The return of the National Hunt season is on the radar of many racing fans, with our team beginning to look ahead to the winter calendar.
As the saying goes, fortune favours the bold, with our squad of writers picking out a few potential longshots for the upcoming National Hunt campaign.
Here are another three bold predictions our team have made.
Allmankind could be one to note for the Champion Chase or the Ryanair Chase
Allmankind was a surprise contender for the Arkle in the early months of last season, after storming to prominence over fences for Dan Skelton.
The five-year-old landed three Graded success over the larger obstacles for his connections, including the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown and the Kingmaker at Warwick.
The gelding’s jumping can make your heart race but he clearly has some pace and if they can restore some balance when he takes flight, he could well be battling among the best in Grade 1 company.
Allmankind’s success over 2m4f at Ayr does suggests there are options for him, so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if he was to run in either the Champion Chase or the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham next season.
Run Wild Fred looks tailor-made for the Grand National
Denise Foster’s Run Wild Fred is yet to break his maiden over fences for his connections, but he looks a promising sort over the longer distances.
The seven-year-old has finished second in the Irish Grand National and the Thyestes as well as proving his versatility on several ground types.
The gelding has dealt with the longer trips with ease, which suggests that he could be the next star to rise out of the Gigginstown ranks.
Run Wild Fred has plenty of time on his side and even if his connection do not opt for the Grand National this season, he could well be a contender in the contest in the future.
Zanahiyr may be a threat to Honeysuckle in the Champion Hurdle – if the rain comes
Honeysuckle is a top-class mare and it will take something special to beat her over two miles, but that could potentially come in the form of Denise Foster’s Zanahiyr.
The four-year-old has made light work of his rivals in his first three starts over obstacles before finishing second and fourth in the Champion Four Year Old Hurdle and the Triumph Hurdle.
The gelding is still very young and has proven to love some cut in the ground, with his three hurdle successes coming in softer conditions.
If the rain does descend over Prestbury Park during the National Hunt showpiece, Zanahiyr could well be trading blows with Henry De Bromhead’s star mare come March.