The OLPT Horse tracker is here to keep you informed of those horses who are expected to be in the winners enclosure sooner rather than later. We will bring you an in depth description of exactly why we feel this way, as well as keeping you up to date through our website and social media of when the horse is next entered or declared
Trainer: Richard Fahey
This lightly raced 4yo bay gelding from the R A Fahey stable is certainly a winner in waiting, this horse ticks all our boxes. In our opinion this horse should be aimed at Newcastle 7f where the stable has a great record of 20 Winners and 35 Placed efforts, arguably their most successful course.
Trainer: Stuart Williams
This 5yo chestnut gelding is a bit of a course specialist, with his best Win & Placed efforts coming here, in our opinion this horse should be aimed at Newcastle 5f where his handicap mark has tumbled 20lb since been beaten on the line at c/d around 12 Months ago, bearing in mind he still is a 5yo regression may have set in a touch, but not to the level of 20lb.
Trainer: Lawrence Mullaney
This 4yo grey gelding is on a very favourable mark 10lb lower than this time last year when beaten on the line at Newcastle 5f in a very fast time for his class, so in our opinion this horse should be aimed at Newcastle 5f or Southwell 5f as we believe there is a connection between the 2 tracks.
Trainer: Tony Carroll
This 5yo bay gelding is a bit off an oddity, as hurdle form translated to flat form is around 35lb in most cases, but with this horse we see his latest hurdles rating of 136 and his flat/all-weather rating of 65 has a 71lb Difference! granted the 35lb difference between the two ratings isn’t science but just an average industry guide, and sometimes horses may have a preference for hurdles over the flat or vice versa. However we can’t ignore that mammoth difference which was demonstrated when winning at Wolverhampton 12f as he liked off a mark of (62) as a 3yo two years ago, he is as good as ever hurdle wise, but could easily pop up over distance races at Wolverhampton soon and is also worth keeping an eye on over Hurdles.
Trainer: Venetia Williams
Fanion D’Estruval looks sure to enter the winner’s enclosure sometime soon having run two eye-catching efforts at Cheltenham this season. Jumping errors cost him against Magic Saint first time out and he fell when cruising against the likes of Mister Fisher and Kalashnikov when upped in trip on his most recent start. 2 ½ miles looks his trip and should he brush up on the odd jumping error, he can get his head in front in the near future.
Trainer: Neil Mulholland
Any News looks a horse to follow for Neil Mulholland. An easy winner of both a bumper and novice hurdle, Any News ran a big race in defeat at Cheltenham on his latest start. He jumped and travelled like the best horse in the race and pinged the last to lead coming up the hill. He ultimately ran out of steam and went down to the promising Make Me A Believer, whom he was giving weight to. They pulled well clear of the third so both horses would appear useful novices. Despite not winning, it was an encouraging performance and he’s one to follow entering handicap company off a mark of 142.
Trainer: Nicky Henderson
Mister Coffey could not have been more impressive on his seasonal reappearance. Racing extremely keenly in the rear throughout, he came swinging into the Sandown straight and cruised into an effortless lead before jumping the last and romping to victory. Subsequently raised 10lbs, Mister Coffey disappointed, finishing third to the progressive Benson. He was given far too much to do that day and was unable to quicken on the testing ground. A mark of 138 looks to underestimate his talents. A return to a sounder surface will suit and he’s one to watch out for in some of the big 2 to 2 ½ mile hurdles. He may be lined up for something like the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.
Trainer: Nick Mitchell
Lieutenant Rocco ran a huge race when the outsider of four at Cheltenham on his most recent start. He split two talented horses in Fusil Raffles, a grade 1 winning juvenile and Chantry House, last year’s third in the Supreme. Striding on from the front, Lieutenant Rocco looked the winner 2 out but couldn’t quicken with Fusil Raffles up the hill. Once stepped up in trip, Lieutenant Rocco can win some valuable races.
Trainer: Nick Williams
Agrapart made an eye catching return to form when 4th in a handicap at Cheltenham over just shy of 3 miles. Rated 154 at his best, there is surely races to be won off his current mark of 145. The Cheltenham 4th came on soft ground but you wouldn’t have said it was a bog. Agrapart thrives in the mud and should conditions come right for him he could be very dangerous off a mark of 145 over 3 miles in staying handicap hurdles.
Trainer: Willie Mullins
2019 Champion Bumper runner up Blue Sari could potentially sneak in under the radar this winter. That Champion Bumper would look particularly strong form with Envoi Allen remaining unbeaten since, picking up a handful of grade 1s in the process. Despite failing to impress over hurdles so far, a mark of 140 could well underestimate his talent. I’m sure Willie and JP will have a valuable 2-mile handicap hurdle in mind.
Trainer: Willie Mullins
Last season’s Martin Pipe seventh looks a horse to follow now he’s been sent chasing. Physically he looks to have the scope for a fence and Willie has always seen him as a chaser in the making. You can mark up his effort in the Martin Pipe a fair bit after a terrible mistake at the fourth. Given his lesser profile, in a yard full of grade 1 horses, he could be slightly overpriced for a few novices chases and I’d be keeping him on side. He’s got the talent to be a graded chaser.
Trainer: Evan Williams
Smart over hurdles, Coconut Splash has made a smooth transition to fences and caught the eye on both runs so far this season. On chase debut he placed behind the 136 rated Anemoi and most recently behind the talented Messire Des Obeaux. To say he wasn’t given a hard time of it that day would be an understatement. Coconut Splash appeared to have a bit more left in the tank and I’m certain a mark of 131 underestimates his ability especially once upped in trip to 3 miles.
Trainer: Dan Skelton
Protektorat has taken to fences like a duck to water and looks sure to play a big part in graded novice chases for the rest of the season. The form of his two chase wins to date looks particularly strong. He beat the now 147 rated Malystic by a cosy 7 lengths before going on to stuff Southfield Stone and Paint The Dream around Cheltenham. Malystic has gone on to win his next two starts whilst both Southfield Stone and Paint The Dream have solid form in the book. I expect Protektorat to pick up some graded chases before the season is out, potentially starting with the Grade 2 Dipper at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.
Trainer: Joseph O’Brien
Sixth in last season’s Albert Bartlett, Sempo has been sent novice chasing this season. A faller at the first on chase debut, Sempo plugged on for third at Leopardstown over 2m5f. He made a few novicey mistakes and jumped right at times early on but warmed to the task nicely. He wasn’t given a hard time that day and with the Albert Bartlett looking particularly strong form I believe there are races to be won with Sempo once upped in trip to 3 miles and back to a right-handed track.