Jumps Season - At The Races

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    Will Lattimore shortlists 12 horses to keep onside in the Emerald Isle this season.
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Battleford (GB)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Midnight Legend - Well Maid (Saddlers' Hall)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 26 Apr 2017 16:20
  • Result: 2/10, mid-division, 5th at 5th, mistake next, ridden in moderate 4th after 2 out, went moderate 2nd at last, kept on well under pressure run-in, not reach winner
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It`s not the first-time Willie Mullins sent a 25/1 shot to the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival to run an excellent race and this 5-y-o gelding looks to have a bright future ahead of him considering he was good enough to finish runner-up at two festivals.

It goes without saying he will be on everyone's list to do well over hurdles but his trainer has so many in his camp that could do as well as him. However, he could have an edge over most of his rivals that he handles any ground and may have more experience when the time comes when they meet each other at the festivals ahead.

His trainer will have tough decisions to make in due course which are great decisions to have and I expect this fellow to be high on list.

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Blow By Blow

There is no doubt we will see the best out of this five-year-old gelding by Robin Des Champs when he sees a fence, although in saying that he certainly surprised me by winning the Grade 1 attheraces.com Champion INH Flat Race at the Punchestown Festival so it`s possible he may be a top-class staying hurdler before he jumps the larger obstacles.

I knew going into the Punchestown event he was an exciting prospect for the future considering he had won two bumpers already.

Those contests were in small fields raced on soft ground and he gave the impression he may well need a deep surface to see him at his best. However, to his credit he handled the quicker ground to fend off all challengers when making-all under top lady rider Katie Walsh.

The main reason I say chasing is going to be his game, is because he looks like a fine big chasing type that will gallop all day and it`s possible the smaller obstacles are only a stepping stone to his future over fences.

However, he surprised me once and the 5-y-o, who is now trained by Gordon Elliott having previously been trained by Willie Mullins, is definitely another horse you should be keeping an eye on over the coming months.

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De Name Escapes Me (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Vinnie Roe - Heartlight (Accordion)
  • Trained by: N Meade
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 17 Mar 2017 14:10
  • Result: PU/25, not always fluent, chased leaders on outside, lost place and bumped after 2 out, weakened and pulled up before last
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This 6-y-o gelding looked an improving hurdler early last season but he picked up an injury around Christmas time and missed most of the season.

He did reappear at the Punchestown Festival were he ran just fair to finish tenth of 25 in a valuable two-and a half miles handicap hurdle. That was only his fourth start over hurdles so he has time on his side to get back to his best.

I would like to see him over two miles, he can be keen and the sharper trip could help him settle into a nice rhythm in the early part of the race. He also could prefer soft ground his does have a high knee action.

He could be well handicapped off a mark of 134 and I expect him to be aimed at all the valuable handicaps this term once his has his favoured conditions.

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Forge Meadow

I like this four-year-old filly and I expect her to be a decent novice hurdler throughout the season.

She was good enough to a win a bumper on her debut in impressive style at the Easter Festival at Fairyhouse last term and followed that up with a fine second behind the well-regarded Augusta Kate at the Punchestown Festival.

She is related to plenty of stayers on her dam-side but as we know she is not slow which will stand for her when her connections try her over different trips in due course. I wouldn`t be surprised at all if she turns out to be above average.

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Glens Harmony

  • 5-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: King's Theatre - Glens Music (Orchestra)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Navan, 27 Nov 2016 15:20
  • Result: 2/8, tracked leader in 2nd, dropped to 4th briefly 3f out, ridden in 2nd over 2f out, 3rd 1f out, kept on without threatening winner to go 2nd again inside final furlong
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It was surprising to see this four-year-filly make her debut in a Listed Bumper at the Punchestown Festival.

Usually her trainer starts them off in a minor contest for the experience but this exciting filly didn`t let her connections down and ran an excellent race to finish a close third to her stable companion and highly-regarded Augusta Kate.

She had no problem winning next time out at Ballinrobe, where she won by an eased down 13 lengths to indicate her performance last timeout was no fluke.

Looking forward to the season ahead it`s quite possible she may be kept away from deep ground considering she is by Kings Theatre. The two races she ran in were run on good ground so we don`t know just yet if underfoot conditions are for her.

Although she is a sister to Glens Melody who won many races in soft ground so we just have to wait and see what the plans are. Either way she is certainly a filly to look forward to seeing this term.

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Herminator (FR)

  • 7-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Night Tango - Roannaise (Octagonal)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Navan, 21 Jan 2017 12:30
  • Result: 4/10, tracked leaders, pushed along in 7th 3 out, ridden in 6th next, moderate 5th and left 4th at last, no impression
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I`m expecting this ex-French-trained gelding to improve with racing in this country. He had plenty of racing in France which didn`t amount to much but he is in the right hands to improve and after two starts for his new trainer he has the potential to win a nice handicap hurdle.

To be honest I put in him my notebook after each effort, he made-up a lot of ground from the rear but got tired late-on which is excusable considering both starts were after a lay-off.

Even though he should handle deep conditions I don`t think he likes it too deep and will probably prefer it no worse than soft to get off the mark. Herminator is not an obvious one from this stable but one to keep a look out for all the same.

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Invitation Only

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Norabelle (Alamo Bay)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Fairyhouse, 2 Apr 2017 16:05
  • Result: 6/9, settled mid-division, 6th halfway, improved to challenge and slight mistake 3 out, disputed before 2 out, ridden and headed before last, no extra in 5th when slightly hampered last, kept on one pace
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This five-year-old gelding by Flemensfirth looks the real deal and looks an exciting prospect to follow throughout his career.

He was an impressive winner of a three mile point to point at Ballynoe back in March 2015, and it was interesting to see he didn`t make his debut under rules until the following year.

It was well worth the wait, an easy winner of a two-mile bumper at Navan and followed that up when making all to win at the Punchestown Festival over the same trip.

His champion trainer will have plenty of targets throughout the season and I would not be surprised if he ends up a being leading candidate for all the staying Grade 1s novice hurdle events at the festival`s ahead.

Whatever happens over hurdles he is one to remember when he sees a fence and looks like Andrea and Graham Wylie have invested into another exciting prospect for the future.

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Jett

This five-year-old gelding is a half-brother to plenty of smart horses, Jezki, Jetson, Jenari, Jered are just a few and he gives the impression he has the potential to follow in their footsteps.

He looks a dour stayer and in the circumstances I was quite surprised he had the speed to win over two and a half miles over hurdles.

Jett is rated 131 over hurdles which I feel is a fair mark, and he could be the type that will relish staying handicaps on soft ground throughout the year. He does not do anything quickly so I`m expecting to see the best out of him over three miles.

There is also the chance connections may send him novice chasing, he certainly has the size to be a chaser but it maybe next season for that discipline.

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Jury Duty

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Well Chosen - Swan Heart (Broken Hearted)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 27 Apr 2017 17:30
  • Result: 6/12, took keen hold early, held up in rear, mistake 4th, some headway but no impression before straight, soon chased leaders and one pace
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This five-year-old gelding looks an interesting handicap hurdler to follow or if connections decide to send him novice chasing I would certainly keep an eye out for him.

He was an easy winner of a handicap hurdle off a rating of 111 at Navan in February and stepped-up with two promising place-efforts at the Fairyhouse and Punchestown Festivals.

Jury Duty starts the season off 126 and I feel that`s a lenient mark and I expect his shrewd trainer will target a decent handicap hurdle at some stage during the season.

His connections did mention that he may jump a fence sooner than later which is very interesting but at the moment I`m sure a handicap hurdle will be targeted at some stage during the season.

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Pylonthepressure

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Darsi - Minnie O'Grady (Welsh Term)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Limerick, 29 Dec 2016 12:05
  • Result: Won/13, disputed lead, led 6th, went on from 2 out, slightly reduced lead last, ridden out and stayed on well run-in
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I expected big things from this six-year-old last season but he didn`t get a chance to show his best when he picked-up a slight injury after his second start over hurdles in January.

He is probably a forgotten horse by some but he is one I will certainly be hoping he comes back this season.

Pylonthepressure is a staying chaser for the making although time will tell if his connections will start him back over hurdles considering he missed most of last season big dates. Whatever happens I can`t wait to see him again.

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Shattered Love

This five-year-old mare did well to finish third in a Grade 2 mares’ bumper at Aintree’s Grand National meeting on only her second start under rules.

Shattered Love is a fine big sort with plenty of scope who should have a bright future ahead of her. She was a three mile point to point winner back in 2015, and it`s possible her future with be over fences in due course.

She is by Yeats so you would expect her to come to herself over staying distances throughout her career and is definitely a mare I would keep in my notebook.

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Tully East

We last saw this six-year-old gelding running an excellent race to finish fourth in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

It`s worth mentioning he made up a lot of ground from the rear and possibly went for home too soon, the tough climb to the line caught him out but it was still a respectable performance for a 50/1 shot.

It will be interesting if his connections send him over fences this term, in my opinion he looks to have the build to be a chaser and gives me the impression he could be an interesting recruit over the larger obstacles.

Tully East may not turn out to be a Grade 1 performer but I would say he should have the ability to be a decent novice handicapper in time.

Time will tell which discipline they target but I will be surprised if we don`t see him over fence this year, and it`s worth mentioning he was second to Grade 1 hurdle winner Identity Thief in a bumper back in 2014 where he was a bit headstrong but he has matured since then.

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