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Book review: Paul Ferguson's Jumpers To Follow

Book review: Paul Ferguson's Jumpers To Follow

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Racing pundit Tony McCormick from www.irishbigracetrends.com and new racing radio station racingfm.com review’s the eighth edition of Paul Ferguson’s Jumpers To Follow.

The eighth annual edition of Jumpers To Follow provides a look ahead to the 2014-15 National Hunt Season.

It includes 40 leading prospects for the season, Irish horses to follow, a whistle-stop tour of the yards of the country, a jockey’s view from Nick Scholfield, Jane Mangan, Brendan Powell, Jamie Codd and various other sections to give the true National Hunt enthusiasts a thorough preview into the coming season.

Ferguson said: “A ‘horses to follow’ guide of some sort was something I always wanted to produce, so after a couple of years thinking about how possible it would be, I thought I would have a go.

“It is now in its eighth year and appears to be going from strength to strength. The formation of the book is constantly evolving, but the basic premise is to produce 40 ‘leading prospects’ which should be worth following throughout the season.

“I like to highlight possible targets for these horses, as plotting a programme for a horse is something I am particularly interested in. It also helps a reader from an ante-post perspective, if they are that way inclined.

“Last year’s introduction of the ‘Under The Hammer’ section proved popular – this is a look at the pre season sales and in 2012 featured Briar Hill, while last year’s section started with Greatwood Hurdle winner, Dell’ Arca, who won at 12/1.”

Reading the book and its fascinating chapters one thing that clearly shines through is Ferguson’s care, attention to detail and his enthusiasm for the game.

The seventh edition of this invaluable tool, highlighted the likes of Court Minstrel at 16/1 at Aintree, O’Faolains Boy, winner of the RSA at 12/1 and 33/1 Albert Bartlett victor Very Wood in the leading prospects section.

Following 2013/14’s leading prospects recorded a profit of £395 to a £10 stake.

This season’s top 40, points us in the direction of a five-year-old, trained by Harry Fry, who ran in arguably one of the hottest bumpers in the spring and is expected to develop into a smart novice hurdler in the months ahead.

It also highlights an inmate of the Alan King stable, who won a hot bumper in April, a race previously won by Sprinter Sacre.

Ferguson is a big admirer of Nicky Henderson, having formerly owned with the master of Seven Barrows and includes a magnificent seven from the stable in his top 40 picks.

The Across The Sea section of the book has runners from the Willie Mullins, Noel Meade, Dermot Weld and Gordon Elliot stables to put in the notebook.

Around The Yards last year highlighted Feltham winner Annocotty at 12/1, Aintree winners Balder Succes, Beat That and Doctor Harper along with festival winner Taquin Du Seuil.

As I said last year, this book will have paid for itself come the end of November.

Paul Ferguson’s Jumpers To Follow is available from cc-publishing.co.uk. You can hear Paul talk about Jumpers To Follow at racingfm.com/podcasts.

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