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Winning First Grade Show Jumping Jockey Lizzie Kelly Reveals Her Six To Watch After Joining Racemail

Lizzie Kelly Reveals Her Six To Watch Ahead Of Cheltenham November Meet This Week – Grade One Winning Show Jumper Joins Racemail For Show Jumping Season

  • Nicky Henderson’s chaser Shishkin can fill his stablemate Altior’s horseshoes
  • Bravemansgame has a ton of potential and impressed on its debut as a chaser
  • Brave Kingdon turned heads with the first win at Chepstow last week


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The Cheltenham November meeting kicks off on Friday and with the coaches beginning to unfold their big guns, the show jumping races are truly center stage.

I may not be a jockey anymore, but I am still very involved in the sport, I go out almost every day and go to the track to work with the media. I hope I can share my opinions with Racemail readers throughout the season.

We have already seen some exciting performances.

Bravemansgame's jump was fantastic when he made his debut as a chaser at Newton Abbot

Bravemansgame’s jump was fantastic when he made his debut as a chaser at Newton Abbot

MY DRUG TO THRIVE

The horse I look forward to seeing the most at Cheltenham later this week is My Drogo, trained by Dan Skelton, in the two-and-a-half mile rookie chase on Friday.

He won the grade one Mersey Novices’ Hurdle in April and has the physique to really thrive on the hurdles.

Coincidentally, the only horse to have beaten My Drogo, I Am Maximus, makes his hurdle race debut at Exeter (1.10).

Dan Skelton’s Allmankind looked exceptional when he won the Old Roan Chase at Aintree last month, rebounding from the loss at last year’s Arkle Novices’ Chase. You should keep getting better as you learn to relax more in your careers.

Coach Colin Tizzard’s team appears to be in better shape. It was heartening to see Eldorado Allen, who was a bridesmaid last season, win last week’s Haldon Gold Cup in Exeter.

Hurdles rookie Camprond has already answered some serious questions in style for coach Philip Hobbs and jockey Aidan Coleman with wins at Chepstow and Cheltenham last month, while King George VI winner Chase Frodon was special when he landed Champion Chase. at Down Royal last week.

There are so many classy horses to pay attention to, but here are six that I’ll be following more closely …

SHISHKIN: Nicky Henderson’s chaser has huge horseshoes to fill after the retirement of Altior, his stablemate and double champion of the Hunt for the Queen Mother. But it was imperative when he won the Arkle in March and continued in style at Aintree a few weeks later. His potential clash with Chacun Pour Soi at next month’s Tingle Creek Chase in Sandown will be delicious.

BRAVEMANSGAME: It didn’t quite work out at Cheltenham and Aintree for the Paul Nicholls-trained gelding, but he’s a Grade One winning rookie hurdles whose leap was fantastic when he made his chaser debut at Newton Abbot. It has a lot of potential.

BRAVE KINGDOM: Nicholls has inherited some talented horses from fellow trainer Harry Whittington and he turned heads at Chepstow last week, coming home from a maiden hurdle.

CHILD HERMES: A horse that I bought and I really like that it is trained by my mother Jane Williams. He showed plenty of promise when he was second to I Like To Move It on his hurdling debut at Worcester last month and the form is looking even better after the winner kept landing another rookie hurdle at Cheltenham last month. Run to Bangor this afternoon.

LEADING CHOICE: A horse that I have ridden quite a bit in Nicky Martin’s stable in Somerset. He won a Bumper at Ffos Las last month and it will be even better when he finally overcomes the obstacles.

GLADIATEUR ALLEN: A good winner at Ascot last season and ran well in a Sandown race. Another coached by my mother, the terrain was terrible when he made his seasonal comeback at Ffos Las when they were slow and pulling too hard. It has a great engine and a lot of promise.

Serious reform is required in Britain

Coming into jumping season, it’s hard to ignore the clover-clad elephant in the room. Ireland gave a ‘green wash’ at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, beating the home team 23 wins to five and leaving many here debating what had gone wrong. It won’t be much easier this season either as the Irish are still so strong.

Their ranks include Champion Hurdler Honeysuckle, last season’s Gold Cup winner Minella Indo, Chacun Pour Soi, Energumene plus two-time Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo, who coach Willie Mullins has said will have a season. busier as she tries to get her crown back.

Ireland gave a 'green wash' at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival with 23 wins

Ireland gave a 'green wash' at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival with 23 wins

Ireland gave a ‘green wash’ at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival with 23 wins

This is going to require a change and a serious reform of the program is needed in Britain.

There are too many options for running, especially for pursuers, providing escape routes to avoid rivals and too many smooth runs. On the contrary, fewer races in Ireland mean that competitors have to crash more. They become tough in battle, which can be a big factor when there is pressure at the Festival.

On Sunday, Nicky Henderson’s Chantry House, one of Britain’s great hopes for the Gold Cup and the Hunt for King George VI, beat just one opponent at Sandown. He walked home and would have had to try harder at a gallop. If we want to change things, we have to be brave and make radical decisions about how our season is built.

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