Tipster who landed 50-1 NAP picks 10 horses to follow for National Hunt season

Constiution Hill and Galopin Des Champs sit proudly at the top table of National Hunt racing after their Cheltenham Festival victories in the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup in March.

But jumps racing is not all about Cheltenham, despite what social media might have you believe. There's plenty to enjoy before then, from the Welsh Grand National to the King George and the Tingle Creek at Sandown.

Daily Star chief tipster Jason Heavey, who is riding high at the top of the National Press Challenge tipping competition, offers 10 horses to follow as the jumps season gets into full swing…

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Bill Baxter (Warren Greatrex)

My ante-post Grand National fancy (currently 50-1 with William Hill). The grey won the Topham around the Grand National fences in superb style and is being aimed at the big one in April. He could be the ideal type as he stays very well and is tough as they come. In the meantime, watch him over three miles-plus when the ground is testing.


Is very well handicapped and the Coral Trophy (formerly the Hennessy) could be on the agenda. Part-owned by Harry Redknapp he is a lot better than his current handicap mark and should be noted first time out.

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I loved the way he jumped and travelled on his chasing debut at Hexham and was only beaten by the weight he carried. He is likely to win his share of novice chases.

SANDY BROOK (Chris Gordon)

He is no world beater but looks on a lenient handicap mark whether he stays over hurdles or goes chasing.

LUCCIA (Nicky Henderson)

Luccia fluffed her lines at Cheltenham but her trainer thinks she is a lot better than that and retains unstinting faith that she can go to the top in her sphere.

ZONDA (Jonjo O’Neill)

This mare really caught the eye on her debut at Chepstow despite some novicey jumps and if she learns from the experience she is a winner in waiting.

FLORIDA DREAMS (Nicky Richards)

Won a competitive renewal of the Aintree bumper on National day and the canny Greystoke handler will know exactly what he has got. Looks very exciting.

APPLE AWAY (Lucinda Russell)

Won the Grade One Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree. It is a big season for Russell and this mare could run up a sequence of wins in mares’ novice chases. She is also rated just 141 over hurdles if they decide to flip-flop between the two.

MATATA (Nigel Twiston Davies)

He was so impressive when winning on his chasing debut at Ffos Las, giving away plenty of weight. He has to go left handed but he could take top rank in two mile novice chases.

GERRI COLOMBE (Gordon Elliott)

We’ll finish with the horse who could carry all before him this season and is a bona fide Grade One staying chaser. Gerri Colombe has won eight from nine and would have reeled in The Real Whacker in another stride or two at Cheltenham in March. He will probably start off in the Betfair Chase.

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