RESTRICTED TO THE FIRST 200 SUBSCRIBERS (ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS) Paul’s weekly updates are full of general analysis and insight.
Published online from mid-October onwards
Read Paul's weekly update which includes:
LEADING PROSPECTS read Paul’s thoughts on any Leading Prospects due to run that week, details such as course, ground, opposition etc.
PREVIOUS WEEK’S REVIEW read Paul’s thoughts on those Leading Prospects who had been in action the previous week, plus any horses who took his eye, those being winners and/or beaten horses.
PADDOCK NOTES obviously last season was a little different and Paul didn’t go racing quite as much as usual, but his notes from the paddock have proven to be very useful in the past. Indeed, after attending Perth in September 2019, Paul included both Don’t Shout (won next time out at 4-1) and Darsi In The Park (won next time out at 25-1) in his first update of the season.
STABLE VISITS often on the road at various stables, Paul will highlight any horses who catch the eye, either in how they move or simply just from a physical perspective. He spent a week on the road prior to last season and his very first update included a full rundown of those who took the eye. It was an update which provided plenty of subsequent success.
RESULTS FROM 2020-2021 Online Updates:
- Update no 1 (September 2020)
“I spent a full morning at Ditcheat, where Monmiral (a horse who features in the News From France section of the book) really took my eye. Although he has plenty of filling out to do, he is a very good looker and although he could easily do well in juvenile hurdles this winter, I think that he is very much a long-term prospect. It could be that in two years’ time, we are talking about this horse as an exciting novice chaser, and he is certainly one to monitor very closely.” Monmiral was unbeaten in four starts, culminating in Gr1 success at Aintree
“After a couple of weeks off, I was back on the road in September, and visited Alastair Ralph’s Shropshire stables. Again, it was a yard which appeared to home several interesting un-raced horses, with the pick (on both looks and with the grace with which he moved) being Iontach Cheval, a four-year-old by Dunaden.” Iontach Cheval won at the third time of asking in bumpers, at a huge 40/1 (Bangor, April)
“Of the newcomers to the yard Bareback Jack looks a nice recruit and he almost made the Point-to-Point Graduates section of the book this year, so I will be interested to see how he progresses.” Bareback Jack won his first three starts for Donald McCain 100/30, 4/9F & 5/2
“Herbiers is an interesting recruit from France, having finished fourth behind the exciting Happy Day in an AQPS race at Vichy, after which he was successful at Moulins. He will be campaigned in juvenile hurdles.” Herbiers (Oliver Greenall) won three times from five starts over hurdles, 7/2, 12/1 & 15/2
- Update no 23 (February 2021)
“ Soaring Glory was declared to run in the Betfair Hurdle, and an extra week might improve his chance, should the weather forecast be correct (looks dry during the second half of next week). I don’t think he wants really bad ground, but he remains potentially well handicapped on a mark 133. That extra week means that Ballyandy could enter the equation again as top-weight (as entries reverted to five-day stage) although it is hoped that he doesn’t run, otherwise Jonjo O’Neill Jnr would likely miss the ride due to his weight. I would expect a big run if he turns up.” Soaring Glory won the Betfair Hurdle (17/2)
- Update no 29 (31 March 2021)
“Looking further ahead, Milkwood interests me in the ante-post market for the Scottish Champion Hurdle, which comes up two weeks on Saturday from Ayr. Up 2lbs for his third in the County at Cheltenham, he looks capable of winning a valuable prize on good ground, and the weather forecast could be kind to him. His fourth in the Welsh Champion Hurdle (off just 1lb lower) reads well, and whilst the conditional jockeys’ race would be an option at Aintree, this valuable prize would look the ideal target (should the sun continue to shine). Currently 12-1 (SkyBet, who are paying ¼ odds to 4 places), several of those ahead of him in the betting could go elsewhere, so he could easily be much shorter come the day. Buzz is expected to head to Aintree, whilst Houx Gris has also been mentioned as a possible for the Grade 1 juvenile at the Grand National meeting. Soaring Glory isn’t expected to run again this season, and I think Ajero could be another to go elsewhere. He likes racing right-handed, but if chanced this way around, I think that it could be in the Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree. If conditions are right for Milkwood, I could see him running a very big race and his current odds look more than fair. It could be worth waiting to see the entries come through for Aintree this weekend, and I will certainly be monitoring the situation.” Milkwood won the Scottish Champion Hurdle (3/1)
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Now in its 15th year, Paul Ferguson’s Jumpers To Follow is an essential tool to guide you through the autumn and winter, and into the spring. Not only will it whet the appetite for the upcoming National Hunt season, but it will keep you informed throughout the whole campaign.
Paul continues to add to the list of top-class jockeys who contribute and this year’s addition is a big one. For the first time, Jumpers To Follow readers will get the lowdown from Patrick Mullins, who was again crowned Champion Amateur in Ireland, having ridden a whole host of hugely exciting bumper horses. He is, of course, also an integral part of the team at his Dad’s (Willie Mullins) stable.
With sections covering French imports and former Point-to-Pointers, to trends and statistics on a dozen feature races spanning from November to February, there really is something for everyone inside Jumpers To Follow.
This year’s Foreword has been written by Grade 1-winning trainer Olly Murphy.
What’s inside this year’s edition...
- PAUL'S 40 LEADING PROSPECTS for the 2021-2022 National Hunt season
- ACROSS THE SEA – a further 20 horses to follow from Ireland
- AROUND THE YARDS – Paul’s personal view (not trainer comments) on horses from more than 65 stables from around the UK
- POINT-TO-POINT GRADUATES – the pick of the recruits from between the flags
- A VIEW FROM THE SADDLE – horses to follow from leading jockeys, including NEW FOR THIS SEASON, PATRICK MULLINS
- CHEVELEY PARK STUD – Richard Thompson again provides the lowdown on their powerful string
- BIG-RACE TRENDS – trends and analysis in the format of the Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide
- TOP-CLASS PERFORMERS – Paul’s view of the leading performers in each of the key divisions
- NEWS FROM FRANCE – details of French recruits to British and Irish yards
- 5 Cheltenham Festival winners
- Betfair Hurdle winner (17/2)
- Multiple winners, inc Ajero (won 4 times)
Around The Yards:
- Aquila Sky (Sam Allwood) won twice 9/1 & 9/2
- Flying Sara (Jack Barber) run once, won 4/1
- A Large One Please (Oliver Greenall) *** 33/1 winner ***
- Corrieben Reiver (Alistair Whillans) won 9/1
- Defuture Is Bright (Christian Williams) won 5/2 (from 16-1) “He could be interesting off his current mark of 101. I would certainly expect him to improve once sent chasing.”
- Five Star Getaway (Christian Williams) won 3 times, inc 8/1 to 2/1F “….currently rated 94……could be capable of significant improvement once upped in trip over fences.” Three wins later, he was rated 135
News From France (only featured 7 horses from France who ran in UK / Ireland):
- MONMIRAL (won all 4 races including the Anniversary at Aintree)
- QUILIXIOS (won 4 times, including the Triumph Hurdle)
Cheveley Park Stud, Richard Thompson:
- QUILIXIOS “…..at this stage, the hope is that he develops into a Triumph Hurdle candidate….” Won the Triumph Hurdle
- SIR GERHARD “…..another of our big hopes……he is likely to be campaigned in bumpers this season.” Won the Champion Bumper
- SIR GERHARD (winner of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper) “Elliott likes to target the bumper at Down Royal’s big meeting, so that could be an option (won that race on his debut under Rules)……he could conceivably be the horse that attempts to provide the owners with their third straight win in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper (available at 33/1 pre-season).”
- STAR GATE (Evan Williams) won twice, 5/1 on debut and in the Gr2 Winter Novices’ Hurdle (5/4F)
- ALLAHO “Although it is difficult to say that he ‘doesn’t stay’ as he has finished placed in an Albert Bartlett and the RSA, given his positive way of racing, allowing him to bowl along over 2m4f – 2m5f might be the best way forward.” Paul added “The Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase at Thurles would be another good option for him in the New Year.” Won that race (10/11F) before making all to produce a devastating performance in the Ryanair Chase (3/1F) under those tactics discussed