Early thoughts on the new jumps season
The drop in temperature has made me think of winter. I even put the heating on for an hour tonight #OldAge. Thoughts of winter bring with it thoughts of the upcoming jumps season. My colleague Douglas Campbell has compiled a list of fifty horses to follow for the 2018/19 season.
I particularly like Flying Tiger who needs to be dropped in grade I feel but should win a race or two. And I agree that Western Ryder could go well chasing.
One horse I really like, who is not on the list (probably because he is no dark horse), is Next Destination who was a staying on third in the Ballymore behind the superstar that is Samcro.
I had backed Next Destination ante post for the Albert Bartlett figuring connections would avoid Samcro, and also because the horse plainly wants the longer trip.
Next time out he ran in the Grade One Novice at Punchestown over three miles and beat Kilbricken Storm, who had won the aforementioned Albert Bartlett, into third as well as being a neck too good for Pertemps winner Delta Work with the rest twenty lengths behind.
Willie Mullins has trained just a few more winners than me, but, I think he got it wrong going up against Samcro at Cheltenham with this horse (he says putting on tin hat). Either way I am looking forward to seeing him out again. That is the thing about this game. There is always something to look forward to.