10 National Hunt Horses To Add To Your #TWETracker This Season

Porticello

Our first horse to follow is the Gary Moore trained Porticello, who is a French recruit that has been seen once to date when winning a three year old Conditions Hurdle at Auteuil.

Since then he has been snapped up by O S Harris and given to Gary Moore and looks to have a big campaign in the UK, with the Grade One Juvenile Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival the big target.

What makes his run in France so special is the horse back in second has since gone to Paul Nicholls and bolted up on his UK debut and Porticello was a three length victor over him when last meeting.

Big future.

Hubrisko

Next up is a new recruit for Willie Mullins again from France with Hubrisko a massive unknown entity for the top class yard, but from his sole run looks to have plenty of scope to improve.

At Le Lion D'angers back in August 2020 he was a eight length winner of a 1m4f event on the flat and knowing how well Mullins has done with these sorts of horses in the past he is worth keeping an eye on this term.

Lalor

The nine year old Lalor is looking to have a rejuvenated season now with Paul Nicholls and is said to be flying at home with a big handicap in the offing for the strong jumper.

Lalor has been a forgotten horse over the last two years or so since his rise to fame in the sport, but this season we are predicting he can get back to somewhere near his best and land a big event.

The gelding was a horse with superb potential in the 2018/2019 season winning the Grade Two Arkle Trial at Cheltenham in November and from there being one of the favourites to land the Grade One at the festival.

However, after a poor run in the Grade One Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown, he went to the festival in lesser form and ultimately flopped in the Arkle when being pulled up.

The German bred gelding lost his way for a while after that putting in weak performances in defeat at both Aintree and Exeter at it looked like the demise of what could have been a promising career.

However, in January 2020 he was rejuvenated into a stunning third in a three-way photo finish in the Paddy Power Handicap Chase, only being beaten by a short head and he used that run again to finish a good third at the Trials meeting.

With hope for the horse to rebuild his career, it was cut majorly short with vets then diagnosing him with an irregular heartbeat just as he was gaining fitness ahead of the 20/21 season.

He returned this year after over a year off at Aintree and was pulled up in a 3m2f Handicap Chase at the Grand National meeting and then when last seen in May at Newton Abbot down in trip, he was again pulled up.

Nicholls has explained he seems to have him back on the right track and hopefully he can produce that on the track being very nicely handicapped on the best of his form.

Boothill

A forgotten horse and certainly one to put in your trackers this season is the six year old Boothill for trainer Harry Fry who made a big impression on his hurdles debut last season and having not been seen since then could be anything this term.

Set to potentially go novice chasing, the son of Presenting made a lovely start to his career in a point to point when a three length second behind a nice Irish horse.

Just 20 days later, again he was a nice second in another P2P and from there he was bought and given to Fry to train in the UK.

Making his rules debut in February 2020, he got off the mark at the first time of asking in a decent bumper where he saw off the smart Bothwell Bridge by close to five lengths.

Waited on until December to make his hurdles debut he went to Taunton over two miles and was an emphatic winner of Novices' Hurdle.

Having not been seen since then he seems to be a horse with bundles of potential that we are only scratching the surface with.

Ewood Park

A popular horse to put in your trackers for Blackburn fans with Ewood Park for the McNeal family and trainer Olly Murphy looking like a nice horse to take handicapping this term.

The six year old was first seen at Newton Abbot back in October 2020 finishing a fair fourth in a decent bumper, really learning a lot for that experience.

He was stepped up to hurdles shortly after his bumper run and unfortunately unseated on debut, but managed to get all the way round next time out at Newcastle in a Maiden Hurdle.

The gelding was last seen in January of this year at Doncaster when finishing a much better third in a Novices' Hurdle, staying on from a long way back and with Murphy set to send him handicap hurdling this term he should have a very lenient mark.

Hacker Des Places

Paul Nicholls this season looks to have an embarrassment of riches with his young horses and the four year old Hacker Des Places looks a nice one going forward.

A French recruit finishing third back in May 2020 at Dieppe in two mile hurdle event and then backing that up at Dax when getting off the mark for his career, he was bought by Owners Group 068.

Given to Nicholls he made his rules debut in England at Wincanton in a Juvenile Hurdle and finished second behind a nice stablemate.

He then backed that up when last seen in December, winning a Juvenile Hurdle at Wetherby by 32 lengths and off the back of that the world is his oyster.

The 12 time champion trainer knows how to deal with these younger horses and he looks to have an exceptional one here.

Gerri Colombe

A very exciting star for Gordon Elliott and owner Robcour is Gerri Colombe who is unbeaten in all three of his starts to date and he looks to have that star quality you only see in a handful of horses.

Making the first start of his career in a point to point at Lingstown over three miles he went on to win by a head and he was then bought for £240,000 and given to the Cullentra handler.

In January of this year he made his rules debut in a bumper over two miles at Fairyhouse and in extremely taking style he took the contest by 24 lengths.

Seeming to have a monster on their hands, they gave him one more run on the level and he was an easy winner once more and now set for hurdles this term he could be anything.

Grand Paradis

The five year old made his debut for the yard back in November 2020 when winning a two mile bumper in emphatic style at Fairyhouse.

Stepped up to hurdles in January of this year he finished a fair fourth of 15 in heavy ground behind some more experienced types.

Since then he has gone unbeaten, getting off the mark in fine style over timber at Fairyhouse when beating Grand Bornand by nine lengths and then last time out made it two from two at Thurles.

The performance saw him win on heavy ground by 13 lengths stepping up in trip to 2m5f and now on chase debut looks a smart horse to keep an eye on.

Gars De Sceaux

The penultimate tracker jumps horse for the season is the five year old Gars De Sceaux for leading owner JP McManus, with this gelding being a smart hurdler but always bought to be a better chaser.

The exciting five year old was put up as a hurdler to keep an eye on and although being impressive, it looks like there is far more to come over the bigger obstacles, especially over staying trips.

Winning a point to point over three miles by six lengths to another nice type for JP McManus in Magic Tricks, he was then snapped up and given to Elliott.

In November he made his hurdles debut when second to the Willie Mullins trained Hook up over two miles, always looking like needing further.

He was stepped up to 2m4f after that at Navan and was a determined winner to get off the mark for the first time under rules.

Again, it looked like he wanted further and he got just that last time out back at Navan when winning by nine lengths over 2m7f, revelling in the trip.

Set to go chasing this term he has to be kept on side.

Lord Baddesley

The final runner for the tracker this season is the Chris Gordon trained Lord Baddesley who could be a horse to follow in handicap chases throughout the term.

Racing twice in bumpers in the 19/20 season and showing glimpses ability, he then stepped over hurdles last term and ran three nice races, winning twice and also placing in a fair event.

Destined for fences this season he went to Warwick in a good Novices' Handicap Chase over two miles and although running well for a while faded late on.

He should come on for the run in a big way and looks well handicapped going forward off the back of his best hurdles form.

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