The Tote Ten to Follow is back for the 2023-24 jump racing season as punters look to get involved in the popular fantasy game.
With the entry date fast approaching, we’ve compiled our ten selections for this season’s competition, which is ideal if you need help selecting your horses.
Protektorat landed the Betfair Chase last year, and he’s already a short-priced favourite to land it again this time. Cheltenham would appear not to suit him, so it would be no shock to see him swerve the Festival as connections look for easier pickings elsewhere.
Found A Fifty
Found A Fifty won only once over hurdles last season, but chasing was always going to be his game, and he could land some nice pots for Gordon Elliott over the coming months, who rates the six-year-old highly.
Iroko landed the Martin Pipe at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, but he was bred to be a chaser, and he looked impressive when winning over fences on his chasing debut at Warwick in early November. He could appear at Kempton at Christmas for the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase with the Brown Advisory and Turner’s obvious Cheltenham targets.
Marine Nationale landed the Supreme Novices’ at Cheltenham this year and looks an ideal recruit for two-mile novice chasing. He should notch up some comfortable victories over the coming months with the Arkle at the Festival as his main objective.
El Fabiolo was unbeaten in four novice chases last season, including defeating Jonbon in the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival and Dysart Dynamo at Punchestown. He’s already an extremely short price for the Queen Mother Champion Chase and could dominate the division in the absence this season of Energumene.
Jonbon chased home El Fabiolo at the Cheltenham Festival and Aintree this year, but he should be able to land some nice pots in two-mile open company pre-Cheltenham this time around for trainer Nicky Henderson and owner JP McManus.
A full brother to Noble Endeavor, Ballyburn is two from two in bumpers, including victory at the Punchestown Festival. He looks like a real contender for the Supreme Novices’ for trainer Willie Mullins.
State Man may have issues seeing off Constitution Hill in the Champion Hurdle come Cheltenham time, but he can rack up some Grade 1 points in Ireland over the coming months, starting again in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown in November.
The Real Whacker
The Real Whacker landed the Brown Advisory at Cheltenham this year, holding on from the fast-finishing Gerri Colombe, and they will no doubt cross swords again this season. He’s entered in the King George, and a flat galloping track such as Kempton could suit Patrick Neville’s likeable chaser well.
Trained by Willie Mullins and a full brother to Ferny Hollow, Mirazur West landed a bumper at Naas in eye-catching style back in March and looks like hot-prospect over hurdles. Like stablemate Ballyburn, he’s already at the head of the antepost betting for the Supreme Novices’.
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