Guest Post: ‘Ten ‘Could be’ Chasers to Follow’

Ten ‘could be chasers’ to follow…


Friend of the blog, top National Hunt judge, RTP Syndicate ‘Blazing Soldier’ Shareholder, and all round top guy Chris Gartner, has pulled together his annual ‘Novice & Handicap Chasers’ to follow report, raising money for The Injured Jockeys Fund.

Chris has pulled together notes on around 250 horses who he thinks will be worth following over fences. It’s a superb piece of work which has already fired out numerous winners in the last couple of weeks.

Below I’ve pulled out notes for x10 of these horses… if you’d like to get your hands on the rest, simply head to Chris’ ‘Just Giving‘ page at the link below, donate what you can, and he’ll send you a copy. So far he’s raised £1,281, smashing his initial £500 target.


Chris’ Notes

In no particular order…

Imperial Storm: – 120 – (Shantou) – Strong, lengthy, chestnut. Imperial racing partnership owned. Bred for staying trip (Definite Article dam sire). Wants slow ground. Cost over 100k in sales including 60k as foal. Slow to hand as only made hurdle debut last August but stayed on well at Wetherby on soft.

Young Buster: – 113 – (Yeats) – Sizable rangy chaser with tons of scope, as has engine. Would have been on last year’s notes but thought they’d stay over hurdles with him. Won on chase debut in May last year when still looking novicey. So much more to come over fences I feel.

Cuthbert Dibble: – 125 – (Kayf Tara) – Soft ground. Striking Kayf Tara with plenty of size for fences. Shaped with promise in the EBF final. Genuine staying sort who could show some serious amount of progression over fences. Cost 62k as foal then sold for 85k bought by trainer. 3 miles in time.

Etalon: – 119 (Sholokhov) – Physically impressive, loads of size, tall. One to watch now over fences. Progressive last year given that he’s your cliché chaser. Looks a long-term Skelton work project. Saw at Aintree & caught eye with scope. Type to improve massively for fences. Might want decent ground, so could be a spring Aintree horse. Already talk of graded novice for Lodge Hill. Related O’Neill 140 chaser. Owners had a smart one in Elle est Belle who they sadly lost.

She’s A Saint: – 126 – (Saint Des Saints) – Rangy, scopey mare. Tallow point winner for Alan Ahern. Bolted up on hurdle debut at Hexham. Related to a 137 Lacey horse. Was only 4l behind Sefton winner Apple Away in listed race at Wetherby. Bit of give in ground. She could be progressive vs mares.

Riskintheground: – 116 – (Presenting) – soft. Strong, stamp of an old fashioned genuine chaser who’ll want 3 miles. He’s a full brother to Irish Natonal runner up Frontal Assault. So bags of stamina in pedigree. Likely to benefit from a staying trip as looked a straight forward stayer at Haydock.

Collectors Item: – 132 – (Flemensfirth) – Big, rangy unit. Hope he’s better over fences as he’s got the size and scope to make a chaser. Saw at Haydock when only just went down in the Prestige and was still a bit active, keen, & scope to fill out. I’d say he wants a big galloping track like Chepstow/Newcastle on soft ground, hopefully settle. Cost 115k in 2021 December Tatts sale & 45k as a store. Related to grade 2 winner. I could see him being some sort of National horse down the line.

The Changing Man: – 128 – (Walk In the Park) – Gorgeous, tall, strapping, lots of size. Well bred. Trainer thinks high class. First foal of Bitofapuzzle – who was big too. Was in the notes last yr. Bit gutted they didn’t go over fences with this as felt should’ve been tried over fences last year. Big, rangy chaser. Be disappointed if he didn’t make for a chaser & do very well.

Western General: – 115 – (Valirann) – Burly, robust Ex Curling pointer. Up in trip. Brocade owned (so you know the script with them & what they want). I think he potentially looks thrown in for handicap chases off his mark & what he could do if takes to fences.

Fine Casting: – 129 – (Shantou) – Always liked this one. Strong, sturdy sort. Needs soft/cut in ground it seems. Related to Fortunate George. Scope for fences, was on list last year but kept over hurdles to pick up another handicap. Didn’t jumped well at start of last season. Trainer says loads of ability, personally speaking if they’re a chaser, they’re a chaser, and need to go over fences early for me. Not slow & quite athletic. 75k buy from Highflyer.


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    1. Hi David,
      I’ll message Chris, think he has to go through any Just Giving donations and then manually email the report etc

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