1) MORE OF THAT. He is the only one to have beaten Annie Power and, without doubt, is a very good horse. I don’t know if he stays hurdling or goes chasing but given the chance to pick one horse I don’t ride, to ride, it would be this fellow.
2) DJAKADAM. Fell four out in the Jewson Novice Chase at Cheltenham last March and skipped his opening day engagement at Punchestown owing to fast ground. On official ratings (141) he has much to improve to be a grade one horse but he might win a big handicap on the way.pont
3) SHANESHILL. Reversed Cheltenham bumper form in some style at Punchestown. He has schooled very well and will be a big player in the novice hurdle division.
4) RENNETTI. Lost his way after a cracking second to the Tullow Tank in last year’s Royal Bond at Fairyhouse. Looks unexposed of his current mark.
5) PONT ALEXANDRE. Missed last season but is back in training. Looks great and I can’t wait to ride him over fences. He looks every bit of a three-mile chaser (main picture).
6) ABBYSIAL. I imagine will go chasing and take advantage of his four-year-old weight allowance. Handles all ground and should run-up a nice sequence of wins.
7) GLENS MELODY. I don’t know what Annie Power’s plan is, but Glens gave Quevega a real fright at Cheltenham last year and just did not see out three miles at Punchestown. She is a very good mare and will more than pay her own way against her own sex.
8) MORNING ASSEMBLY. A cracking big staying chaser who hit the crossbar at the top level as a novice. He has a lovely handicap mark and could be a real Grand National type.
9) ARCTIC FIRE. Ran a blinder in the County Hurdle and bolted up at Punchestown. It’s a long shot but this is a horse we have always liked who could, just, progress in a Champion Hurdle-type horse. Will be worth following early in the season.
10) FELIX YONGER. Did not perform to his best after Christmas last season but that festive time is around the corner and this lad showed last year that autumn was his time.