A Review Of Jumping Prospects
It’s that time of year when we jumps fans start looking forward to not just early nights but also the novice hurdlers and chasers, the trips to Cheltenham (my first will be the PaddyPower in November), the first jumps meeting at Chepstow when the ex-champion trainer Paul Nicholls usually runs 2-3 new recruits to his yard, and finally the hunt for information on the new jumps season.
I wait with anticipation for the jumps publications to hit the shelves and this year we have decided here at SBB Columns to review one of the most successful publications around the jumping scene, JUMPING PROSPECTS. This is the work of former BBC radio and journalist John Morris and this tome is now into its 22nd year of publication.
Morris is well known in the north of the country for his Cheltenham previews with trainers and other racing professionals. This book is his life work and unlike other publications Morris is a one-man band travelling the length of the country visiting trainers to get their thoughts on their stable stars and the new recruits. You only have to read the author’s introduction to see the man is steeped in jump racing, his mission is to bring his readers the thoughts of the trainers and most of all to help find winners.
The foreword is written by Charlie Longsdon who heaps praise on the author’s 22-year career in writing this publication; he mentions also that Morris has put extra coverage into this year’s book with the Irish contingent, which concentrates on 30 horses from various trainers – Morris gives you the inside angle on these horses along with the ‘young’uns’ where he concentrates on the new trainers who we will hear a lot about this coming season. Two of these are Ben Pauling (ex-assistant to Nicky Henderson) and Noel Williams (ex-assistant to Alan King) and both are expected to make their mark this coming season.
Without doubt the main focus of Jumping Prospects is the trainers comments on their string; John Morris draws the information out of the trainer and then gives you his thoughts about the horse too. I find the book invaluable as a source of credible intelligence on these horses, Morris states in his introduction that last season, 92 horses in the book won on debut! With 259 winners out of 382 that actually ran this is terrific information for the punter – this book is all about helping punters to find winners and for the price £15 (with p/p) there is no doubt in this blogger’s opinion that it’s a bargain!
It is only left for me to wish John Morris all the best of luck with the book this coming season and we here at SBB Columns have no problem recommending this book to jumping enthusiasts
If you wish to order the book, please contact John Morris
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