The 2020-2021 Jumps seasoning is kicking into gear and with it, the Tote Ten to Follow competition is upon us. As usual, your task is to pick a stable of ten horses to score as many big race points as possible throughout the season.
Below you’ll find five Bonus Race bankers , who look sure to be heavy hitting scorers in the competition this season, particularly in the all-important Ten to Follow Bonus races.
Nicky Henderson’s Shishkin can develop into a star two miler over fences this season. He was a fantastic novice over hurdles, but looks tailor made for fences and in many ways, he is reminiscent of Sprinter Sacre in physical stature and early ability.
The Arkle at Cheltenham looks the obvious target and he looks sure to take in a few races along the way. If anything were to go wrong over fences, the Champion Hurdle route would be viable. All told, he’s just about the most exciting second season novice anywhere.
Clan Des Obeaux
Paul Nicholls could not have enjoyed a more imposing start to the jumps season, firing in a frightful amount of winners so far. This gives major hope that his big guns will be on song when the big races come around and Clan Des Obeaux looks a good choice to land the King George on Boxing Day, considering how impressive he’s been in winning it the past two years.
A real race-specialist, he may be one to swap out at the transfer window, hopefully with those bonus points secured.
Many thought that Epatante was the beneficiary of a weak two mile hurdling division last season and while that may be the case, the division isn’t looking like it's suddenly going to be filled with superstars.
Her ability to travel, jump and quicken - along with a 7lb mares allowance - means the defending champion is going to be hard to match for any of the boys. There is also the fact that she is still only a six-year-old, so there could be more professionalism and refinement to come from her as a racehorse.
It is perfectly possible that Politologue could run in three Ten to Follow Bonus races this season, including the Champion Chase itself in March; a race he won impressively last season.
The Paul Nicholls trained grey is likely to be an overlooked horse this season, but he is as solid as a rock and his trainer is masterful in his ability to gradually get ageing horses to mature and improve as they get older. Politologue is a proper Grade 1 performer and he looks a horse that could prove valuable for players to have on side.
Al Boum Photo
Willie Mullins has a rare gem on his hands in the form of two-time and defending Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo, who simply must be considered a banker, especially for the second half of the season. He is likely to have a very light early campaign and be geared with one mission in mind - repeating Best Mate’s feat of three Cheltenham Gold Cups.
He has all of the talent required to pull it off. Strategy wise, he may be one that is wise to put into your stable at the transfer window.
The Tote Ten To Follow competition opens for entries on Monday 2nd November, with points scoring starting on Saturday 14th November.