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Five Horses to Follow Ahead of the New National Hunt Season

After a fantastic flat racing campaign, all eyes are on the jumps once more as the National Hunt season gets underway in early November.

All roads lead to the Cheltenham Festival in March, of course, but before then there’s plenty of quality action for horse racing fans and punters alike to sink their teeth into.

To mark your card ahead of the new term, here are five up-and-coming fancies that we expect to have a fine campaign. If you like to bet on horse racing, you should make note of this quintet of stars in the making.


This Irish powerhouse looks destined for a superb 2021/22 season, and he already features prominently in the horse racing tips for two of the National Hunt’s flagship races – the Cross Country Chase and the Grand National.

The seven-year-old has looked in decent order already this term, and that comes after he ended 2020/21 with a fine win at the Cheltenham Festival – prevailing in the Challenge Cup over the more-fancied Next Destination.

Back at the Gordon Elliott yard, this is a horse that will be primed for major honours at the business end of the season.


Paul Nicholls let the cat out of the bag last December when he compared Bravemansgame to Denman, and there are definitely similarities in running style between the pair.

Of course, the six-year-old will have to go some to emulate even a fraction of that legend’s achievements, but so far the signs are good. He was a decent third to Bob Olinger in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle in March and followed up with second place in the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle.

A handy win on his seasonal return at Newton Abbot confirms that Bravemansgame has enjoyed a productive summer, and he is certainly one to watch this term heading into the novice chase renewals at the Cheltenham Festival.

Mighty Thunder

If you’re looking for a long-range Grand National pick for 2022, it might well be worth tracking the form of Mighty Thunder this season.

A winner of the Scottish National that was beaten by a length in the Midlands equivalent, the eight-year-old has pedigree in these long old slogs and will likely be pointed first at the Welsh National in December.

Trainer Lucinda Russell has previous wins in the Grand National having triumphed in 2017 with One for Arthur, and she might just have another red-hot contender on her hands.


It’s early days in the racing career of this six-year-old, but an eye-catching debut at Kempton Park – beating a field that contained numerous horses that would go on to win, suggests Boothill has plenty to offer.

Harry Fry’s charge followed up with a nine-length victory at Taunton, and after taking a step up in class at Ascot he showed plenty more upside in finishing third by barely three lengths from the winner Soaring Glory.

Gars De Sceaux

Coming from the same bloodline as Bristol De Mai, it seems to go without saying that Gars De Sceaux could go on to become a chasing star like the Betfair Chase champion.

With Gordon Elliott on training duties, the five-year-old has already shown a penchant for the mud with a pair of victories on heavy ground at Navan – a wet winter in the UK might yet see him pointed at one of the novices’ chase races at Cheltenham next year.

Hopefully you’ve had your pen and paper at the ready – these five horses could all go on to become profitable chasers and hurdlers in 2021/22.