PAUL FERGUSON

Harry Fry’s young­ster kicks off Paul’s 10 to fol­low this win­ter

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Top tip­ster gives his ten to fol­low in the win­ter sea­son

BULLIONAIRE (HARRY FRY)

Harry Fry was dealt a dev­as­tat­ing blow dur­ing Au­gust, when his po­ten­tially high­class novice chaser Neon Wolf died and it is very much hoped that the trainer en­joys a fruit­ful cam­paign and is able to un­earth an­other fu­ture star or two.

He has two or three nice prospects for novice hur­dles, the pick of which could be New­bury win­ner Bullionaire, who im­pressed with the way he trav­elled en route to win­ning the valu­able Goffs UK Spring Sales Bumper. The four-year-old moved pur­pose­fully to lead and ap­peared to have the race sewn up from halfway up the home straight. Bred to ap­pre­ci­ate fur­ther, he might want 2m4f to be seen at his best this sea­son, but he looks a nice longterm prospect.

CAP­TAIN MCGARRY (GRAEME MCPHER­SON)

A four-length win­ner on de­but in a Kemp­ton bumper dur­ing March, Cap­tain McGarry looks an­other nice prospect for mid­dle-dis­tance novice hur­dles this sea­son. Trainer Graeme McPher­son wouldn’t one you would nec­es­sar­ily as­so­ciate with bumper win­ners, which fur­ther adds to the prom­ise, while the run­ner-up came out and won a South­well bumper – al­beit a weak one – by 26 lengths next time.

A five-year-old by Os­car, there is plenty of stamina in his pedi­gree and he was strong in­side the fi­nal fur­long, sug­gest­ing that he will flourish as he goes up in trip.

DORT­MUND PARK (GORDON EL­LIOTT)

The win­ner of two AQPS races, lat­terly in the Grand Prix des AQPS at Nantes in June – the French Cham­pion Bumper – Dort­mund Park was sub­se­quently pur­chased by Gig­gin­stown House Stud and he rates a re­ally ex­cit­ing prospect for 2m novice hur­dles.

An im­pos­ing son of Great Pre­tender, he trav­elled pur­pose­fully on both oc­ca­sions and he left a last­ing im­pres­sion with the man­ner in which he fin­ished at Nantes, where he ap­peared full of run­ning when cross­ing the line. Clearly not short of pace, he looks one to have on­side over the min­i­mum trip once sent hur­dling by Gordon El­liott and he could de­velop into a very smart novice.

FINIAN’S OS­CAR (COLIN TIZZARD)

The win­ner of a cou­ple of Grade 1 novice hur­dles last sea­son – the Tol­worth at Sandown in Jan­uary and at Ain­tree on Grand Na­tional day – Finian’s Os­car is now very much one to look for­ward to in the novice chase di­vi­sion.

An impressive win­ner of his sole start in the Ir­ish Point-to-Point sphere, the fiveyear-old looked a shade un­lucky in his bid for a Grade 1 tre­ble at Punchestown, when he was prob­a­bly sent for home too early and even­tu­ally got out­stayed by an­other smart novice chase prospect, Bac­ardys.

Given the way that race un­folded, he cer­tainly looks quick enough to start off over the min­i­mum trip and he could end up de­vel­op­ing into a con­tender for the Arkle, although the JLT and Man­i­festo are prob­a­bly more likely end-of-sea­son tar­gets for this hugely ex­cit­ing prospect.

PE­TIT MOUCHOIR (HENRY DE BROM­HEAD)

Hav­ing switched yards as part of the split

be­tween Wil­lie Mullins and Gig­gin­stown House Stud, Pe­tit Mouchoir made steady pro­gres­sion dur­ing his sec­ond sea­son over hur­dles, win­ning both the Ryanair Hur­dle and the Ir­ish Cham­pion Hur­dle at Leop­ard­stown.

Third in the Cham­pion Hur­dle it­self at Chel­tenham in March, the grey is now set to em­bark on a novice chase cam­paign and it has to be hoped that he ends up as a lead­ing can­di­date for the Arkle next March. An­other who hails from the Point-to-Point ranks – won his sole start be­tween the flags be­fore win­ning the 2015 Goffs Land Rover Bumper when trained by Gordon El­liott - the six-year-old can make his own run­ning and this will help in small field novice chases.

The Racing Post Novice Chase (Christ­mas Fes­ti­val) and the Ir­ish Arkle (Fe­bru­ary) at Leop­ard­stown are a cou­ple of ob­vi­ous do­mes­tic tar­gets, hope­fully en route back to Chel­tenham.

RAVENHILL ROAD (BRIAN EL­LI­SON)

A six-year-old chest­nut by Exit To Nowhere, Ravenhill Road re­ally im­pressed me when win­ning his maiden point by 15 lengths in May of last year and he duly made a wide-mar­gin win­ning Rules de­but in a Mar­ket Rasen bumper last Oc­to­ber.

De­spite show­ing dis­tinct signs of green- ness – looked awk­ward around the tight track and hung up the straight – he ran out a tak­ing win­ner and again im­pressed when fol­low­ing up un­der a penalty at Don­caster in late-Novem­ber. A set­back forced him to miss the re­main­der of the sea­son, but he is ex­pected to re­turn this au­tumn and, whilst his long-term fu­ture lies over fences, he should make his mark as a stay­ing novice hur­dler this term. He looks an out-and-out gal­loper.

RED JACK (NOEL MEADE)

A win­ner at Naas on de­but, Red Jack was then pur­chased by JP McManus and he eas­ily made it two from two in bumpers

in tak­ing fash­ion at Fairyhouse over Easter. The form of his de­but suc­cess could hardly have worked out any bet­ter – run­ner-up De­buchet won twice and fin­ished sec­ond in the Cham­pion Bumper while the third Le Richebourg has al­ready won three times over hur­dles – and Red Jack now rates a very ex­cit­ing prospect for 2m novice hur­dles.

If Noel Meade can get him out in the early weeks of the sea­son, he could be one for the Royal Bond Novice Hur­dle back at Fairyhouse and he should be ex­pected to take high rank this term.

SAMCRO (GORDON EL­LIOTT)

The win­ner of all three starts in bumpers last sea­son, Samcro rates a top-class prospect for novice hur­dles this time aound. Hav­ing won in poor vis­i­bil­ity at Punchestown, the five-year-old fol­lowed up in a Listed event at Na­van, but stepped for­ward con­sid­er­ably when meet­ing bet­ter ground for the first time at Fairy- house’s Easter Fes­ti­val.

The Ger­many chest­nut had ear­lier beaten El­e­gant Es­cape – won twice over hur­dles for Colin Tizzard last sea­son – in a maiden point at Monks­grange and it will be a shade dis­ap­point­ing if he doesn’t turn out to be Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val ma­te­rial.

TRUCK­ERS LODGE (TOM GE­ORGE)

Whilst most peo­ple were fo­cused on the Grand Na­tional and the Grade 1 ac­tion from Ain­tree, Tom Ge­orge was re­spon­si­ble for the win­ners of both di­vi­sions of the Chep­stow bumper. Di­vi­sion two looked the stronger event on pa­per and it was won in tak­ing fash­ion by Truck­ers Lodge.

The Westerner five-year-old trav­elled pow­er­fully on the front end and forged clear in fine style, once chal­lenged by the smooth-trav­el­ling run­ner-up. Given the stamina in his pedi­gree and the fact that he won an Ir­ish Point-to-Point (dead-heated with Em­pire Burleque on his sec­ond start in that sphere), Truck­ers Lodge might need 2m4f or fur­ther once sent jump­ing and it is worth not­ing that Ge­orge used the same bumper to in­tro­duce The Worlds End 12 months ear­lier.

VI­SION DES FLOS (COLIN TIZZARD)

Rep­re­sent­ing the same lead­ing con­nec­tions of Finian’s Os­car, Vi­sion des Flos won the Goffs Land Rover Bumper when trained by Robert Tyner and he rates an­other smart prospect for novice hur­dles.

De­spite racing a shade keenly in the early part of the race, the four-year-old im­pressed with how he breezed to the front and he knuck­led down well once asked to put the race to bed, even­tu­ally win­ning by just a neck. The son of Balko should have learned plenty for that ini­tial race­course ex­pe­ri­ence and can be ex­pected to step for­ward once go­ing hur­dling in the com­ing months.

Pe­tit Mouchoir

Bullionaire

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