The AccaDoo five novices to follow 2017/18, by Bradley Aldridge.

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Five novices to follow 2017/18: #1 Tommy Silver

Tommy Silver is a young chaser trained by Paul Nicholls, and he could make a top two miler.

He had an up and down year last year as a hurdler, winning only two races and performing poorly in two large-field contests at Cheltenham and Ayr.

However, he is a large scopey sort, and we fancy his best form can be transferred to the larger obstacles in chase company.


Five novices to follow 2017/18: #2 Getabird

A son of Germany, Getabird was the ante post favourite for the Champion Bumper last season.

However, Getabird picked up an injury after his win at Gowran Park and had to miss the festival.

Any horse owned by Rich Ricci and trained by Willie Mullins draws attention, but the form of Getabird’s win warrants its own respect.

He looks an exciting novice hurdle prospect this year.


Five novices to follow 2017/18: #3 Red Jack

Red Jack looked an impressive horse last year, winning both his races.

He was bought by JP McManus after a win at Naas in January and romped his next race.

The fact he beat the Cheltenham Festival Champion Bumper runner up Debuchet gives his form an even shinier gloss.

Red Jack should start over the 2m trip and if things go his way this year its easy to see him being fancied for the Supreme Novices Hurdle.


Five novices to follow 2017/18: #4. Debuchet

Mentioned above, his form ties in with Red Jack.

Debuchet finished second in the Champion Bumper to the highly talented, but ill-fated Fayonagh.

He will have filled out over the summer and should be capable of bigger and better things this year.


Five novices to follow 2017/18: #5 Blow By Blow

This horse is one with massive potential.

With just four runs in the bank and three wins, he has a lot of scope for progress.

Trainer Gordan Elliot will send him over the larger obstacles this seaosn.

Blow By Blow beat his star stablemate Death Duty last year and that form alone should put him right at the top table.

An exciting horse to follow.

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