Following his second success as an owner in the Grand National, JP McManus possesses a strong hand heading into the upcoming National Hunt season.
The jumps powerhouse owns hundreds of horses and has several talented sorts under his watch.
Our team have taken a look through McManus’ roster and have picked out three runners to watch out for in the upcoming National Hunt season.
CHANTRY HOUSE (Nicky Henderson)
With two Grade 1 successes under his belt, Chantry House could well be in the mix for the main three-mile chases next season.
The seven-year-old benefitted from the surprise fall of Envoi Allen in the Marsh Novices’ Chase, keeping on strongly to win by three lengths at Cheltenham.
Nicky Henderson’s gelding faced a strong challenge from Espoir Du Romain in the Mildmay Novices’ Chase late on but Kim Bailey’s recruit overjumped the fence at two out and fell, giving Chantry House a comfortable 32 length victory.
His form is slightly questionable on paper at this stage, but he could well develop into a top-level chaser and is one to watch out for in the King George and even the Cheltenham Gold Cup this season.
TIME TO GET UP (Jonjo O’Neill)
After rounding off the season with success in the Midlands Grand National, Time To Get Up could well be leading the McManus juggernaut for the National Hunt showpiece event next season.
The eight-year-old joined Jonjo O’Neill’s yard at the beginning of the 2020/21 season and has shown serious promise on his first four starts for his new counterparts.
After two fair efforts over 2m4f, the gelding stormed home when bumped up to three miles after claiming the Dick Hunt Trophy at Wincanton before landing success at Uttoxeter a month later.
The gelding looks made for the longer distances and could well be one to consider for the National in April.
VISION DU PUY (Dan Skelton)
A mare that has fallen under the radar in recent months, Vision Du Puy could prove of some interest this season under Dan Skelton.
The six-year-old has claimed success on her last two outings, claiming handicap hurdles at the minimum distance at Stratford and Haydock.
She is a mare with clear potential and could well show further progress in the upcoming season.