The jumps season may have been trundling along for a while now, but for more traditional followers of the game we are now at the time when the season steps up a gear.
The Dark Horses Jumps Guide is now out, and I am confident that we are heading for a vintage season – especially on the hurdling front. I cannot remember a better crop of Champion Hurdle prospects – Jezki and The New One up against the might of the Willie Mullins stable, headed by Faugheen. The Cheltenham Gold Cup looks just as open, with the first six home in last season’s race covered by under seven lengths. My early research has unearthed a number of less-exposed types that are expected to progress up the ranks, both from top yards and lower-profile establishments. Many of these have been included in the Dark Horses, but some have been kept back for when they appear.
I am delighted to report the return of the Winter Guide. This publication is an ideal read over the Christmas/New Year holiday, packed that all-important update on the Cheltenham ante-post opportunities and a number of features including a personal account by the man who won £1 million on the Grand National. If you would like to buy a copy for a friend then take advantage of our discount for a second copy!
I am again writing Online Previews for five of the season’s major fixtures, starting with Cheltenham’s Open Meeting, the Hennessy and then a bumper Christmas/New Year edition, ending with the big Grand National meeting at Aintree. Let’s hope I can repeat the run of success this service has had through the summer.
Once again we have a full range of services for the Cheltenham Festival. The format is now established, earning praise from our many clients, so we see no need to change things.
Those of you who like to keep in touch with my thoughts on a daily basis must consider the Personal Consultancy Service or the Telephone & Text Service. It’s been a good summer for both services and we are all very excited by the new Racing Snapshot - specifically structured for days that warrant more than a passing interest.