The first horse we are putting up as a handicapper to follow over the jumps this season is the now Gordon Elliott trained Eric Bloodaxe who has moved from Joseph O'Brien's yard ahead of this season.
A very smart type in bumpers, the Gigginstown owned gelding was unbeaten on his first two starts showing some nice form but then lost his unbeaten record at the Dublin Racing Festival on the Grade Two Goffs Future Stars bumper.
Missing a season due a setback he had one run in the 2020/21 season when fourth in a bumper containing runners like Kilcruit and Sir Gerhard.
Sent over hurdles last term he got off the mark on debut in November bolting up by eight lengths over 2m3f and off the back of that he was stepped up to Grade Two company when only beaten by the smart Ginto.
A good winner at Limerick over Christmas in a Grade Two on heavy ground he then fell off the boil in better company not beating a runner home at the Dublin Racing Festival in the Nathaniel Lacy Grade One and then in the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham festival he also ran no race.
Last seen in April last year when finishing second on handicap debut over three miles he now sees himself on a mark of 137.
He might be one for a plot job at the bigger festivals throughout the season but off his current mark and potentially lower, he looks one to keep on side throughout the term.