Tote Ten To Follow tips – Ten senior hurdlers who could add valuable points to 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 senior hurdles 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.
Four Grade Ones for hurdlers feature on the list of bonus races in this year’s Tote Ten To Follow. If one of your horses was to claim victory in either the Irish Champion Hurdle, the Champion Hurdle, the Stayers’ Hurdle and the Aintree Hurdle, they will earn a whopping 50 bonus points for your stable, as well as a point score based on their starting price with the Tote.
Here are ten senior hurdlers you should consider picking in your team when Tote Ten To Follow opens for entries.
Tote Ten To Follow Tips – Hurdlers
Gordon Elliott’s mare registered a surprising flop on her reappearance at Navan, falling to a disappointing defeat to Bacardys when carrying odds of 1/4 to post. After veterinary examinations offered no explanation for her performance, some have said this is the end for Apple’s Jade. Yet, Elliott’s mare is a ten-time Grade One winner and could be a vital cog in any stable, providing her trainer can arrest her recent slump.
BENIE DES DIEUX
Another risky pick, considering Benie Des Dieux may go to Cheltenham fresh for the second year in a row. However, Willie Mullins’ mare has proven she’s a hurdler of the highest calibre and would certainly be returning as a two-time Mares’ Hurdle winner, was it not for that fateful fall at the final fight. There’s even a slim chance she could go for the Stayers’ Hurdle, should Mullins wish to shuffle his deck, so it could be well-worth selecting Benie Des Dieux in your team.
Nicky Henderson’s star bounced back from a fall at Cheltenham and defeat to Supasundae at Aintree with a fine effort in Ireland, powering to victory in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle. Henderson will have his sights set on a fourth tilt at the Champion Hurdle in March and Buveur D’Air will be amongst the market leaders again. A sneaky tilt at the Irish Champion Hurdle in February will be under consideration too.
ELIXIR DE NUTZ
Last year’s Tolworth Hurdle winner was robbed of the chance to prove his metal in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle after picking up an injury during his prep. Colin Tizzard’s charge is yet to make his return from injury, but when he does, he will remain over hurdles for another campaign and the team are confident this hardy front-runner can shape up into a genuine Champion Hurdle contender.
Honeysuckle swept aside all before her as a novice last season, rounding off her unbeaten season with a sparkling victory in the Grade One for first-season mares at Fairyhouse in April. Henry De Bromhead’s five-year-old looked better than ever when cruising to an eleven-length triumph on her reappearance and I’d be disappointed if she didn’t collect at least one Grade One this term. A tilt at the Mares’ Hurdle in March could be followed by an ambitious bid in with the boys in the Aintree Hurdle. Honeysuckle would not look out of place in that sort of company.
IF THE CAP FITS
On his first start over three miles, Harry Fry’s charge survived a final flight error to successfully hold off Roksana and Apple’s Jade in a thrilling renewal of the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree. If The Cap Fits made a winning start to this season when carrying a penalty to victory in the Ascot Hurdle, and will now butt heads with Paisley Park in all of the best staying hurdles races throughout the regular season. Their clash in next year’s Stayers’ Hurdle is a mouth-watering prospect.
Unbeaten as a novice last season, claiming Grade One victories at Leopardstown, Cheltenham and Punchestown in excellent fashion during the spring. Klassical Dream’s 100% record was shattered in the recent Morgiana Hurdle, but Klassical Dream wouldn’t have been suited by the slow pace of that Grade One and should come on leaps and bounds for the run. I still think he’s the top-dog in the two-mile division.
Paisley’s Park ascent to the top of the staying ranks started at Aintree last autumn, where he won a handicap rated 140. Emma Lavelle’s stable star ended the campaign on a stunning mark of 169, having powered to victory in the JLT Hurdle, the Cleeve Hurdle and the Stayers’ Hurdle. Progressed beyond all expectations last season and there’s no reason why he can’t improve even further. The one to beat over three miles.
Travelled to Cheltenham on the back of a solitary maiden victory at Plumpton and scored a surprise victory in the Triumph Hurdle shouldering odds of 20/1. Proved that victory was no fluke at Aintree, defeating Fakir D’Oudairies to win his second Grade One. Another two-mile hurdler for Nicky Henderson to nurture and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Pentland Hills and up in the Champion Hurdle in the spring.
Jessica Harrington’s charge has proven wonderfully consistent over recent seasons, running mainly in races of the highest calibre. Supasundae has won three Grade Ones in the last two seasons, scoring in the Irish and Punchestown Champion Hurdles in 2018, before upsetting Buveur D’Air to win the Aintree Hurdle in the spring. Would be a useful addition to anyone’s Tote Ten To Follow stable.