Jump Season 2022: Andy Holding’s 10 Juvenile Hurdlers to Follow

Jump Season 2022: Andy Holding’s 10 Juvenile Hurdlers to Follow

Andy Holding picks out 10 juvenile hurdlers to follow ahead of the Jump Season, which gets underway at Chepstow tomorrow.

Jump Season 2022 - 10 Horses to Follow

With the National Hunt season proper about to get underway at Chepstow this weekend, it’s time to focus on horses who could make an impact during the winter months. Rather than go down the obvious route, I’d like to highlight one or two that may be capable of fashioning a future in the juvenile hurdling category. 

Obviously, there’s a certain amount of speculation attached to this list but, with their profiles and pedigrees suggesting that may have what it takes to make the grade, they are worth noting if current or their next set of connections (a good deal depends on the October Horses-In-Training Sale) decide to bite the bullet. 

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Nusret

Current Trainer - Joseph O’Brien

This son of Golden Horn rates an automatic qualifier based on the fact he’s trained by a man synonymous with juvenile hurdlers and owned by one of the most powerful set of connections in the National Hunt game. 

Although he’s only managed to win a maiden until now, his last two performances in top-class staying handicaps have been better than the bare form suggests (got no run whatsoever at Leopardstown last time out) and it would come as no surprise if he’s already been popped over a few poles at Owning Hill. 

Hamaki

Current Trainer - William Haggas

Another owned by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, so there’s every chance this fella will be sent over hurdles – maybe to Nicky Henderson. Given way too much to do at Windsor on his latest start, he’s better judged on his performance when scoring at Ascot previously and his overall levels of form suggest he could be an interesting recruit if switching his attentions to eight flights of hurdles. 

Perseus Way

Current Trainer - Owen Burrows 

A late-maturing son of Sea The Stars, his recent victory at Newbury was backed up by a smart speed figure and it was a performance that strongly suggested he’s just beginning to thrive. 

Owned by a keen National Hunt enthusiast who has enjoyed plenty of success with Gary Moore, it would come as no surprise if his popular yellow colours were carried with distinction by this scopey chestnut throughout the winter months. 

Greatness Awaits

Current Trainer - Mick Channon

Finally gained due rewards for a series of near misses with a convincing success at Epsom recently and he looks the type who could have a future over hurdles. Entered in the upcoming Tattersalls HIT Sale at Newmarket, one would imagine he will attract quite a bit of interest from the jumping boys, being a tall, scopey individual who handles soft ground and stays well. 

La Pulga

Current Trainers - Harry & Roger Charlton 

Another with a progression profile on the Flat, who got off the mark over 1m6f on his latest outing and is entered in the HIT Sale. Seemingly improving with greater stamina tests, the son of Kodiac will no doubt be on quite a few tick lists when coming under the hammer. 

Vee Sight

Current Trainer - Ralph Beckett

Has run better than his finishing position has suggested on his last two starts, leaving the impression both times he would be seen to better advantage over further than 1m2f. Whether he ends up in the hands of a National Hunt trainer or not following the HIT sale, he remains one to keep on side whatever the destination. 

Zoffman

Current Trainer - Noel Meade

No need for a trainer switch here as his handler is one of the leading lights of the Irish Racing National Hunt scene. Off the mark recently at The Curragh, the soft ground seemed to really suit the son of Zoffany that day and his combination of speed and stamina should see him do well when he goes over hurdles in the not too distant future.

Age Of Sails

Current Trainer - Gary Moore

Winless in six starts on the Flat for Joseph Parr, the son of Frankel now resides in the care of one of the best trainers when it comes to juvenile hurdlers, so there’s every reason to feel upbeat about him making an impact in his new vocation. Set to make his hurdling debut at Chepstow this weekend, he has the size and scope to hit the ground running. 

Cadmus

Current Trainer - Andrew Balding

A difficult one to judge based on just three runs but, with his best performance coming on his most recent outing at Ascot, he’s clearly improving along the right lines. Impressing with the way he got the job done at the Berkshire track, he will also have a long list of suitors when he comes up for auction at the HIT sale later in the month. 

Cumulonimbus

Current Trainer - Charlie Fellowes

A proper slow-burner, the son of Night Of Thunder has only just begun to hit his straps but on the evidence of both of those recent wins, he seems to be improving at a rapid rate of knots. Seemingly well suited by at least 1m2f and soft ground, again, he’s another who will be a popular choice with the jumping fraternity in the HIT sale.

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