The AccaDoo horse racing five hurdlers to follow 2017/18, by Bradley Aldridge.
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Five hurdlers to follow 2017/18: #1 Pym
Pym won a bumper convincingly on debut at Ayr during the Scottish Grand National meeting last season.
This year he will be sent over hurdles by trainer Nicky Henderson, following the same route that was plotted for the legendary Sprinter Sacre.
Patricia Pugh also owns reigning Champion Hurdler Altior, the winner of five Grade 1 races and unbeaten in his last 11 starts, and Pym could be one to follow in his footsteps. Another good purchase by the owner.
Five hurdlers to follow 2017/18: #2 Posh Trish
A young mare to watch out for this year is Posh Trish.
She won a point to point in Ireland beating Katie Mai by 14 lengths.
That itself looks impressive form.
Since winning her Mares’ Maiden Point she was purchased for £135,000 and has joined trainer Paul Nicholls at Ditcheat.
She won a tricky bumper at Aintree already this season and will be even better over hurdles.
Five hurdlers to follow 2017/18: #3 Momella
Momella was a surprise recent runner for Dan Skelton.
He won a point to point in Ireland last February and was expected to be put away for this coming season.
However, Skelton sent him hurdling in May where he overturned an odds on, dual winner by two lengths.
The fact the front pair finished 44 lengths clear of their nearest rivals was impressive.
That was a blistering hurdles debut and created a lasting impression for the season ahead.
Definitely one to watch out for.
Five hurdlers to follow 2017/18: #4 Bullionaire
Bullionaire, trained by Harry Fry, won his first and only start last year in the Goffs UK Spring Sales Bumper at Newbury.
He looked a strong, powerful type with a big frame to grow in to.
Bullionaire came home strongly on debut to win very impressively and looks an exciting prospect for hurdles this year.
He will be a serious prospect for fences in the future and whatever he achieves over hurdles this year will be a bonus.
But we fancy there will be races to win with him this season.
Five hurdlers to follow 2017/18: #5 Samcro
This son of Germany recorded three very impressive bumper victories last year.
The £335,000 purchase showed the ideal blend of stamina and speed in those three wins for trainer Gordon Elliott.
This potential was carried forward into his hurdle debut at Punchestown.
Samcro beat 21 other horses that day without getting out of second gear.
He’ll now be a short price wherever he goes, but he is definitely a hurdler to watch out for this year.
Read more from Bradley Aldridge at bradsracingblog.co.uk.
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