With 15 of the 21 bonus races in this season's Ten To Follow being chases, it's vital that your stable has a good mix of chasers in the pack.
From the Champion Chase over two miles to the Grand National over more than four, you'll need a good spread to help you target some of the biggest point scoring opportunities of the season.
We've taken a look at five names to include from both sides of the Irish Sea...
Trainer: Willie Mullins
Willie Mullins loveable grey certainly divides opinion. There is a huge amount of ability, but that is mixed with a touch of unpredictability. Having wiped out half the field in the 2020 Supreme Novices hurdle and then falling on 2 of his first 3 chase starts; his connections could have been forgiven for throwing in the towel. However, the ever-patient Closutton team have persisted and were rewarded with much better showings in the Flogas at the Dublin Racing Festival and then at Cheltenham in the Marsh Chase. A win in handicap company at the Punchestown Festival will have done a lot for his confidence and he could be well suited to the top-level handicap chases, where the big fields and stronger pace could help his concentration.
Trainer: Joseph O’Brien
Hard to believe that he is still only a 6-year-old, but Fakir D’oudairies continues to find improvement and more than held his own in open company last season. Having chased home Chacun Pour Soi in the Dublin Chase, he produced a career best when 2nd to Allaho in the Ryanair at the Cheltenham Festival. Having gained a deserved Grade 1 victory in the Marsh Chase at Aintree, he finished his season with a 3rd placed finish in the Punchestown Gold Cup behind Clan des Obeaux and Al Boum Photo. Incredibly consistent, it is fair to say that he is likely to improve again this year as he continues to mature and is a lively outsider for the top-level chases.
Trainer: Paul Nicholls
If he hadn't already taken the mantle of the people's horse thanks to his exploits in the King George last season, then starting the new campaign by going and winning the Champion Chase at Down Royal, now means he's loved by Jumps fans on both sides of the Irish Sea.
With Bryony Frost in the saddle, the pair have created an inseparable bond and a no-die attitude that no other horse and jockey have been able to replicate over the last few years. As a racehorse, Frodon gives you everything, and it's hard to believe that he's still only 9yo, yet seemingly still improving.
As a Ten To Follow player, Frodon is a great pick as not only is he likely to compete in some of the biggest races throughout the season, but he tends to run regularly, and that means more chance of picking up those all important points for your stable.
Trainer: Henry De Bromhead
The Gold Cup hero is sure to pick up plenty of points this season, and if you want focus on horses that will target some of the bonus races, then you'd be hopefully of Minella Indo running in plenty of those along the way.
He's already started the new season with a run at Down Royal, but his route to success at Cheltenham last season also included runs in the Savills Chase and the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown, with all three races on the Ten To Follow bonus list this season. Along with those three runs, his early season prep included victories at Wexford and Navan, meaning it was busy campaign for Henry de Bromhead's star with five runs in total, something which is all important if you want to maximise your points scoring.
The feature event at the Cheltenham Festival is sure to be his target again, so if he takes the same route that worked so well just 12 months ago, he's a name you don't want to be leaving out.
Trainer: Nicky Henderson
The Irish dominated the big races last season, but there is one British-trained horse that simply can't be left out of your Ten To Follow stable and that is Shishkin.
He practically flew the flag for the UK at the Cheltenham Festival last season, and given he seems to thrive on his racing, you can expect him to pick up the points once again this season. After already landing the Supreme and the Arkle, he'll be targeting the Champion Chase this term and is likely to go for the Tingle Creek before then.
Both of those are bonus races, which is music to our ears, and so too is the fact that Shishkin also went on to success at Aintree last season, where more points could await if he follows a similar path this time.
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