Miah Grace (Glyn’s 3rd Pick)
- Trained by Jedd O’Keeffe
- Only 3 runs for far
- Class 5 NHF at Wetherby (2m – Feb 2019)
- Class 5 NHF at Hexham (2m 48y – Apr 2019)
- Then her National Hunt debut win at Hexham (2m 48y – Oct 2019)
It’s a bit of a “punt” in my Ones to Watch as she’s only had the 3 runs for Jedd O’keeffe. Finishing 2nd & 3rd respectivly in the Class 5’s at Wetherby & Hexham, neither “Electric” but it was the maner that she won her Hunt debut that impressed me. This was only a Noice Hurdle many others starting out but she had the least experiance of them all finishing 11L clear of 2nd.
Thyme Hill (Sean’s 3rd Pick)
- Trained by Philip Hobbs
- 4 race so far
- Won debut NHF race at Worcester (2m – Oct 2018)
- Next he was 2nd in a Listed NHF race at Cheltenham (2m 87y – Nov 2018)
- He then came 2nd in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham (2m 7f – Mar 2019)
- Won a Grade 2 race at Cheptow (2m 3f – Oct 2019)
- Trained by Philip Hobbs
Much like Miah’s Grace Thyme Hill is just starting out, he’s only had the 4 races winning twice & placing twice. He was 2nd favourite on his NHF opener & went on to win by 6L beating the favourite Disciple for Amy Murphy who finished a long way back. At the 2019 Cheltenham Festival he “bumped” into Neil’s 1st ones to watch pick Envio Allen & Blue Sari trained by Willie Mullins. He was only about 2L back on the winner that day giving cause for optimism, Jumping very well in his last race & winning at Chepstow & not hard to see why Sean likes him.
Nube Negra (Neil’s 3rd Pick)
- Trained by Dan Skelton
- Won debut Hurle at Market Rasen (2m 1f – Nov 2017)
- After a 2nd to Apple’s Shakira he won again at Doncaster (2m 1f – Jan 2018)
- Some decent efforts since without winning
- Then won again at Fakenham in a Novice chase (2m – Oct 2019)
I think most people would agree in 2018 Nube Negre didnt quite live up to expectations for the Skelton Racing team & like Santini picked by Mark Evans he’s had a couple of false dawns also. However a summer away seems to have worked wonders at this stage as he’s “bounced” into this National Hunt season winning at Warwick & even more impressively at Fakenham by 10L.
Oleg (Jamie’s 3rd Pick)
- Trained by Paul Nicholls
- Owned by Jamie & the MPR syndicate
- Moved to Nicholls in (Jan 2018)
- Won a Novice Hurdle on his debut for Nicholls at Kelso (2m 51y – Mar 2019)
- Next he was 2nd in another Novice Hurdle this time at Cheptow (2m 11y – Apr 2019)
- Then he won his Chase debut in Novice race at Wincanton (1m 7f – Oct 2019)
- He was pulled up in his last race at Kempton (2m 2f – Oct 2019)
Well you cant blame Jamie for picking one of his own horse for his Ones to Watch can you!? Like some of the other selecions from MR & our friends, Oleg is also really just starting out but despite a mistake 3 out he recoved & won well on his debut of his current yard. On his next run he finished 2nd to Harry Whittington’s Khage at Chepstow, beyond Oleg the rest was a country mile away from completing. Unfortunately he was pulled up in his last race but it since been found out bascially he was “under the weather” so nothing a bit of rest & relaxation wont fix which is good.
Samcro (Mark’s 3rd Pick)
- Trained by Gordon Elliott
- Won his first 8 Hurdle races
- Looked unbeatble at one point
- Falling in Punchestown Champion Hurdle was the start of his problems (2m – Apr 2019)
- Recently begain his Noice Chase career at Down Royal winning by 17L (2m 3f – Nov2019)
I’m not sure anyone outside the Elliott yard? quite knows what happened to the invincible Samcro last year. From his debut in 2016 when he beat Elegant Escape through to his Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle win at Cheltenham Festival in 2018 it was win after win. Since falling at Punchestown he wasnt quite the same. But he seems back to his best with a chase debut win & we’re all delighted hes made this years “Ones to Watch”….Interesting to see what’s next on the agenda.