With the Tote Ten To Follow transfer window now open, players have the opportunity to make two substitutions to their stables for the rest of the season.
Although we started the campaign with over 500 horses to choose from, over the course of the past five months plenty of new horses have thrust themselves into the limelight.
As the window opens, we’ve added over 100 horses to the Ten To Follow competition, available to bring into your stable.
We’ve picked out 10 of the most interesting.
A rare Rich Ricci representative in the UK, Venetia Williams’ charge flattered to deceive last year but has marked himself out as a chaser to follow this term with three comprehensive victories, latterly winning the Grade 2 Peter Marsh Chase by 16 lengths. He has a Gold Cup entry so could seek bonus points there, but looks more likely to take his chance in the National Hunt Chase.
The leading UK hope for the opening race of the Festival, Harry Fry’s charge confirmed his Supreme Novices’ Hurdle credentials at Sandown in January. While the form of the Tolworth Hurdle hasn’t worked out great, there was no denying the visual impression Fry’s gelding left when running away with the Grade 1 prize. Connections would no doubt like plenty of rain between now and Tuesday.
Alan King told Tote he “saw everything he needed to see” when Tritonic bolted up in the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton, and it’s likely that so too, did many punters. A Royal Ascot runner-up on the flat, the son of Sea The Moon looks a proper animal over timber and looks to be the one they all have to beat in the Triumph Hurdle on the Friday of the Festival. There’s a battalion of Irish possibilities he’s yet to face but he’s certainly the pick on all of the UK juveniles.
One of those Irish challengers who will be putting it up to Tritonic is Zanahiyr. A useful performer on the flat in his own right, the switch to the National Hunt sphere has seen him in a new light, winning all three of his runs over hurdles. He’s stepped up in class with each of those, most recently winning the Grade 2 Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle on St Stephen’s Day at Leopardstown. He’ll have a new handler next to his name on his racecard, but he remains one of interest in the Triumph.
Gaillard Du Mesnil
This one changed hands for a cool €250,000 before joining Willie Mullins in November, and while he was a beaten favourite on his Irish debut, he’s hardly looked back since. Two visits to Leopardstown since have seen him run out a nine length winner of a maiden, before a hard battling performance to take a Grade 1 at the Dublin Racing Festival. He’s one of three cornering the market in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and may be a popular sub.
Jack Kennedy was hard at work behind Gaillard Du Mesnil turning for home at Leopardstown, but kept on eye-catchingly when beaten in the 2m6f event. That performance has led many people to mark him out as a potential Albert Bartlett contender. It was the first time he finished outside of the first two in seven runs over hurdles, but it’s possible that the step up to 3m plus the addition of the hill could see him in a better light still at Cheltenham.
While he won’t be going to the Cheltenham Festival, it looks likely that Brahma Bull’s next assignment will be in one of our remaining bonus races. The Rich Ricci-owned, Willie Mullins-trained gelding could either go to Fairyhouse for the Irish Grand National or come over the Aintree event subsequently. He’s undoubtedly in and out, but if he arrived on Merseyside on a going day there’s a chance he could be getting back on the ferry having earned big points.
James Du Berlais
Yet another Willie Mullins contender to mull over when making your Ten To Follow transfers, this one has yet to run for the Closutton maestro. Owned by the ‘Double Green’ team of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, the five-year-old has already won four times in his previous homeland of France and has twice finished second at Grade 1 level. He’s likely to be a big price if he lines up, but he’d certainly be a fascinating contender in the Champion Hurdle, our second bonus race of the week.
The same connections could be represented in the another bonus race at the Festival, with Blue Lord a potential in the County Hurdle. Third to Appreciate It at the Dublin Racing Festival, the six-year-old has now placed in his two Grade 1 assignments since winning his maiden at Punchestown. He has entries in both the Supreme Novices’ and the Ballymore, but the opportunity to exploit a mark of 145 may be too hard to resist for connections.
Victory at the Festival will mean that little bit more to connections of The Shunter, after Emmet Mullins’ Greatwood Hurdle winner lined up a £100,000 bonus with victory in the Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso. He has no fewer than five entries at the Festival, both over hurdles and fences, including the County Hurdle, so it’s anyone’s guess as to where he lines up. A 5lb penalty for that win in the Scottish Borders takes his hurdles mark up to 140, a figure he looks capable of defying.
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Entries are open now, with players able to make changes to their stables up until 10pm on Monday 15th March. Remember, in the event of a dead heat the stable entered earliest will be declared the winner.