HORSES TO FOLLOW FOR THE 2018/19 JUMPS SEASON………..
With the new 2018/19 season starting to hit top gear then Oliver picks out some of his string to follow over the jumping campaign...………….
Euxton Lane – Owned by Trevor Hemmings and did well over hurdles for us last season. Rated as high as 139 over hurdles and winning twice. Ended last season by running 7th in the Grade One Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree – a cracking effort. Has been doing plenty of schooling over fences over the summer and looks an exciting Novice Chase prospect for the season ahead. Only 6 years-old so will have more to come and has taken to the bigger obstacles well. Softer ground would be his preference and we are looking forward to an exciting season ahead.
Hitherjacqueslady - Nice mare that was rated 132 over hurdles last season. Won on debut on good ground but has also shown a liking for soft and heavy conditions. Will excel over fences this season after really taking to them during her schooling.
Manning Estate – At the time of writing has only had one career run – that came in a bumper at Fontwell when a very close second. The winner that day has since franked the form by winning over hurdles so that’s a good sign too. We’ve taken our time with him but schools well at home and shows plenty of promise. Is ready to run and should be a horse to note as the season progresses.
Piton Pete - Progressive hurdler last season that ended up rated 132. Won on soft and heavy ground so once the rain comes that is fine but has also gone well on a better surface. Ended last season with a fair 11th (of 20) in a decent novice handicap hurdle at Sandown but has since been well-schooled over fences so that’s obviously the plan this season, with trips from 2m to 2m4f looking the likely distances for this 7 year-old to tackle.
Seaston Spirit – Another progressive hurdler last term that ended on a mark of 115. He ended the campaign on a bit of a low after being brought down and then running down the field but has benefitted from a break. Will be heading over fences this season and has schooling well. Still only 5 years-old but we expect him to make into a better chaser than hurdler.
Sevarano - Impressive in his bumpers last season – winning once and then ended off with a fine 5th at Aintree in their Grade Two National Hunt Flat race at the National Meeting. Will be sent over hurdles this season and schools well at home. Both runs last term came on soft ground so that’s the preference for him. Certainly a horse to follow.
Shaughnessy – Ended last season with a fine win at Towcester in what was his third NH Flat race. At the time of writing is yet to finish out of the first two from his three bumpers but will be heading over hurdles this season. Has strengthened-up over the summer and showing a great attitude – at the moment he’s ticking every box
Westbury - Very pleasing bumper win at Huntingdon last May and rates a nice hurdle prospect for the season ahead. Has got stronger over the summer too and no issues with jumping a hurdle. One to note.