Horse Racing tips: Timeform’s 10 to follow for the 2021/22 jumps season

Names to note as the jumps season revs up a gear.

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Elle Est Belle (Dan Skelton)

Elle Est Belle made four starts last season and she emerged as one of the best of her sex in bumpers having won her first two (including a dead-heat in a listed race at Cheltenham’s November meeting) before hitting the frame in graded company at both the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals in the spring. She is clearly useful and could rack up a sequence in novice hurdles against her own sex in Britain before tackling the best of the Irish in the Dawn Run at the Cheltenham Festival.

Flagrant Delitiep (Robert Walford)

Flagrant Delitiep is a progressive sort who shaped best when narrowly beaten at Wincanton on his final outing of last season. Now rated 135, he will be forced into slightly better company in 2021/22 and will need to keep on improving like he did during the latest season, but he’s still only six and could conceivably be just coming into his own. He also has longer trips to explore having raced exclusively at two and a half miles in his five starts over fences to date.

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Go Dante (Olly Murphy)

Go Dante must be considered an exciting prospect for novice hurdles judged on his pedigree and the excellent impression he created on his sole appearance in bumpers, cantering to a smooth success at Wincanton in March. The Grade 2 bumper at Aintree’s Grand National Festival was considered after that but, in the end, Go Dante was roughed off for the season with his unbeaten record still firmly intact. He could make his hurdling debut at Cheltenham on Friday and is one to be interested in.

My Drogo (Dan Skelton)

My Drogo improved with every start in novice hurdles and he ended the campaign as the best in the division in Britain after extending his winning sequence to four with an easy victory in a Grade 1 at Aintree’s Grand National Festival. A proper chasing type on looks, he is likely to develop into a leading contender for a race such as the Marsh Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The Gold Cup is a long-term ambition and he is potentially the best horse Dan Skelton has trained.

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My Drogo Marsh Novices Chase (Antepost)

Oscar Elite (Joe Tizzard)

Oscar Elite ran six times in his first season over hurdles, winning novice events at Chepstow on his first two outings before taking another step forward to fill the runner-up spot in the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival. For Oscar Elite to do that in a campaign when his trainer’s string was struggling looks significant, and he has the pedigree/physique to suggest he can develop into a leading staying novice chaser. He could make his chasing debut at Cheltenham on Saturday.

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Remastered (David Pipe)

Remastered enters the new season as one of the most exciting staying chasers to emerge from Pond House for a number of years. He made a fine impression as a novice, producing his best effort when ploughing through the soft ground to win the Reynoldstown at Ascot in February. He begins his second season over fences from a BHA mark of 146 and could be well treated with the big staying handicap chases in mind, particularly when the mud is flying.

Sam Barton (Emma Lavelle)

Sam Barton shaped with bundles of promise in his novice hurdling season, including when last seen finishing fourth in the EBF Final at Sandown in March. That is typically an informative contest and he was perhaps the best long-term prospect in the latest edition. A big, strong gelding, Sam Barton will have learned plenty from the experience gained last season and he is expected to climb high in the novice chasing division – he could make his debut over fences on Friday’s card at Cheltenham.

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Secret Reprieve (Evan Williams)

Secret Reprieve narrowly missed the cut for the 2021 Grand National, but he is likely to be aimed at that race this time around and has all the attributes to be a leading player. He showed as much when hosing up in the rearranged Welsh Grand National at Chepstow in January, keeping going well in the straight to win by three lengths in comfortable fashion. He jumps fluently and travels strongly, so could be worth a long-term interest for the Aintree showpiece.

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Secret Reprieve Grand National (Antepost)

Shallwehaveonemore (Gary Moore)

Shallwehaveonemore ran out an impressive winner of a Kempton bumper in March, quickening clear in the straight to win by four and a half lengths. The same race was won by none other than Shishkin in 2019 and it looks to have unveiled another exciting prospect in the shape of Shallwehaveonemore. He represents the same connections as the very smart hurdler Goshen and looks sure to make a big impact in novice hurdles at around two miles.

Thyme Hill (Philip Hobbs)

Thyme Hill was a leading contender for the 2021 Stayers’ Hurdle until the week before Cheltenham when a pulled muscle ruled him out of the race. That was hard luck for anyone who’d supported him, but happily it was only a minor setback in the wider scheme of things, and his subsequent success when favourite for the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree underlined that he is likely to be the one to beat amongst Britain’s top staying hurdlers. Hopefully, he’ll make it to Cheltenham this time.

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