Gary Sears’ 15 for the Jumps 2020-21

Gary Sears selects his 15 for the jumps season 2020/21

When horses from the list run, they will appear on Our Writer’s Tips page

 horses included in the Tote 10 to Follow Jumps 2020/21 competition


Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies

Didn’t manage to win again after making a winning chasing debut at Cheltenham in October but generally performed with credit in top company and the key to him could be a step up in trip – regularly shaped as though 2 1/2 miles will suit. If that’s the case something like the BetVictor Gold Cup could be an early season target


Willie Mullins

Top class form in three novice chases last season, running a tremendous race in the RSA Chase at the festival. Think he might be best at short of 3 miles so the Ryanair hopefully the target. Sires horses equally as good on decent ground so that could bring about further improvement


Nicky Henderson

Hacked up in a couple of novice hurdles before running really well behind Shishkin at the festival. Have to wait for a stable tour to see whether he stays over hurdles or go chasing (would guess more likely the former given his inexperience) but is an exciting prospect whichever route is taken .


Henry De Bromhead

Very impressive when winning his bumper at Gowran after which his normally quite reserved trainer was talking about Punchestown and Aintree. Think we can take it he is well regarded and no surprise if he is up to contesting the top novice hurdles


Henry De Bromhead 

Still going strongly when brought down in the Supreme after settling much better than he had previously. Given his stable’s modus operandi quite likely to go novice chasing and could be an exciting proposition.


Nicky Henderson

Impressive when winning at Haydock in February off 138, jumping really well and a 6lb rise looks lenient. That was only his second start in this country so hopefully plenty more to come and potentially better than a handicapper.


Henry De Bromhead

Jumped beautifully when winning at Thurles in March on only his second start looking every inch a top-class prospect. Another from this stable with the option of staying hurdling or going chasing but whatever, well worth following.


Harry Fry

Very well regarded, didn’t get the greatest of rides at Cheltenham on Trials Day, making ground too very quickly to hit the front turning for home but still keeping on when headed. Whether staying hurdling or going chasing has the makings of a top-class horse


Colin Tizzard

Impressive at Chepstow in November, suffered a setback and not seen again until running with credit in the NH Chase where he probably wasn’t quite at his best. Said to relish soft ground, should be plenty of opportunities for him in long distance chases with the Welsh Grand National an obvious target.


Colin Tizzard

Can ignore his run at Cheltenham when the stables horses were out of form but had previously looked very promising. Likely to go chasing and having plenty of scope, just the sort to do really well.


Nicky Henderson

Quickened really smartly to win a listed hurdle at Taunton but a setback meant she missed the festival. With the enhanced programme for mares will be plenty of opportunities for her if coming back sound though slight doubt about her getting 2 1/2 miles.


Heather Main

Not finished particularly close in a couple of bumpers and two hurdles but definite signs of ability and with plenty of scope a likely sort for handicaps


Philip Hobbs

Travels strongly and ran a fine race at the festival, just getting touched off in the Martin Pipe. Only went up 5lb for that so may stick to hurdling with the Silver Trophy at Chepstow a likely target. Alternatively, could go novice chasing where he should do well


Paul Nicholls

Was fast tracked straight into the Marsh Chase on second start in this country and performed with great promise, travelling strongly for a long way. Obviously well regarded, he could go right to the top this season.


Willie Mullins

Performed with credit last season but looked in need of a step up to 3 miles so assuming he is given the chance could show a fair bit of improvement. Looks on a fair mark so maybe go for a decent handicap. possibly the Ladbroke at Newbury before going back up in class

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