For our National Hunt Horses to follow list of 2020, we thought we would try something different & involve our followers to pick a horse to follow for the new 2020/21 season starting very soon…..
Will we find the Champion Bumper winner, Champion Hurdler OR the Grand National Winner?
It is a chance for everyone to get involved and to have a bit of fun throughout the winter and to test their eye against one another…..
so here we go, this list will be added too and updated on a regular basis….
Neil Watson ( @WattyRacing )
Galice Macalo – 4yo Bay Filly
Saddler Maker x Victoire De Forme
Trainer – Jane Williams
Culverhill Racing Club
Just two starts for this filly last season and very nearly won on her seasonal debut back at the Becher meeting at Aintree in December under the now retired Lizzie Kelly.
In a Listed Juvenile Fillies race she was fully in contention before a crashing fall at the last flight after which she ran down the field at Doncaster back in January, possibly still feel the effects of that Aintree tumble which looked pretty nasty when watching from the head on view in the Lord Sefton Stand as i was.
So far this season she has picked up where she left off by rallying to break her maiden tag at Warwick this month and with a very workable mark of 120 i feel she has a nice career ahead of her with some of those black type races already being eyed up by this very shrewd trainer
Jamie Brownlow ( @BROWNLOWJ74 )
Oleg – 5yr old Grey Gelding –
Kamisin x Dramraire Mist
Trained by Paul Nicholls
Owners – Middlepark Racing xii/ A&J Ryan
Oleg was bought from France out of David Cottin stable, in which he was transferred to Paul Nicholls stable. From that time with Ditchet stables he, has done wonders in my mind. He’s first race in the UK I think was a very good win at Kelso over hurdles. Also run a very good second place, hurdle race at Chepstow which he finished 2nd place.
When he went over fences for the first time, again he was impressive jumping those Wincanton fences, winning by 2 and a quarter lengths. On his second start over fences at Kempton, unfortunately he had to be pulled up. Where he had a few problems. Since then he had a break and needed some confidence in his racing of his early career.
In which Paul Nicholls and the team, decided to enter him on his debut, in a all weather flat race at Southwell and Megan Nicholls would ride him. In that 2 Mile+ debut flat race he won so impressively he won by 5 lengths. He’s second flat race was at Pontefract and again he won very well, winning by a neck.
He will have one more big flat race which he will, run in the Goodwood Handicap which is 2 Mile 4 furlong race. But then he will return to the NH sphere and be, back jumping over fences. I’m sure he will step up in trip like 2mile 4 furlong over fences. But let’s see how he does running and jumping at 2 miles. He’s a very talented horse with lots of ability. He’s got a following which is great. But I’m sure he will run in the big target races this NH season with the top trainer.
FORM: Hurdles: 12 Chasing: 1 PU Flat: 11
To read more about Jamie & the horses he has shares in visit – https://brownlowjblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/16/my-mpr-nh-horses-for-2019-20/
Jamie – ( @Glen_Colt )
Ballyadam – 5yo Bay Gelding
Fame & Glory x Grass Tips
Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Owners – Cheveley Park Stud
Form – 3/1
This son of Fame Glory cost a whopping £330,000 at the Tattersalls Cheltenham November sale back in 2018. So expectations must have been high ahead of his first campaign with Gordon Elliott. Ballyadam first came onto my radar after romping away with a Downpatrick bumper back in March. He won in the manner of a very smart animal. It might not have been the strongest of bumpers but visually it caught the eye.
Ballyadam had learned a lot from his previous start at Navan when he was a close third, perhaps needing the run that afternoon. After the fantastic campaigns they have enjoyed with the top class Enovi Allen in recent seasons. Cheveley Park Stud will be hoping Ballyadam can progress into one of the top novice hurdlers in Ireland with Cheltenham dreams very much alive. He has the engine that is for sure. I can’t find any entries for this horse but I suspect it won’t be too long before we see this fella unleashed after hurdles.
Maybe they will use the same maiden hurdle Envoi Allen won at Down Royal, that race would take place on the 7th of November. I can’t wait to see Ballyadam hit the track and show what he can do. Can he follow in Envoi’s hoofprints?
Ballyadam is a 5 year old gelding owned by Cheveley Park and trained by Gordon Elliot in Ireland. Ballyadam has only raced 3 times. Firstly, he won a 3 mile Point-to-Point at Portrush by 4 Lengths when trained by Colin McKeever. In his second outing (now with new owner/trainer) he was 3rd to the decent Julies Stowaway, in a National Hunt Flat Race. In this last appearance, he carried 12 stone 2lbs and won a NHF race by 18 lengths under Jamie Codd. He will go hurdling this year and is expected to make his seasonal debut at Down Royal next month. The target will probably be the Ballymore, as connections won the race with Envoi Allen earlier this year. He has already proved he stays 3 miles and I think that the long term aim will be to go Chasing.
Joseph O’Brien Appreciation (@o_appreciation )
Fakir D’oudairies – 5yo Bay Gelding
Kapgarde x Niagaria Du Bois
Trainer – Joseph O’Brien
Owner – JP Mcmanus
A winner of 2 of his chases including the Grade 1 Drinmore Novice aged 4 when putting subsequent Grade 1 chaser Samcro to the sword.
Was last seen at the Cheltenham Festival when finishing 2nd in the Grade 1 Arkle when he was beaten 1 1/2 lengths. He is entered on 31st October in the 3 mile Champion steeplechase. This is his first try at 3 miles. He is still only 5 and has the potential to add more Grade 1’s to his total.
Anythingforlove – 5yo Bay Mare
Black Sam Bellamy x La Perrotine
Trained by Jamie Snowden
Owners – Foxtrot Racing Anythingforlove
Won her 2 bumpers last season as was aiming for a GBBS bumper at Uttoxeter before a potential tilt at the EBF final before covid hit.
She is to have a novice hurdle campaign where she looks listed class at worst, likes abit of cut in the ground but has won on heavy so any downpours shouldn’t affect her, this would suggest she has the stamina for 2m 4f.
Katie – ( Katie & Grumeti )
Champagnesuperover – 5yo Bay Gelding
Jeremy x Meldrum Hall
Trainer – Olly Murphy
Owners – McNeill Family & Patrick/Scott Brycela
2 runs both in National Hunt Flat races in early 2020, winning 1 & placing in the other.
Jan 2020 – A 16 length winner at Ayr over 2m in a Class 5 NHF race on soft ground.
February 2020 – 3rd by 10 lengths in a 2m 69yd Newbury Listed NHF race to Ocean Wind.
I think he’ll like soft ground & I like him because of his frame. A beautifully built animal
Of all the yards i have visited, this horse has had the BIGGEST buzz about him. The staff, Trainer & Owners think very highly of him & is an Owners favourite already!
Katie also writes a blog…. The link is below…
Samantha Martin ( @sam_angelina22 )
Real Steel – 7yo Bay Gelding
Loup Breton x Kalmina
Trainer – Paul Nicholls
Owner – Sullivan Bloodstock Limited
This season, Real Steel has joined Paul Nicholls’ successful battalion from Willie Mullins’ yard. This horse can be described as a bit ‘hit-and-miss’. He wasn’t an exceptional hurdler but won on his second and third lifetime chase starts in extremely taking style.
He finished sixth in the JLT and was then second in a Fairyhouse Grade one. At Punchestown, he won a ‘Grade A’ handicap chase but it was last season when he properly hit his stride. He started out by winning in a Down Royal Grade two impressively before finishing behind Min, Hardline and Presenting Percy in the John Durkan.
Next time, he easily won a grade two at Thurles but pulled up at Gowran. In the Cheltenham Gold Cup, he was stone last on the first circuit but Brian Hughes switched him out and he was absolutely ‘swinging’ along as they turned for home. He looked like the winner at one point but messed about a bit under pressure and couldn’t quite last home.
He’s only seven and has a big future ahead. Now in England, I think he’s going to be seen to good effect at courses like Kempton and Ascot before the Gold Cup or Ryanair.
We would like to thank everyone that has contributed towards this list of horses to follow for the 2020/21 National Hunt season & wish them all the best for the season ahead….
We will be keeping you all informed when they run & look forward to seeing how many winners this unique group has found…..