I was hoping to put together a daily Newsletter informing you, each day, of one of the 20 to follow for the coming season but unless my iPad permits me the facility to sneak one in then the medical advice to take a complete break for a week will be heeded.
I can safely say I have never needed a break more than I need this one. What a year this has been!
How I go about picking my 20 to follow is simple. I’m looking firstly at horses that have the potential to improve for going over fences, having proven pretty decent over hurdles. My main selection process though comes from watching the sales that occur through the year not just here but in France, too.
You may remember (it’s still on the website in the Notebook), that in January this year, whilst tucked up in bed at Clatterbridge Hospital, that I posted this up:
POSTED JANUARY 22ND, 2014
TELL US MORE
The horse has recently been sold and moved to the yard of Willie Mullins. To date he has won a PTP but from what I have read so far he’s good and considered a surefire winner of a Bumper in the near future, before proving himself a graded NH performer.
This has been plucked from the Brightwells website….
Sale topper Tell Us More (Lot 32) was not short of fans when entering the ring, for he had won a point-to-point in good style on Sunday despite being baulked when a fence was dolled off as the race began in earnest. Those who missed the victory would have been impressed by his presence in the ring, and while Tom Malone and underbidder Roger Brookhouse were keen to gain his passport, Harold Kirk, who buys for trainer Willie Mullins, had the decisive bid.
Definitely one to keep a very close eye on.
WON AT GOWRAN, 8TH MARCH @ 8/11
That horse will run at Cheltenham next year, no doubts about it. I think I have an idea which race, too. It will not be in my 20 to follow because we already know about it and have done for the best part of a year but those making the list will also, I hope, end up at the racing Festivals in Spring.
I have four rated races from Sedgefield down below and as you might expect it’s not the best racing we’ll see this NH season but it will hopefully give us another indicator that a decent season beckons.
I will be keeping a very close eye on what’s going on racing wise and if I spot anything I will post it up on the social media websites, Facebook and Twitter. You can see the Twitter feed on the home page of the new Post Racing website….please keep checking it out.
See you in a week!
Sedgefield / Mon 13 Oct
Updated @ Sun 12 Oct
CH- Good, Good to Soft in places HUR- Good (GoingStick: CH- 6.3 HUR- 6.5 on Sunday at 06:45)
Rails: Divided bends. Hurdles on the outer. The cross fence at the top of the hill will be bypassed.
2.5mm Rain yesterday evening. Misty morning with a light frost. Dry today fog clearing late morning and sunny spells due. Temps 12c. Overcast throughout the day tomorrow with possibility of a light shower first thing in the morning.
* – indicates winner on ground at the time of rating the race
§ – perceived as best drawn
T – indicates having travelled more than 150 miles to race today
H – Indicates wearing some form of headgear for first time today
THE NH FIGURES BELOW ARE NOT YET FIT FOR PURPOSE! “SIGHTERS” ONLY!!
* – SURE THING….+10
* – SOLWAY DORNAL….-6
* – MONTOYA’S SON….-12
ODDS ON DAN….-30
THE SOCIETY MAN….-40
T – MIDNIGHT STREAKER….+8
* – SEA CLIFF….-9
* – MONITA BONITA….-18
* – DANCEINTOTHELIGHT….-21
* – BRAVE SPARTACUS….+9
* – CLAUDE CARTER….+8
* – MARDOOD….-12
* – OPERATEUR….-14
BLUE SEA OF IBROX….-40
TH* – HIGH TALK….+10
T* – SAFE INVESTMENT….+9
T – SUPAPOWERS….-18
H – RORY BOY….-32
BILLY TWO TONGUES….-40