Tote Ten To Follow tips – Ten novice chasers to choose in your fantasy stable
With the Tote Ten To Follow competition set to relaunch on Wednesday, we take a look through the list of horses available for selection and highlight ten novice chasers who would make useful additions to your stable.
Tote Ten To Follow is back, with a new and improved modern format and a guaranteed £250,000 up for grabs for paid players. At 8:00pm on Wednesday morning, Tote Ten To Follow officially opened and punters across Britain and Ireland will have been quick to enter their stables into the competition.
Only two novice chases appear on the lists of bonus races in this year’s competition, with the winners of the Arkle and the RSA earning their stable owner an extra 25 points, on top of the 25 awarded for a Grade One victory and a points score based on their starting price ahead of the race. Here are ten first-season chasers who look set to star in the upcoming competition and could earn your stable a whole heap of points.
Tote Ten To Follow Tips – Novice Chasers
Things may not have gone to plan in the Ballymore, where Gordon Elliott’s charge was never travelling, but Battleoverdoyen still enjoyed an excellent novice hurdling campaign. The highlight of which came at Naas in the winter, where the favourite defeated Sam’s Profile to claim the first Grade One of his career. Elliott’s charge is already two-from-two over fences, scored in a Beginners Chase and a Grade Three, and Battleoverdoyen looks well on the road to a prospective tilt at the 2020 RSA.
After kicking off last season with defeats to Defi Du Seuil and Lostintranslation in novice chasing company, Tom George switched Black Op back to hurdles. Things got even worse thereafter, as Black Op was beaten out of sight in the Cleeve Hurdle, Stayers’ Hurdle and the Select Hurdle at Sandown. A return to chasing resulted on an overdue victory at Stratford on his reappearance, as Black Op trounced a decent field by 14 lengths. He’ll remain a novice over fences for the entirety of the upcoming season and should progress up to a very high level.
Opened last season with two victories and a fine second in the Rossington Main, over a two-mile trip which always seemed a little on the short side. Bright Forecast then proved his quality and stamina at Cheltenham, powering up Cleeve Hill to follow City Island and Champ home in the Ballymore. Ben Pauling is confident his five-year-old will take very well to fences and could be the best horse to ever pass through his stable. The future certainly looks bright.
Returned as a second-season novice last autumn and enjoyed a fruitful campaign, winning the Challow Hurdle at Newbury. His runner-up finish in the Ballymore was a little underwhelming, but Nicky Henderson’s charge bounced back in fine style at Aintree, defeating Emitom in the Grade One Mersey Novices’ Hurdle. Champ kicked off his novice chasing campaign with a snug victory at Newbury and will soon be competing for Grade One honours over three miles.
Martin Brassill’s stable star proved he was a horse of the highest calibre at Cheltenham last season, cruising to a convincing victory over Champ in the Grade One Ballymore Novice’s Hurdle. Flopped on his final start at Punchestown, but City Island is expected to take high order over the larger obstacles and could even make a successful step up to three miles.
Joseph O’Brien pitched his juvenile in with older horses in the Supreme at Cheltenham, where Fakir D’Oudairies battled back to place after looking beaten along the back-straight. Two further runner-up finishes followed in Grade Ones within his own age group, losing out narrowly to Pentland Hills and Fusil Raffles. Comfortably saw off Melon with a fine round of jumping on his first start over fences. Could challenge for Grade One honours over both two and two-and-a-half miles. The Arkle will be in Joseph O’Brien’s sights.
Progressed nicely during his first season over hurdles, culminating in a fine victory under top-weight in the big handicap finale at Sandown. Has suffered two defeats at Cheltenham on his first couple of starts over fences. On both occasions, Getaway Trump looked the most likely winner turning in, before telling mistakes down the home straight cost him dearly. His jumping and fitness will improve as the season wears on and Paul Nicholls is a master at helping young chasers improve.
The 2018 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle winner lost her unbeaten career record in the Champion Hurdle last season, where Laurina registered a surprisingly limp performance to finish a well-beaten fourth. Willie Mullins’ mare is clearly a very classy beast and is built more like a gelding than a mare. Laurina jumped brilliantly a showed a smart turn of foot to beat Minella Indo on her chasing debut. She will be a big player in this year’s Arkle
Entered last year’s Albert Bartlett as an unfancied 50/1 shot, but went on to bolt up under Rachel Blackmore and secure an impressive victory. Minella Indo proved that was no fluke at Punchestown three weeks later, powering to a second successive Grade One over three miles. Henry De Bromhead is a master at helping chasers improve and I expect Minella Indo to be even more effective over the larger obstacles. Lost out to Laurina on his first start over fences, but that turned into a half-mile sprint and Minella Indo will be much more suited to tests of stamina. Could be this season’s RSA winner.
Lost his way dramatically last season, as connections tried to make him into a Champion Hurdle horse. Looked much more like the old Samcro that won the 2018 Ballymore on his return over fences earlier this month, powering to a convincing victory over two-and-a-half miles. Once touted as a future Gold Cup winner, Gordon Elliott will have the JLT in mind for Samcro. If those fitness issues are fully behind him and his jumping sharpens up a bit, he’s sure to register at least one Grade One victory during the upcoming campaign.