Ten To Follow Update (03.01.2018)

Posted 3 months ago

The Jumps season has entered 2018 and what a period of racing it has been. The Christmas period started off with the International Meeting at Cheltenham, then headed to Ascot for the Christmas Racing Weekend. The next stop was Kempton for the 32 Red Winter Festival and finished at Cheltenham for the New Years Day Fixture. In between there was top notch racing from Haydock, Wetherby, Doncaster and Newbury, but sadly the Welsh National at Chepstow was lost to a waterlogged track.

The International Meeting at Cheltenham was fruitless for players, with no-one selecting any of the Class 1 winners from Robinsfirth, Guitar Pete, Kilbricken Storm or the plucky My Tent Or Yours, who finally shed his Grade 1 maiden tag. Over at Doncaster on the same weekend, Keith Whitford was the only player to select Keeper Hill.

Nicky Henderson kicked off the Christmas Racing Weekend in style by taking the Supreme Novices Trial with Claimantakinforgan, who looks a serious contender in March. Next on the card, Gary Moore's Benatar ultimately out jumped Finian's Oscar, who couldn't rein him in up the home straight, to the dismay of many players. The feature race of the meeting, the JLT Reve De Sivola Long Walk Hurdle, was won by Sam Spinner. No players had this fast improving horse and missed out on the first bonus points of the festive period. 

We then headed to Kempton for the 32 Red Winter Festival and it did not disappoint. First up Bryony Frost won her first Grade 1 on Black Corton. This was Black Corton's ninth run of the season with his first run coming at Fontwell in June where he was rated 136. He has to be one of the improvers of the season. Buveur D'air then followed up in impressive fashion in the Christmas Hurdle and looks to hold strong claims for the Champion Hurdle. Might Bite ended Boxing Day in style by fending off all opposition in the King George and earning players some valuable bonus points. 

The day after Politologue followed up his Tingle Creek victory with a bold display of jumping in the Desert Orchid Chase. Chirstmas ended with the New Years Day meeting at Cheltenham where Yanworth turned the tables on Willoughby Court, but will the same happen in March? 

Other winners over the Christmas period included Gold Present at Ascot and Cap Soliel at Haydock.

Be sure to check back next Wednesday for the scores.

Latest scores can be found here.

Position    Name & Team Team Score
1 Terry Knight (6) 295
2 Terry Knight (6) 290
3 Alan Wellsteed (11) 270
3 Mervyn Broom (3) 270
3 David Walters (4) 270
6 Chris Cosgrove (2) 265
6 Marlyn Miles 265
6 Graham Barton (2) 265
9 David Arman 260
10 Colin Biggs (5) 250
11 Mervyn Broom (8)