Because of uncertain times I’d normally do an “My Horses To Follow” with Middelham Park Racing NH horses. Who I’m involved with, as a syndicate owner. But I thought I’d do something different this year. Mentioning my NH (National Hunt) team that I’m involved with.
Since I’ve been with MPR for twelve years, this is my best NH team so far. So here are my views on these wonderful horses. As they say “everyone has an opinion”.
OLEG 5yr Old Trained By Paul Nicholls
Oleg was bought from France out of David Cottin stable, in which he was transferred to Paul Nicholls stable. From that time with Ditchet stables he, has done wonders in my mind. He’s first race in the UK I think was a very good win at Kelso over hurdles. Also run a very good second place, hurdle race at Chepstow which he finished 2nd place.
When he went over fences for the first time, again he was impressive jumping those Wincanton fences, winning by 2 and a quarter lengths. On his second start over fences at Kempton, unfortunately he had to be pulled up. Where he had a few problems. Since then he had a break and needed some confidence in his racing of his early career.
In which Paul Nicholls and the team, decided to enter him on his debut, in a all weather flat race at Southwell and Megan Nicholls would ride him. In that 2 Mile+ debut flat race he won so impressively he won by 5 lengths. He’s second flat race was at Pontefract and again he won very well, winning by a neck.
He will have one more big flat race which he will, run in the Goodwood Handicap which is 2 Mile 4 furlong race. But then he will return to the NH sphere and be, back jumping over fences. I’m sure he will step up in trip like 2mile 4 furlong over fences. But let’s see how he does running and jumping at 2 miles. He’s a very talented horse with lots of ability. He’s got a following which is great. But I’m sure he will run in the big target races this NH season with the top trainer.
FORM: Hurdles: 12 Chasing: 1 PU Flat: 11
FATHER JOHN 5yr Old Trained By Nicky Henderson
Father John has only run, once and that was a bumper at Hexham which he won very well with Nico de Boinville riding him, with hands and heels to win his race. I think this season he will go straight over hurdles, in which he has been schooled over them. I think he will take to hurdleing very well. But he’s a chaser in the making though.
Because he’s such a huge horse one of the biggest in my NH team. He has so much scope and has lots of stamina in his pedigree. I would say the trainer will start him, 2 mile 4 furlong or 2 mile 5 furlong. On ground conditions because he has only run once, so it’s hard to judge what ground he can run on. But he could run on Good to Good to Soft. Father John is my dark horse to follow in my team.
FORM: NH Flat Race 1
GO CHIQUE 4yr Old Trained By Nicky Henderson
Go Chique is a Crillon Filly same sire as Buvair D’air. I think she is one to watch through this National Hunt season. Obviously she has not run as of yet, but I would think she will follow the hoof steps of Marie’s Rock. In which Go Chique might run in one or two NH flat races (bumpers). Then hopefully move onto jumping over hurdles. Plans will be fluid but one to watch I feel. A lovely looking filly.
JEN’S BOY 6yr Old Trained By Nicky Henderson
Jen’s Boy has done very well going over hurdles. Since july last year he seemed to turn a corner, from 2nd place at Worcester through to his last run over hurdles, another 2nd place at Huntingdon. It will be an interesting season for him, now going novice chasing. I’m sure he will adapt from hurdles to chasing. Distance we should see him at 2 mile 7 furlong or further, if he can on his pedigree. On ground his best conditions I think is Good, Good to Soft I think personally. If he take to jumping over fences, he will win some very good races. He has been schooled over fences and does it very well.
FORM: NH Flat Races 8 2 Hurdles: 9 PU 6 4 6 2 1 1 4 2
CONCLUSION: With this uncertain circumstances, I think this NH season will be an interesting one this 2020/21. But I’m sure the dust will settle. With my NH team I’m hoping Go Chique, will surprise me and other owners with her and touch wood hopefully going to be a star. Also I think Oleg, will take over Towering peddle stool. I think he’s going to be my best NH horse since Towering. Oleg is getting an following even if he goes on the flat or over jumps. Because everyone loves a grey horse.
These are my views only and no one else. Enjoy the National Hunt season. I’m on Twitter @BROWNLOWJ74 If you want to look at the form or watch there races video replay. You can register free with http://www.Sportinglife.com
Many Thanks Jamie