of the two-mile Aintree grade one hurdle, where he ran an excellent race to be a staying on second.
The future for Do Your Job looks to be a bright one and we’ll be seeing him over a fence this season.

Paul Nicholls – Champion Trainer

Steve MacLeod – @Stevortcc

Shallwehaveonemore
Trainer -Gary Moore
Owner – Steven Packham

Connections of Goshen look to have have another useful 2 miler on their hands, easily put the opposition to bed in a Kempton bumper in March, scooting clear under hands and heels.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the Supreme come March.

Aintree 2021


Impulsive One
Trainer – Nicky Henderson
Owners – Simon Munir and Isaac Souede.

Defied a drift in the market when successful at Plumpton on Hurdles debut, Rated 81 for William Haggas on the flat.
Jumped with fluency and easily put the race away from the last, flying clear up the hill to win by 12 Lengths eased down.


Lynda Auldston – @LAuldston

Dark Raven – Malinas x Mary Wilkie
Trainer – Willie Mullins,
Owned – Simon Munir & Isaac Souede.

This son of Malinas has made it to the race course, with appearances in bumpers winning on both occasions.
He made his race course debut in March 2021 when winning at Leopardstown by 7 1/2 lengths, his winning time was nearly 6 seconds faster than the course average. His second run and win was more visually impressive when winning by 11 lengths and his winning time was just outside the course average on ground softer than his debut win. He is my idea of a dark horse and a lovely prospect going forward whether he remains in bumpers or goes down the novice hurdling route.
He is sure to give the team some exciting days at the track.


Steve Mullington @MulldogGalvin

Galvin

Trainer – Gordon Elliott
Owner – R. A. Bartlett

Arguably one of the best chasers currently residing in the Gordon Elliott stable, Galvin is one of my long range Grand National hopes.

The promising seven-year-old is unbeaten in his past five starts, the last of which he was seen lifting the Sam Vestey National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

He is currently joint second favourite in the betting for next April’s Grand National at 25-1 and also gets a 40/1 quote for the Gold Cup next March.

Officially rated 154 over fences, Galvin looks sure to be contesting and winning some of the major staying handicaps this season.


Paul Rhodes – @AOBFS
Stage Star
Age – 5YO
Lineage – Fame And Glory x Sparky May
Pedigree – Sire Gr1 winner at 2,3,4,& 5 Dam Grade 2 winner over hurdles
Race Career – 3 Starts 1 Win 2 Places – Grade 2 Placed in Bumpers
Targets – One of the novice hurdles at Cheltenham or Aintree
Verdict – I bought into Stage Star when he was a 2 year old because of his sire. He had a great bumper career ran a cracker in the Weatherby’s nhstallions.co.uk Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Grade 2) at Aintree on Grand National day. Paul loves him and we are all very excited about him. Hopefully by the time we get to Cheltenham he will be a leading contender for the Supreme or Neptune. I was lucky enough to increase my share in him after last season so really looking forward to him this season.
Dreaming of a festival winner. Paul says he has been schooling over hurdles really well and he is a real athlete.

Newbury

Jamie Lindsay – @Glen_Colt

My Drogo

Trainer: Dan Skelton

Owner: Mr & Mrs R Kelvin – Hughes

This looks like a potentially top class staying chaser in the making. Dan Skelton’s My Drogo has done little wrong so far in his career, boasting a 100% strike rate over hurdles last season. The son of Milan opened his account at Newbury in a 2m Maiden Hurdle last November and hasn’t looked back since. My Drogo then notched up a G2 double at Ascot and Kelso, winning in particularly impressive style at the Scottish track. The decision by the Skelton’s to skip Cheltenham reaped it’s reward when My Drogo eased clear to win by a wide margin in a G1 at Aintree over 2m 4f. He has great size and scope for tackling fences and should take high rank in the Novice Chasing division.
His main targets this season could include the Kauto Star Novices Chase at Kempton on Boxing day and the JLT or RSA at Cheltenham in March or perhaps Aintree will be the main aim again. An exciting prospect to follow, I know the team at Dan’s yard absolutely think the world of him.

Nicky Henderson Checking the first fence before race begins at Haydock

Neil Watson – @WattyRacing
Young Buck
Age – 7yo
Trainer – P Nicholls
Owners – The Stewart Family

This lightly raced horse shaped up with plenty of promise last season over hurdles, winning on his seasonal reappearance over 3m1f at Hereford he then was second back over course and distance before landing another 3m novice hurdle at Chepstow.
Upped into Grade 2 company at Haydock he was going nicely on the lead in the potato race trial before unseating Sean Bowen in a rather undignified manor at the third last.
Rated 133 he will be of interest as regarding his 2021/22 season, something like the Pertemps series may come under consideration although it’s more than likely he’ll go over fences and could take a serious hand in the staying novice chase division.
Definitely one to keep in your trackers this season

Paul Townend & Al Boum Photo

Jamie Brownlow – @BROWNLOWJ74
GO CHIQUE
Trainer Nicky Henderson
Age: 5yr Old
Form: Hurdles 52841 BHA Rating: 107

In my last blog that I wrote Go Chique is the full sister to Christmas in April. So now Go Chique has had a nice break and strengthen up well. So she will use that tones of stamina in her pedigree for this coming season. So distance for Go Chique hopefully will see her run in 2 mile 7 furlong plus races in her career. Go Chique will stay over hurdles this national hunt season once again.

But I can see her jumping a fence in her later career. I really think she is a real staying horse. So there will be plenty of good races to target for her. I think we will see her in top handicap races for sure. One to watch.

For more on Jamie’s horses to follow –
brownlowjblog.wordpress.com/2021/09/27/its-that-time-again-nh-2021-2022/

William Kedjanyi – @KeejayOV3

Coconut Splash
Stowaway x Presenting Chaos
6yo chestnut gelding
Trainer; Evan Williams
Owner; Mr & Mrs William Rucker
Form; 1/2F1/322-
Handicap mark; 137

A lightly raced and young chaser, Coconut Splash still retains his novice tag over fences but has immediate potential in handicaps, a route connections have tried already.  A solid hurdler who ran into Listed runner up Imperial Alcazar on his hurdling debut, he was set to be seriously involved again when falling at Newbury and then broke his maiden in style on his final hurdling start.

He should have won on his chasing debut but for interference, and then shaped with credit when second to Messire Des Obeaux at Wincanton in another Limited Handicap Chase, and afterwards he bumped into another high-class chaser in the shape of Chantry House at Wetherby, pulling 15 lengths clear of the third, now rated 135.
That makes a mark of 137 look most generous and he could have targets all through the season at intermediate trips, with festivals a possibility if he can fulfil his full potential.

Rich Williams – @FunkyAOL

Tea Clipper
6yo Gelding – Stowaway X A Plus Ma Puce
Trainer – Tom Lacey
Owners – Mr Jerry Hinds & Mr Ashley Head
Record –

8 Hurdle runs – 4 Wins & 3 Places
1 Chase run – 1 Win
Winner of the 2020 Grade 3 Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle
Highest Hurdle Rating – 142.

A progressive hurdler in 2020, who landed a Grade 3 last October at Chepstow from a mark of 134. Placed 3rd at Cheltenham in the Grade 3 Coral Cup in March & 3rd at Aintree in the Grade 3 EFT Systems Handicap.
Has started Chasing this season & kicked off at Chepstow, winning the 2m 3f Dunraven Novice Listed Chase by 3 lengths.
Likely to improve as the season goes by & likely to appear at the end of season festivals.

Chris Price – @Pricey_88

Tulin
Trainer – Paul Nicholls 
Owners – Elite Racing Club

Tulin was purchased by Elite Racing when he produced an eye catching win in France last summer at conditions level. After spending several months at Ditcheat, Tulin won both starts in novice hurdles at Taunton before a 4th at Newton Abbott on his last run. 
Having been on the go since the previous summer I can forgive that effort and following a summer break, this 4yo son of Gleneagles can make further progression this season. 

Connections will make use of his novice status during the early part of the season, before switching to handicaps later on over 2m – 2m4f.
From what I’ve seen, he should be more than capable of picking up a couple of decent prizes this National Hunt season.

From our National Hunt Interviews –

Graeme McPherson @OBMRacing (Trainer)

Sister Michael – He’s a lovely big 5 year old son of Fame & Glory. He arrived at the yard as a 3 year old & we have been very patient with him. He has had one spin in a Bumper for the experience at the end of last season & we liked what we saw that day.
He will be one to keep on the right side of this winter.

Conor O’Dwyer @codwyerracing (Trainer)

Rajsalad is a very nice prospect for the winter season, he came off the point to point field and is a beautiful big horse so fingers crossed he goes the right way for our owner Hugo & Anne Kane. 

Richard Pitman @RichardPitman12 (Retired Jockey & BBC Racing Presenter)

Willie Mullins – Micro Manage – Very fragile & if staying sound along with getting soft ground, could be very good under both codes .

Nathan Brennan @nathanb5631245 – Conditional Jockey

We have a horse at Chris’s called Annual Invictus, who’s won 3 novice hurdles and was 4th in the Betfair hurdle, on his first run in a handicap. I think he will be a chaser to look out for next season.

Niall Houlihan – @niall_Houli (Conditional Jockey)

A horse in the near future for me is Mister Murchan. He really impressed me in Wincanton. He showed he had a bit of class and that his runs at Fontwell and Sandown were no flukes. I hope there’s a nice Saturday race in him in time. 

And finally…..

Tom Scudamore @tommyScu ( Grade 1 winning Jockey)

Adagio and Make Me A Believer are far to obvious so I’m going to give you Astigar.

A massive thank you to everyone who has contributed to the NH Horse to follow 2021/22 season. All the best with your horses & let’s hope for a fruitful season.
All horses have been added to the TRACKER…

Arseonlineracing – October 2021

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