we thought that we would give you all an update on the Cleeve Racing Jumps Ten to Follow horses. If this has been gathering dust on your hard drive it might well be worth having another look.
Since we published the Ten to Follow in October 8 out of the 10 have had a run so far giving 5 winners and one placed (see the table below).
Dysart Enos was put in a Class 4 mares maiden race at Huntingdon. She travelled strongly throughout the race but her jumping was very novicey. She won readily by 7 lengths and was obviously well fancied going off at 1/7. It will be interesting where her shrewd trainer Fergal O'Brien enters her next.
Game Winner was re-introduced at Sandown after a 202 day break. He ran OK and he was still in contention at the Pond Fence, but a really bad mistake put paid to any chance of winning. Even without the mistake, he was no match for the winner Le Patron who jumped for fun. He currently has no future entries.
Gevrey has had 2 runs so far. He won the Munster National at Limerick. He travelled and jumped well throughout the race and ran on well to win by 2 1/2 lengths at SP 6/1 - so not unfancied.
He then went to Navan in another Grade 3 handicap on soft/heavy ground, and was pulled up (along with a lot of other runners) after the 3rd last. Not sure why he ran so disappointingly, maybe it was the ground or he needs a slightly longer break between races. He remains a staying Chaser of interest and he has a couple of Entries for the 27th of December in the Coral Welsh National, and the Paddy Power Steeple Chase at Leopardstown
Favour and Forune is another horse that has had 2 runs so far. Alan King put him in a Class 4 novice hurdle at Hereford, going off the 8/15F. He won easily by 13 lengths and Alan King upped him up in class next time out, where he once again won nicely at a 2/5F. He is progressing nicely and seems to handle any type of ground and looks like he will definitely be worth following.
Panda Boy has been tried twice now at Grade 3 level this season and has been beaten convincingly on both occasions. I think he needs to be dropped down in class to have any chance of getting in the winner's enclosure.
Stay Away Fay looks like an exciting prospect in the novice chasing sphere. He translated his Grade 1 Hurdle form into a very good win on his first time over the bigger obstacles, in a decent Class 2 novice chase at Exeter.
He jumped really well for a novice, and even when he was headed before the last, his stamina showed and overhauled his rivals on the run-in to win a little cosily. He is now entered in the Esher Novices Chase at Sandown on Friday 8th December and also has an entry for Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival.
Tahmarus is the only horse so far that has been very disappointing. His only run was in a class 2 novice handicap chase. He was never going well, and was pushed along before 5 out and lost touch 3 out. Paul Nichols had no explanation for the poor form shown other than jockey reporting that gelding was never travelling. I would like to see him run again before writing him off, Paul Nichols was quoted last year as saying, they thought they had a serious horse on their hands.
Twin Jets ran in a Class 3 novice handicap Chase, and he ran OK considering that he jumped severely left from the 8th out. He lost distance at every fence due to this, and may have been a lot closer than he was if he had jumped straight, although I am not sure he would have won anyway. If connections sort out his reason for jumping left, he can do much better.
All in all not a bad start at all for our Ten to Follow.