5 Horses To Watch This National Hunt Season!

by Samantha

Here are some horses I think could snatch some of the big prizes this season…

1- Finian’s Oscar

At the end of last season, he came second in the Irish Champion Hurdle behind Bacardys and that is the only time he has been beaten in his five race career so far. Colin Tizzard’s charge is due to make his chasing debut on Saturday 14th October depending on the ground. He is due to be partnered by ex-Gigginstown first jockey Bryan Cooper who is now riding the Ann and Alan Potts horses in England.

Looking at his breeding, he is by a French Derby runner up and his half brother is Our Duke who won the Irish grand National over further so he should be able to jump chase fences and stay further. His dam’s sire Taipan was a high class 10f-12f horse and a dual purpose sire to a lot of winners.

2 Fayonagh

This mare won the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival as well as the Champion Flat Race at Punchestown. She won on her hurdles debut by two and ahalf lengths under Davy Russell. There is possibility of her being a mares hurdle contender because she seems to jump well.  Her dam Fair Ina won one race in  her career over two miles so she should be able to stay the extra three furlongs because she seems a staying type.

3 Diego Du Charmil

He has a fifty percent strike rate and won by nine lengths on his chase debut in a two horse race with his stablemate. He has always been a good jumper and there is no reason why he can’t contest some of the top races this season. Two miles is a good trip for him so he could possibly go to the Champion Chase but he doesn’t seem to be as good as horses like Fox Norton and Altior.

4 Death Duty

He won his Debut over fences in very good style. He unseated his rider at this year’s Cheltenham Festival and that is the only time he has been out of the top three. He jumped very well on his debut and had a few good learning experiences when he blundered at a few. It seems like there is a lot to come from him in the big races this season and his trainer Gordon Elliot definitely knows what he is doing with his horses.

5 Buveur D’Air

He won the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the Aintree Hurdle last season and has only ever been out of the top three once. At the minute, it looks like he will stay over hurdles this season once again and Nicky Henderson said that it is a possibility that the JP McManus-owned six year old will most likely use the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle for his first run of the season.

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