Tote Ten To Follow tips – Ten novice hurdlers to consider selecting in your 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 hurdlers 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.
No novice hurdle races have been chosen as bonus races in this year’s Tote Ten To Follow, so it may be unwise to reserve more than one or two slots in your stable for first season jumpers. However, with an array of Grade One and Twos available to novice hurdlers across Britain and Ireland during the regular season, their contributions could be vital to the success stable.
Here are ten novice hurdlers who could earn your stable some valuable points in this season’s Tote Ten To Follow competition.
Tote Ten To Follow Tips – Novice Hurdlers
Showed plenty of promise in bumpers last season and cruised to victory on his first start over obstacles at Navan earlier this month. Debut victory came over two-and-a-half miles, but there’s no doubting Andy Dufresne looks a guaranteed stayer over three. Races like the Nathaniel Lacy and Partners Hurdle at Leopardstown, and the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham will be on Gordon Elliott’s radar.
Second to Envoi Allen in last year’s Champion Bumper – the form of which is working out extremely well – Blue Sari is yet to make his first start over hurdles. Although Willie Mullins has claimed his youngster could step up beyond the minimum distance, he looked to be full of pace during that impressive bumper campaign and Blue Sari could shape up into a serious challenger in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
An easy winner of a point-to-point, Chantry House made an excellent impression when winning on his bumper debut at Warwick last season. Nicky Henderson revealed his team discussed the possibility of going straight over fences with this powerful young gelding. That would be a highly unusual step to take though, and Chantry House will be a name to watch out for in all the big graded races for novices in England.
Performed with credit throughout her bumper campaign, following Gypsy Island home in the Graded contest for mares at Punchestown. Cruised to impressive victory on first start over hurdles and managed to win a Graded race last time out, despite a terrible blunder three from home. Still has plenty more to offer.
Joseph O’Brien was very patient with this expensive purchase last season, waiting until the Punchestown Festival in April to hand Dlauro his debut. Derek O’Connor’s mount hacked up to win by eleven lengths that day and could have the ability to challenge for Grade One honours over any distance during the upcoming campaign.
Following an unbeaten bumper campaign, culminating in that Champion Bumper triumph, Envoi Allen made a lasting impression on his debut over hurdles. Davy Russell’s mount jumped beautifully throughout, cruising to a six-length triumph without ever coming out of second gear. Envoi Allen will win at least on Grade One this season and could be very hard to beat if he gets to the Ballymore in one piece.
Has already changed hands twice during his short career, costing various connections a combined total of over £800,000. Interconnected ran once for Nicky Henderson last season, finishing just half-a-length behind future Mersey Novices’ Hurdle runner-up Emitom. Remains a novice and will now run out of Dan Skelton’s yard for ambitious owner Darren Yates. Could dine at the top table this season.
McFabulous may have fallen to a surprise defeat on his hurdling debut at Chepstow in October, but it could be worth keeping faith with the Aintree bumper winner. Paul Nicholls’ horses have seemed to need the run during the early stages of this new season and he’s only going to improve as the campaign plays out. Could be one of the best novice hurdlers in England this season.
THE GLANCING QUEEN
Built on a solid fifth in the Champion Bumper by bolting up to win the Grade Two Mares’ Bumper at Aintree, convincingly seeing off Minella Melody and Daylight Katie by almost three lengths. The Glancing Queen looks to have the scope to deal with obstacles easily and Alan King’s mare could be a prime challenger in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle come the spring.
Plugged on to finish a strong third behind Envoi Allen and Blue Sari in the Champion Bumper. Made hurdles debut in the Grade Two Persian War and flew home to beat another promising novice, Fiddlerontheroof by over a length. I doubt Philip Hobbs’ youngster has reached anywhere near his ceiling as a novice and it would be a surprise if Thyme Hill didn’t collect more Graded honours during the rest of the season.