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Handicappers jumps horses to follow, including one "under the radar"

Tue 8 Jun 2021

BHA and IHRB handicappers nominate their horses to follow for the 2021/22 jumps season.

The 2020/21 Anglo-Irish Jumps Classification were revealed on Tuesday, with Chacun Pour Soi crowned the best chaser in Britain and Ireland, and star mare Honeysuckle the highest-rated horse over hurdles.

The head handicappers from both countries also nominated a handful of horses to follow for the jumps season, which can be seen below:

Martin Greenwood

"I got it down to three, but I'll only pick one. Galvin, Latest Exhibition and Happygolucky were the three I've got down, all progressive young chasers, all unexposed.

"With Happygolucky it just goes to show what can be achieved by running a novice in handicaps because it's quite rare that some of the UK trainers do that early in their careers, but with a second at Cheltenham and a win at Aintree, he looks a nice, progressive sort.

"But of the three, I'm going to stick with Latest Exhibition."

Sandy Shaw

"I don't like to give too many obvious ones, but the one I have is Ferny Hollow.

"Ferny Hollow won the Champion Bumper, beat Bob Olinger in his maiden when they were 45 lengths clear of the rest, and obviously then had a setback. They hope it was only a minor setback and that he will be back this season. He would be my horse to go places. We'll see!"

Shay Quinn

Shewearsitwell was last seen winning a Grade Three in good style, and is one of Shay Quinn's horses to follow

"I like two horses. I'd give a quick mention to Elkat De Rire of Henry de Bromhead's. He was running well when coming down in the Brown Advisory, he fell late on. He was a Grade Two winner at Naas beating Pencilfuloflead and Escaria Ten and he's still very unexposed. He's only rated 152 and I think off that mark he could win a handicap chase before going on to graded races. He's got to be an interesting horse.

"But the main one is a mare of Willie Mullins' called Shewearsitwell. She's a little bit under the radar. She won the Joe Mac early in the season in Tipperary before a setback ruled her out. I think she has a good mix of speed and stamina to make her top class."

Andrew Mealor

"I'm going to stick with Monmiral. He's not your typical juvenile in that he was not ex-Flat and he's got loads of scope. He's definitely going to jump a fence in time.

"He looked pretty raw on his first run at Exeter and looked a lot more professional as the season went on. He has done everything asked of him and he can definitely improve a lot further next season. He might go chasing, but given the relative paucity of top-flight two-mile hurdlers in this country, hopefully he will have another season over hurdles."

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