This blog is all about looking through some of the best horses we have seen over the past few years that have been off the track through injury or have been forgotten about due to bad performances and remembering why they are so good.
The first horse we want to bring back to your attention is Jessica Harrington's Sizing John the now nine year old gelding owned by the well known pots family has not been seen on a racecourse since being pulled up in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown at the back end of the 2017 season.
It was in that year that Sizing John became one of he greats of the sport landing the Gold Cup Trio when he went on to win the Leopardstown, Cheltenham and Punchestown Gold Cup consecutively.
Having finished second behind behind Douvan for most of his career, Harrington stepped him up in trip and that was the move that made him the horse we all remember him being and his trainer believes he can get back to somewhere near his best.
The trainer has had to be exceptionally patient with the gelding, with injury after injury halting his progress on the national hunt scene over the last two years which has seen him miss the last two Cheltenham festivals and we hope this season he will be able to give a title defence at the Cheltenham festival.
Unlike many jumps horses, Sizing John has been kept extremely busy during the off season with a huge rehabilitation plan set up for him to get him back to where he needs to be for the upcoming season and if his trainer can do this the 2020 Gold Cup has to be in the offing.
He looks as if he will start his season off over hurdles to get a fell for the sport again and then the Harrington camp will make further decisions from there.