Winter/Spring Horses To Follow. (2018-2019)

Winter/Spring National Hunt Horses To Follow. 2018/2019.


As we get ever closer to full National Hunt mode I’ve put a page together of a few horses that i’m personally looking forward to seeing back in action throughout the heart of the winter and the early spring. Now, this isn’t going to be one of those really obscure lists of horses that have won point to point races at somewhere equally as obscure. Or a list of horses that have never ran before but i’ve heard from my uncles mates dog’s best friend that they’ve had a big offer put in for them from a big owner because he saw them doing a nice piece of work behind a farm in Ireland. These will simply be horses that you probably will of heard of and horses that i’m generally just looking forward to following this term. 

As many who follow this site on a regular basis now i’m a big Flat fan, so if you are one that enjoys seeking out hidden gems in the National Hunt sphere, follow @Punters_Dream on Twitter. This guy knows more about jumpers, in particular point to point horses than probably the owners and trainers do.


Silver Streak

(Trainer: Evan Williams – Owner: L Fell)

“Silver Streak is a horse that has already made his reappearance following a summer break and he did it winning in style beating a solid yardstick in Le Prezien by a few lengths. He’s a horse I saw win the Grade 3 Swinton Hurdle back in the spring at Haydock and I think he’s a horse that can progress nicely this season and potentially win some nice pots.”

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Santini

(Trainer: Nicky Henderson – Owner: Mr & Mrs Kelvin-Hughes)

“Santini signed off last season with a win in the Grade 1 Sefton Novice Hurdle at the Aintree Festival when producing a fine staying performance to see off a smart Dan Skelton horse. On his penultimate start he finished third in the Albert Bartlett at the Festival. He’s a big staying sort that will surely make a lovely chaser.”

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Saldier

(Trainer: Willie Mullins – Owner: Mrs S Ricci)

“Saldier was last seen when winning the Grade 1 Four Year Old Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival back in April and looks a smart recruit to the Ricci ranks. He wasn’t seen to best effect the time before that in the Triumph at Cheltenham however he did still finish a respectable fifth. Mullins has stated that their could be a Champion Hurdle challenge planned out at some stage. He’s certainly one i’m looking forward to following and seeing where exactly his campaign will lead him.”

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Lostintranslation

(Trainer: Colin Tizzard – Owner: Taylor & O’Dwyer)

“Lostintranslation developed himself into a smart hurdler last season and this culminated with a close up second placed effort to Black Op in Grade 1 company at the Aintree Festival. I think this horse has a huge future ahead of him in top graded contests and it will be interesting to see how the season develops when tackling the bigger obstacles.”

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Nube Negra

(Trainer: Dan Skelton – Owner: T Spraggett)

“Nube Negra is of Spanish origin which isn’t something you often see in the National Hunt sphere and he’s a smart performer in his own right. He developed into a nice hurdler last term with the highlight being a third placed effort at The Festival. There should more to come from this very young horse.”

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Portrush Ted

(Trainer: Warren Greatrex – Owner: McNeil Family)

“Portrush Ted finished his season last term with a surprise but very impressive win in the bumper at the Aintree Festival when having many potentially smart sorts in behind. He got off to the best possible starts in a Novice Hurdle in the summer and there’s likely a lot more to come.”

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Posh Trish

(Trainer: Paul Nicholls – Owner: Highclere)

“Posh Trish was a smart bumper horse last term and despite falling short a couple of times at the top level she still posted impressive efforts on several other occasions. She got off to the perfect start in a Novice Hurdle winning well and there should be a lot more to come.”

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We Have A Dream

(Trainer: Nicky Henderson – Owner: Munir & Souede)

“We Have A Dream is certainly one of the bigger names on the list and this is a consequence of his fine season last time. Winner of his last four starts which culminated in a dominant success in Grade 1 company at Aintree. This is likely to be a big season for the Nicky Henderson charge.”

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Thomas Darby

(Trainer: Olly Murphy – Owner: Mrs Diana L. Whateley)

“Thomas Darby has won his two starts in style for Olly Murphy and the last one of these came at Cheltenham’s showcase meeting. He could well be a Stable Star for the up and coming trainer this term.”

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Blackbow

(Trainer: Willie Mullins – Owner: Roaringwater Syndicate)

“Blackbow certified himself as one of the smartest bumpers in Ireland last term and finished his season with a second placed effort at Punchestown following a fifth placed effort at The Festival. He’s a fantastic looking sort who should take to life over hurdles and a potential tilt at the Supreme.”

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Born Survivor

(Trainer: Dan Skelton – Owner: Mrs G Widdowson & Mrs R Kelvin-Hughes)

“Born Survivor put in a delightful round of jumping at Wetherby on his reappearance, a smart hurdler who slightly lost his way last season, the switch to fences could well turn him into a completely different proposition.”

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Cap Soleil

(Trainer: Fergal O’Brien – Mrs S.A.Noott)

“Cap Soleil had an impressive season last term not finishing out of the top two in all of her runs and ran second behind Laurina at The Festival in the Mares Novice. She’s likely to progress even further this term and could be a big player in big contests.”

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Dostal Phil

(Trainer: Phillip Hobbs – Owner: J P McManus)

“Dostal Phil made a return to the track from a year out with a second placed effort at Uttoxeter when last seen, a well thought of sort who will likely have a lot to offer this term for top connections.”

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Slate House

(Trainer: Colin Tizzard – Owner: Eric Jones, Geoff Nicholas, John Romans)

“Slate House was an expensive purchase who started his career off with a smart win at Cheltenham, he didn’t really progress since that run but I still think there’s a heap of talent there. Not overly sure what the current situation is with him but if making it back to track i’m sure he can go well this term.”

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Thomas Campbell

(Trainer: Nicky Henderson – Owner: Mrs Van Geest & Kelvin Hughes)

“Thomas Campbell was a smart staying hurdler last term that won a couple of decent contests at Cheltenham at the start of the season. There’s likely a lot more to come from a  campaign of Novice Chasing this time around.”

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Vison Des Flos

(Trainer: Colin Tizzard – Owner: Ann & Alan Potts Limited)

“Vison Des Flos took quite a while to get going last time following a lofty reputation but once he found his feet he showed he’s a smart performer on his day. He did unseat on his first start of the season in a novice chase so a return to hurdling could well be on the agenda.”

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Salsaretta

(Trainer: Willie Mullins – Owner: Mrs S Ricci)

“An interrupted season last year ruined the plans laid out for her but she’s a highly regarded sort who finally got her nose in front in maiden company last time out in the spring. If a smoother time of things this time around a campaign towards the Mares Novice race at The Festival looks likely”

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On The Blind Side

(Trainer: Nicky Henderson – Owner: Mr A. D. Spence)

“On The Blind Smart was one of the smartest hurdlers in training last term and despite falling short on his final start of the campaign at Aintree when well fancied there looks to be a big season that lies ahead this time around when going chasing.”

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Mister Whitaker

(Trainer: Mick Channon – Owner: Mr T. P. Radford)

“Mister Whitaker winner of the Close Brothers at The Festival last season looked as impressive as ever on his reappearance and if keeping that level of form throughout the campaign he could well be a force to be reckoned with.”

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Bachasson

(Trainer: Willie Mullins – Owner: Edward O’Connell)

“Bachasson really bounced back to form last season before an unfortunate fall in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham. He’s reported to be doing fine back at Willie’s and another season aimed at a Gold Cup bid could well be on the cards.”

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