This is an exciting time of year, as the new National Hunt season starts to swing into action and all the top winter horses start to get going. There is a lot to look forward to.
I am hoping for a clear run at it now. I missed out on the Cheltenham Festival last season through injury and, while I got back for Aintree, I was injured again at Fairyhouse in the Irish Grand National and I missed out on the Punchestown Festival and on all the summer festivals.
It’s part of it of course, you expect injuries as a National Hunt rider. I’m just hoping that I have had my quota now for a while!
Here are ten horses that I am really looking forward to riding this season.
Apple's Shakira (FR)
Buveur D'air (FR)
Coney Island (IRE)
Defi Du Seuil (FR)
|3 Feb 2018:||Leopardstown - Bhp Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle (grade 1) (2m)|
|27 Dec 2016:||Chepstow - coral.co.uk Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) (2m)|
|15 Oct 2016:||Ffos Las - Pennant Wales Juvenile Maiden Hurdle (2m)|
Minella Rocco (IRE)
|4 Feb 2018:||Leopardstown - Unibet Irish Gold Cup (grade 1) (3m)|
|28 Dec 2017:||Leopardstown - Leopardstown Christmas Chase (Grade 1) (3m)|
|19 Oct 2017:||Punchestown - Irish Daily Star Chase (grade 3) (3m 1f)|
|12 Feb 2017:||Leopardstown - Stan James Irish Gold Cup (Grade 1) (3m ½f)|
Sutton Place (IRE)
|4 Feb 2018:||Leopardstown - Flogas Novice Chase (grade 1) (2m 5f)|
|1 Jan 2018:||Fairyhouse - Follow Fairyhouse On Social Media Beginners Chase (2m 5f)|
|27 Apr 2017:||Punchestown - Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle (Grade 1) (3m)|
|19 Feb 2017:||Navan - Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m 5f)|
|28 Jan 2017:||Naas - Limestone Lad Hurdle (Grade 3) (2m)|