Three horses to follow this weekend

Fussil Raffles

The first horse making a smart return on Saturday is Nicky Henderson's Fussil Raffles who last season showed how smart he was when racing four times winning three of them and placing in another.

The four year old started ran in two point to point contests winning and placing in them before being bought by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede and sent to Nicky Henderson.

On his first start for the yard at Kempton in the Grade Two Adonis Juvenile Hurdle he bolted up seeing off a strong field of runners and looked a decent recruit.

He then went to the Punchestown festival in the four year old Grade One hurdle and kept his unbeaten record in tact to land the spoils.

He looks a serious athlete that is still very much unexposed and will be getting his season up and running at Wincanton in the Grade Two Elite Hurdle.

Duc Des Genievres

The second feature horse of the weekend set to return is the Willie Mullins trained Duc Des Genievres who landed the Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham festival last season.

The six year old landed a beginners chase at Gowran before taking the Grade One at Prestbury Park in a race that slightly fell apart but he was still a game winner of he contest.

He ended his season in the Grade One Ryanair Chase being beat easily by his stablemate Chacun Pour Soi who looks a serious horse for the Mullins yard.

Duc Des Genievres now going over fences for the second season takes some strong form with him from his novice days and is one to watch for the season.

City Island

The final horse we believe will get back to his winning ways on his seasonal debut is the Ballymore Novices Hurdle winner City Island for trainer Martin Brassil.

Last season when turning up to the Cheltenham festival he was very much an unknown entity with British punters knowing next to nothing about him and Irish punters having an idea of his talent but because he did not come from a big named trainer he was still overlooked.

Last season he had five starts winning three of them, being disqualified from his debut run when he actually went on to win the contest and then on his last start could only finish sixth at Punchestown in the Champion Novice Hurdle.

He has Grade One winning experience and being the trainers leading light he will be extremely well looked after and patiently waited on throughout the season to seeing which route he will take to the festival.

He could turn into a really smart novice chaser if picking up from his hurdling career.

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