My National Hunt Dark Horses to Follow is a new part of the website that I hope, although short, will prove a profitable section to follow.  Having put together the main horses, unraced and handicappers I realised that there was a section for horses who don't appear to have much form to their names but have a reason as to why they should be thought better of

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 [email protected]
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One of my horses to follow from last season simply didn’t cut it over hurdles as expected however chasing was always going to be his premier vocation and I’m willing to think that there are races to be won with him over the bigger obstacles.  He’s had a wind operation following his final run last season and he is an interesting proposition now switching codes

CLONDAW CRACKER (Neil Mulholland)
This horse may surprise a few this coming season.  Having made a big impression in his Irish Point he was bought for £120k by Roger Brookhouse and looked an exciting horse when beating Asum on his bumper deput in a performance oozing quality.  Unfortunately his career took a dive soon after as he burst a blood vessel at Wetherby on his hurdles bow.  He didn’t feature again until April where he finished a remote 10th at Ascot.  I would assume that his final run of the season would have been a test run and potentially he may struggle to recover from his tough run earlier in the season.  I’m hoping Neil Mulholland can work his magic on this gelding

Made late headway on his only appearance on the track to date Alan says his preparations were far from ideal that day and this horse must be much better than that.  He’s strengthened up during the summer and Alan likes him a lot.  Alan isn’t majorly bullish about many of his string so his admiration for this one may be worthwhile making a note of

KILDISART (Ben Pauling)
This horse finished five lengths adrift of Claimantakenforgan in his Irish Point but ahead of Lough Derg Spirit which is good form.  His bumper display was a little underwhelming having travelled neatly in to the race but weakened when popped the question.  My interpretation of the race would be that he needed the run but he also looked to have a fair amount of development to do and has been given plenty of time by his trainer to grow in to himself.  The fact Ben’s wife owns the horse would be a big positive and given another summer on his back I feel this horse has the potential to win races

Thrown in at the deep end on debut for Kim Bailey this horse ran a cracking race at Ascot in a race won by Western Ryder.  He showed a willing attitude to stay on at the one pace without matching his more experienced and better quality opponents and given his experience and fitness I immediately added him to the tracker.  He failed to justify favouritism next time out when the unknown Kalashnikov made the most of the advantageous weight.  He should continue his improvement now that bit older and I’d expect to see a different specimen next time he runs.  It would be surprising if he didn’t win a novice hurdle and I’d like to think he can get better and better as the season progresses for his patient trainer

MOLINEAUX (Colin Tizzard)
This full brother to Voler La Vedette has started his career slowly however I can’t help but feel we have not seen the best of him by far.  He is still a novice and looked very raw last season.  Colin is the perfect trainer to get the required improvement to make his mark and I would be surprised if he didn’t reward level stakes bets this season.  I was taken with his reappearance as he jumped slickly before weakening tamely suggesting a lack of match fitness, he is one to watch out for