The “proper” national hunt season is
looming large, and I’m getting excited at
the prospect of old friends like Big Buck’s, Long Run and hopefully Kauto Star returning to the track. But if you want to really get in the mood for the winter jumps season then you should buy the latest edition of Jumping Prospects. Now in its 21st year, the
2012/2013 sports book highlights dozens of horses to follow as most of our leading NH yards come under the microscope. Written by
racing journalist John Morris, last year the book produced an impressive 307 winners.
This time John, who is BBC Radio Merseyside’s racing expert, clocked up more than 2,000 miles to interview big guns such as Alan King, Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls and Donald McCain. But he has also quizzed some smaller, up-and-coming yards in a bid to unearth some horses who should do well at decent prices. These include Jeremy Scott, Sarah Humphrey, Anthony Honeyball and James Ewart. John was also the first journalist to do a face-to-face interview with Harry Fry.
The book features comments from the trainers themselves about their horses and then John’s own assessment of the animals. John’s view is that a lot can be gleaned from the body language and eye contact experienced during a face-to-face chat and based on my own experience I 100% agree with this.
From past Cheltenham winners and grade one victors to expensive
former point-to-pointers and unexposed types, this sports book is a goldmine of information for anybody who loves national hunt racing and who has a passion for monitoring dark horses and future stars.
Jumping Prospects 2012/2013 is £15 (inc P&P) and is available via mail order only. For more information please visit www.jumpingprospects.co.uk or call 0151 520 0080.