Paul Ferguson's Jumpers To Follow 2024-2025

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Now in its 18th year of publication, Jumpers To Follow is not only an essential tool to help guide you through the upcoming season but...

Now in its 18th year of publication, Jumpers To Follow is not only an essential tool to help guide you through the upcoming season but can be used a reference point for seasons beyond.

Key Features for 2024-2025 include:

  • British Leading Prospects – Paul’s 30 Leading Prospects from yards across the UK
  • Irish Leading Prospect – Paul’s 20 Leading Prospects from yards in Ireland
  • Irish Extra – additional horses to follow from Across the Irish Sea
  • A View From The Saddle – get the thoughts of eight high-profile jockeys – including Harry Cobden, Sean Bowen, Harry Skelton and Brian Hughes – who nominate their own horses to follow for the season ahead. Note, this year’s interview with Harry Skelton is almost a mini Stable Tour of Dan Skelton’s yard.
  • Point-to-Point Graduates – Paul selects the horses who most caught his attention when racing between the flags last year and are set to embark on a career under Rules
  • News From France – details of promising horses who have moved to the UK or Ireland
  • Top-Class Performers – a look at the more well-known and high-profile National Hunt horses and how each division looks ahead of the new campaign
  • Big-Race Trends – in the format of the Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide, Paul takes a look at a dozen races throughout the season from a trends/statistical viewpoint
  • Experts’ Picks – a horse to follow from a number of industry experts

THE 2023-2024 EDITION PRODUCED THE FOLLOWING GEMS:

LEADING PROSPECTS included:

  • Ballyburn “….is bred to relish a stiffer test of stamina and as he learns to race more professionally, is likely to improve as he goes up in distance. He could well develop into a leading contender for the Ballymore” – Ballyburn won the Gallagher Hurdle (formerly the Ballymore) in March (available at 7-1 at the time of publication)
  • Dysart Enos – “Having improved appreciably with each start, she now rates a hugely exciting prospect for novice hurdles against her own sex” won all three starts over hurdles
  • Kateira “Blessed with a good turn of foot, she is currently rated 138 and can progress again this season” won a Premier Handicap at Aintree’s Grand National Meeting at 5/1
  • Nemean Lion “Given how he travels, he should be well-suited by a strongly-run race and could be capable of rating a good bit higher than his current mark of 135” won the Welsh Champion Hurdle at 3/1 on first start and was rated as high as 151 after success in the Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle
  • Sir Gino “is in training with Nicky Henderson and could develop into a high-class juvenile” unbeaten over hurdles and landed the Grade 1 Anniversary Hurdle at Aintree

IRISH EXTRA included:

  • SIX individual Grade 1 winners, including three multiple Grade 1-winning horses in Fact To File, Mystical Power and Spillane’s Tower. 
  • THREE Cheltenham Festival winners, with the winners of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase and National Hunt Chase. 

NEWS FROM FRANCE included Grade 1 winners Kargese and Il Est Francais, as well as Grade 2 winner Kala Conti.

POINT-TO-POINT GRADUATES included:

  • Champion Bumper second and third, Romeo Coolio and Jalon D’oudairies
  • Grade 2-winning novice hurdlers Kerryhill and Shanagh Bob 
  • Wingmen – won twice in bumpers, including at the Punchestown Festival at 18/1

BREEDING ANGLES included: 

  • Reading Tommy Wrong “despite the stamina on the dam’s side of his pedigree, he looks to be blessed with plenty of pace” – won Grade 1 Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle at 16/1
PUBLISHED FRIDAY, 13TH SEPTEMBER