Brandy Love At First Sight
Racing Ahead|September 2020
Brandy Love At First Sight
Paul Ferguson with the mares he’ll be following when the jumps season kicks on
Paul Ferguson
Although the final Classic of the season is still to be staged, I am very much in National Hunt mode (thanks to having been immersed in writing Jumpers To Follow throughout the summer).

As usual, I will provide a list of horses to follow in the October edition of Racing Ahead magazine, but for this month I thought I would opt for something a little different. Given the program available to mares these days, there seem to be a lot more quality mares in training.

We have seen the likes of Honeysuckle and Epatante beat the boys, and here are a host of mares to keep tabs on throughout the autumn/winter (I actually think the season might get going a little earlier this year, due to the enforced prolonged break, so you might even see some during September):


Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins boasts a record with mares which is second to none. The majority of his high-class mares have come from France, but he might just have found an exciting one from the Point-to-Point sphere, in the shape of Brandy Love. A four-year-old by Jet Away, the filly was a stylish winner on debut for Colin Bowe and should be more than capable of winning a mares’ bumper before she goes hurdling.


Olly Murphy

Another who has yet to race under Rules, Chosen Port was another Point-to-Point winner for Colin Bowe, and she has since been purchased by Olly Murphy. Now in the ownership of Noel and Valerie Moran, the four-year-old Well Chosen filly is a half-sister to Burtons Well and Burton Port, so might need a trip in time, but will likely start off in a bumper. She is bred to appreciate soft ground.


Ruth Jefferson

A Grade 2 winner over hurdles, Clondaw Caitlin is now set to embark on a novice chase campaign, and Ruth Jefferson’s five-year-old remains one of the brighter prospects in the North. Having won a bumper at the second time of asking, she was unbeaten in three starts over hurdles, culminating in success in the Premier Novices’ Hurdle at Kelso. Runner-up on her final start in Irish Points, she will appreciate stepping up in distance.


Alan King


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September 2020