Four Horses To Follow From Cheltenham's October Showcase Meeting

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

The Wounded Knee

The first horse to follow from the Showcase meeting that is worth keeping an eye on going forward is the Ann Duffield trained The Wounded Knee.

Look set to win the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle on Friday, getting 3lb away to the winner he wondered off a true line having jumped the last the better of the two leaders and threw the race away

Seeking a hat-trick on the afternoon after two nice wins at Perth in August and September, he still has plenty to offer off his current mark and running between 2m4f and 3m, he should win more races this term.

Deere Mark

Another runner on the Friday that took the eye back in second was the Sam Thomas trained Deere Mark who was backed from 20/1 into 12/1 before the off of the Maiden Hurdle over 2m 1/2f and finished a good second behind a nice type for John McConnell.

Deere Mark turned was a winner in a bumper on his final start of last term and headed into this event with some decent ability and showed that when going clear of the other runners and potentially bumping into a nice one.

The gelding will be winning races this term and this event could turn out to have a strong formline throughout the season.

An Tailliur

Moving onto Saturday's action and An Tailliur for Jonjo O'Neill in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle was a big eye-catcher staying on well to grab third late on and potentially going over further in the future could bring even more out of him.

A superb hurdler for the yard since May last year notching up seven wins in 10 races with the further he went the better he come, with his mark going up to 136 for his race at the weekend.

He does have the option of going chasing but not being the biggest animal in the world he might be more suited to staying over hurdles and keeping at three miles or further he will be going close in some valuable handicaps throughout the season.

Finishing third on Saturday also sees him qualified for the Pertemps final at the festival in March and that could be a big target during the spring.

Strong Leader

The final horse from the October meeting to watch out for this term is the Olly Murphy trained Strong Leader, who travelled well into the bumper on Saturday but with the winner getting away close home he was left with too much ground to cover, but he will be winning more races this term.

A superb winner on his first start at Warwick in May over two miles, he powered clear in the final furlong showing a nice turn of pace and overall it was a very taking performance.

Hitting small traffic problems but going well on Saturday he showed he is still the real deal and will be a very nice horse for Murphy throughout his career.