Jumps Season - At The Races

Welcome to our guide to the 2017/18 Jumps Season

    Another great season of quality racing lies ahead of us and our dedicated microsite has everything you need to get an edge on the jumps this winter.
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Jumps fans rejoice! It's here at last - the 2017/18 National Hunt season!

The latest season ended with thrilling battles for the trainers titles in both the UK and Ireland, with both championships going to the final day.

In Britain, Nicky Henderson clinched his fourth title - narrowly beating ten times champion Paul Nicholls - whilst in Ireland the ongoing battle between reigning champion Willie Mullins and the ever-growing force of Gordon Elliott provided many headlines throughout the season before a win for the Mullins-trained Bapaume ensured the title stayed at Closutton.

You can read more about the story of last season in our Annual Review.

Henderson, Nicholls, Mullins and Elliott will all feature in our extensive Stable Tours section, which also includes for the first time Jessica Harrington and Colin Tizzard, yards which captured the Gold Cup and King George last season and can boast four leading blue riband contenders in the shape of Sizing John, Thistlecrack, Our Duke and Native River.

Our resident blogger Barry Geraghty will be hoping for better luck than last season, where heavy falls caused him to miss both the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals. However, he has plenty to look forward to this season, headed by Champion Hurdler Buveur D'Air and Triumph Hurdle winner Defi Du Seuil, both of whom he partnered to victory at Aintree. The pair feature among Barry's Top Ten for the season along with a few names readers will be less familiar with.

There's also no shortage of candidates for your ATR tracker in our Horses to Follow section; here, four ATR experts have selected their own teams including Rising Stars, Irish Eyecatchers, Dark Horses and Ex-Irish Pointers.

If you're looking for ante-post advice then don't miss Sean Boyce's verdict on the season's big races; regular readers will know not to expect any short-priced selections!

And in our Stars In The Spotlight section ATR pundit and blogger Kevin Blake has profiled 25 of the leading jumps horses in training, assessing their chances of further glory.

In our ever popular Stats Guide, Paul Jones uncovers the trends behind 15 of the trickiest handicaps of the season, whilst David Myers lifts the lid on some fascinating punting angles in our extensive Trendspotting section, detailing everything from sires to follow to original angles on the Placepot.

Armed with all this information why not put it to good use by playing our free-to-enter Stable Stars game? Our popular jumpers to follow competition will be back again in November with a new twist for this season - watch this space for more details.

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