The Point-To-Point Recruits 2018/19
By Jodie Standing
“The Spring Festivals are just around the corner and with many horses still yet to run now is a perfect time to jump on board!” Jodie, February 2019
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“I could not be happier with how well this book has done.
I knew when I first had the idea to write about point-to-point horses I may unearth some hidden gems, but I am staggered by the fantastic results so far.
The endless hours of researching, watching replays and seeing horses in their yards has certainly paid off, and there are still plenty more exciting names to make their debuts.
In fact, I think, potentially, the best ones are yet to come!”
The Jumps season always means there are a whole host of new potential stars about to break onto the racing scene, many of which will descend from the point-to-point ranks.
Jodie trawled the length and breadths of the English and Irish point-to-point field and has unearthed many exciting recruits which are set to make their debuts under Rules in bumpers and novice hurdles for their new connections this season. She is focusing on their physical appearance, character and likely optimum racing conditions.
This book includes horses that have joined top yards such as Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls, Gordon Elliott, Willie Mullins and Colin Tizzard. Jodie also focuses on horses which will do well for smaller yards such as Michael Scudamore, Rose Dobbin, Jamie Snowden, Tim Vaughan and Fergal O’Brien.
In previous years Jodie has spotted and written about the early potential of many future stars including – most notably last season – Santini, Blackbow, Posh Trish, On The Blind Side, Carefully Selected and Brewin’Upastorm.
The Point-To-Point Recruits features:
• An in-depth analysis of 77 lightly raced horses.
• Of those names there are a hand-picked 20 with ‘Star Potential’ which Jodie believes will do especially well for their new connections.
• An ex-Tom Lacey inmate who is described as ‘top drawer’.
• A Stowaway gelding who took three furlongs to pull up after winning impressively.
• A Willie Mullins’ trained gelding with the potential to develop into a leading bumper performer.
Irish point-to-points are vital nursery introductions and have paved the way for many of racing’s biggest names including – Denman, Florida Pearl, Best Mate, War Of Attrition and Imperial Commander, whilst most recently One For Arthur, Native River and Samcro have been flying the flag.
How to keep informed:
Subscribers to the Weekend Card will also receive regular updates on the horses she follows throughout the season.