Three Novice Hurdlers To Follow This Season

Bob Olinger

The first horse to follow over hurdles this season is the Henry De Bromhead trained Bob Olinger who looks a really smart newcomer for the yard.

The son of Sholokov is held in very high regard off the back of his two starts during his career to date and stepping over timber this term should be the making of him.

Back in November 2019 the five year old won an Irish maiden at Turtulla by 15 lengths and was bought and given to De Bromhead off the back of it.

At Gowran Park in March he made his rules debut in a bumper and again showed clear talent to take the 2m2f event by 10 lengths, seeing off nice types for Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott.

It is still very early days in this youngsters career but he holds some big potential and should be watched during the term.

Farouk D'alene

Farouk D'alene for Gordon Elliott could turn out to be a nice type over timber this term having shown superstar ability in his bumpers last season.

In March 2019 the gelding won a five runner point to point at Belclare by 18 lengths and was bought by Gigginstown House Stud for €260,000 and given to Elliott.

In December at Down Royal the youngster made his debut in a decent bumper and was just a class above the rest winning the 2m1f event by 18 lengths.

In February he then went to Naas for another bumper and in a different style he won the race, getting back up when headed to win by a head and that determination to win is what makes him a horse to follow.

Captain Kangaroo

Finally, the third runner that we believe could have a breakthrough year over hurdles is the Willie Mullins trained Captain Kangaroo.

The gelding has only been seen once during his career and it came in the last race in Ireland before Lockdown came into fruition, and he won well at Clonmel.

The bumper looked to be a fairly strong contest with a nice runner for Willie's brother Tony Mullins and a decent youngster for Gavin Cromwell and Captain Kangaroo demolished the field.

Western Run who finished third in the race has since gone on to win back to back hurdle contests and the way this horse has been talked about they expect the five year old to be a star over hurdles.