The Big 5 Jumps Stars To Look Out For This Season
The Jumps season has now fully kicked off around the UK with many of our favourite racehorses returning to the track.
There’s plenty on the horizon to look forward to including the Betfair Chase, Tingle Creek, King George VI, and then it’s not too long and it’s time for the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National Festival where the very best will collide.
The beauty of Jumps racing is that we get to see our favourite horses come back year after year and we can’t wait to see the old rivalries ignite once again over the coming months!
Here are the top five horses who could light up the season and win the biggest Grade One races.
He might be a tricky customer but he was last season’s staying novice star and could do even more this season. He has won Grade One races at Cheltenham and Aintree and is now looking at a Triple Crown bid. It shows how impressive his career has been so far that only Kauto Star matched his achievements at a similar age.
And who could forget his Cheltenham Festival performance in the 2017 RSA Chase?
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Stable mate of the much loved Cue Card, Thistlecrack is not short of fans himself. He only lost one race last season to the lionhearted Many Clouds, before an injury in the spring kept him out of the Festival.
Trainer Colin Tizzard is looking at an early December return in preparation for defending the King George VI, and if he triumphs at Kempton he could be strong favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Douvan won 14 races in-a-row before the winning streak came to an end in a shock defeat in the Queen Mother Champion Chase in March. An injury was found after that race, and we didn’t see him compete again that season. You can expect big things in 2017/18 as the injury has now heeled and trainer Willie Mullins says he is looking very well and should return at 100%.
He is unbeaten over hurdles and fences in his novice campaign- including the Game Sprint at Newbury and the Celebration Chase at Sandown.
He is looking well after a summer off and will probably head straight for the Tingle Creek meeting at Sandown. He has incredible ability and charisma that makes him one to look out for, some big clashes await.
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His career is still in its early stages but he has won all but one for his races so far and could do very well over the 17/18 season and in the future. He won in style in the Triumph hurdle with the poor conditions not seeming to bother him at all. He will definitely be staying over hurdles this season.