NATIONAL HUNT HANDICAPPERS TO FOLLOW 2017-18​​

   
This section was the most disappointing of my three horses to follow sections last season with just three winners, I have therefore put in all my efforts to ensure that it is much better this season.  I enjoy a challenge and I will be disappointed given whom I've selected this season if this section does not prove profitable
I hope you all enjoy what I've put together and again I would appreciate any feedback at any time of the season, please just email davemooretips@gmail.com
  
    
Full List
 
AFFAIR D'HONNEUR
ALWAYS LION
BEHIND TIME
FLOWER BALL
LADY AVERY
LINGER
LITTLE MISS POET
MELROSE BOY
MIDNIGHT GLORY
STAR TACKLE
TIMETOBENEFIT
    

AFFAIRE D’HONNEUR (Harry Whittington)
 
This horse featured in my horses to follow section last season but despite his early season promise he didn’t follow it up in the second half of the season and disappointed.  However he looks pretty well handicapped to me now off a mark of just 121 over hurdles.  It is possible that he will go over fences for which I would keep on the right side of him in that sphere as chasing could bring out the best of him however it would be no surprise if connections decided to make the most of his low mark over hurdles first
 

ALWAYS LION (Ben Pauling)

A success story for last seasons' handicappers to follow Always Lion won his only race of the season beating Beneficial Joe, that victory has given him a rating of just 125 over fences and he has the capability to improve markedly.  He probably won’t win races hard held by fifteen lengths as he always just does enough however that fact has helped keep his handicap mark.  He should win more races


BEHIND TIME (Harry Fry)
 
A typical JP McManus type having won well out of the blue at Cheltenham in November but he disappointed since.  Having been given a break he’s rated 127 and will likely go novice chasing this season.  He looks capable of defying that mark and his trainer believes he will improve.  His ideal ground may be good to soft and he may be a tricky customer to catch right but if he can re-create his Cheltenham display over fences then he will win a race or two this season and at a decent enough price
 

FLOWER BALL (Harry Whittington)
 
This French gelding looks the typical type to have been engineered in to a low handicap rating who will be ready to strike in a low grade handicap at some point this season.  He looked a weak horse last season and it would be surprising if he wasn’t a better horse than he has shown to date under rules given the form of his second Irish point.  2m4f plus would be required and it may pay to go for a level stakes approach and remove from the tracker once he wins
 

LADY AVERY (Alan Jones)
 
This horse won her maiden point win in telling fashion fighting on well at the finish to record a 2 length success.  She has then joined a yard known for a good gamble now and again.  This horse looks a banker for a big punt.  She raced in three events to date that were well above her grade and finished a distance behind the winner in each.  I would suspect that she will be given a low handicap mark and the concensus would be that she should rate up to a rating of 100 so if given around an 80-85 mark she would be very appealing.  One to watch the markets on for any movement
 

LINGER (John Hanlon)
 
This horse enters my handicappers to follow section having won twice last year before three disappointing efforts towards the end of the season.  In my opinion he was over the top after he pulled up lame at Cheltenham (when very well backed).  He's rated just 121 and he may be one to catch in the first half of the season but there's no doubting based on his two wins that he has ability and his mark doesn't fully reflect his potential either.  Still just a four year old I'm convinced there will be a nice handicap to win with him and his shrewd connections can make the most of his low mark
 

LITTLE MISS POET (Philip Hobbs)
 
Placed in all her 2017 starts she jumps well, likes soft ground and looks well treated off a mark of just 121.  She has plenty of speed whilst she should stay too, it will be surprising if she can’t win off this mark
 

MELROSE BOY (Harry Fry)
 
Not going to be a world beater however he should be able to make use of his 123 mark.  Having mixed it with some big guns last season without disgrace I would rate him as a 130 horse atleast and with improvement in him he should be able to win a handicap early on this season.  It may be a case of getting him to win a handicap or two (if not put up too highly by the handicapper) then remove from the tracker but he’s in here as I’m sure he’s well treated
 

MIDNIGHT GLORY (Philip Hobbs)
 
Won well in January 17 before two lacklustre performances finished his season off.  That has meant however his mark is just 113.  She’s seems to have a good attitude and with another year under her belt she should prove to be a 120+ horse this season atleast
 

STAR TACKLE (Harry Whittington)
 
Bought at the Cheltenham sales before last season Harry couldn’t hide his excitement about this horse before he embarked on his opening campaign.  He won his last point with a touch of class and he looked to have improved immensely.  He’s a good looking horse who disappointed on the track last season but showed enough (especially on his last start) to suggest he has plenty of scope for improvement and it would be very surprising if he couldn’t make the most of a very modest mark handicapping.  He may not be as good as Harry first thought but given another summer on his back he should pay his way this term
 

TIMETOBENEFIT (Richard Phillips)
 
Trainer Richard Phillips inherited this mare out of Beneficial last season having won her final point.  Costing just £20k she looks the perfect type to go handicapping with this season.  She has already had a couple of educational runs where unsurprisingly not showing up and I would expect her to finish at the rear of the pack on her next outing before being given a mark south of 100 to enable her to go to war down the handicap route.  When she’s ready to try she will more than likely be nibbled in the betting but she’s another who should pay her way for a level stakes approach