Some Eyecatchers for the Autumn, hopefully they will win!

With the month of August just about slipping away its that time of year to look at a few eyecatchers that could still in both on the flat and over jumps. But for now lets focus on the jumps game.

Kilbeggan specialises in National Hunt racing throughout the summer months with very competitive cards always on offer at the Co Westmeath venue.

Well supported by the trainers one horse that caught the eye at the track was Fellow Indian from Tom Foley’s , Aughabeg yard in Co Carlow.

The 6 year old by Indian Haven had tried his luck in bumpers in 2013 , showing a level of ability, but his switch to hurdles has seen his best form to date. He may need to improve his jumping a little but Foley is good at schooling his racehorses and it wouldn’t surprise me to seem him win a maiden or even a little handicap off a reasonable mark during the autumn.

I saw William Codd’s Marmaladeskies win a point to point at Stradbally earlier in the year ,one of his brother, Jamie’s winners during his successful 2013/14 campaign for the National Riders title. The 7 year old Bishop of Cashel looked a bit of a tricky enough ride that day, but has a bit of ability. He was spotted staying on well in his last two efforts over hurdles at Down Royal and Killarney being sixth on both occasions.

With a bit of luck he looks a likely sort to win , but the difficulty might be that it will be hard to choose the day that he will win for Codd his Co Wexford based trainer and his owners the Porters from Co Wicklow.

Gigginstown Stud invest an extraordinary amount of money into racing in Ireland and it is always good to see their colours in the winners enclosure at any track in the country.

Behemoth trained by Paul Nolan in Co Wexford, the 5 year old Presenting gelding won his only start in the point to point fields. Since then his form seemed a little underwhelming to say the least. That statement of course could be put down to the fact that I have tipped him unsuccessfully once or twice as my One for the Day!

He did spring back to form at Tramore during the August Festival when winning a beginners chase and has since progressed to being a fine third in a Grade C Handicap Chase at Killarney. Racing prominently under a lightweight the 16/1 chance had to give best to Pass The Hat and Nearly Nama’d. This was a good run over 2 miles 4 furlongs as he beat some good horses on the day. Chasing is his game and I would expect Nolan to find a winning opportunity for the horse before long, or else Gigginstown might just ship him on!

Mikey O’Connor sent Buster Dan Dan on the long journey from Co Cork to Downpatrick during the week with the 6 year old Buster King horse justifying favouritism. Making all the running in O’Connors own hands this horse has progressed well this year.

He had been tried on the track before switching to the point to point fields where the dual winner has developed.

With a handicap mark over hurdles O’Connor could go that route before going chasing, and its in this world that I feel he will excel. He has the same sire as Irish Grand National winner Bluesea Cracker and in time thats where he might make a mark.

Thats an autumn list of National Hunt eyecatchers, hopefully they will win!

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