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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Punting pointers: six jumpers to keep your eye on this summer

Henryville: looks the type to tackle the Summer Classic at Uttoxeter
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With Cartmel's return to the fold next weekend a sure sign that spring will soon become summer, the Racing Post's West Country correspondent Andrew King selects six horses to follow over the coming months . . . 

Bagad Bihoue (Paul Nicholls)

Has taken very well to fences so far and is the type his trainer places to optimum effect over the summer as he must have fast conditions. It would be no surprise to see him take in the big chases at Market Rasen and Newton Abbot.

Celestial Path (David Pipe)

Did not really progress after showing plenty of promise on the Flat for his former trainer Sir Mark Prescott and the switch in stables and code have yet to yield a win. He has looked to be struggling to get home in his races over hurdles but the faster ground he is likely to encounter over the summer and early autumn should help.

Harry Fry: trainer of Henryville, who may land a nice prize this summer

Henryville (Harry Fry)

His trainer does not have many runners over the summer months so the hint that he is keeping this horse on the go should be heeded. He is above average when conditions are in his favour and Fry seems to have found the key to him. He looks the type to contest valuable chases such as the Summer Classic at Uttoxeter.

Majestic Touch (Philip Hobbs)

The decent ground helped his cause when winning over hurdles at Uttoxeter recently and he is expected to build on that performance as he is still relatively unexposed. He might not be seen if the ground becomes very quick until early in the autumn but is one to keep on the right side.

Philip Hobbs: trainer of Majestic Touch and Wishfull Dreaming, both worth following this summer

Moabit (Paul Nicholls)

Moabit did very well in a hurdling campaign last summer when running up a sequence of wins and connections are keen for him to do the same over fences in coming months. He has schooled well at home and is due to make his debut over fences shortly.

Wishfull Dreaming (Philip Hobbs)

Has not lived up to early promise but can be forgiven for a below-par performance at Ludlow recently when the race cut up and they dawdled before quickening from the front – he was caught flat-footed and needs a strong pace to run at to be seen at his best. He will be placed to make amends.

He's expected to build on that performance as he'ss still relatively unexposed
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