I do this feature from time to time. There were two horses that caught my eye over the last few weeks, who I will highlight here.
Amour De Nuit
I have been impressed with Amour De Nuit over the last several runs. Paul Nicholls has won the Persian War novice hurdle five times in the last ten years, Nicholls relied on Amour De Nuit in 2017. The Persian War novice hurdle went to Poetic Rhythm who saw off Amour De Nuit in a really good finish. I must admit, I will be taking Amour De Nuit out of the race I have rarely seen a novice hurdler jump as efficiently or quickly. I think when Amour De Nuit goes into a handicap he could be very good. Paul Nicholls could well have some big pots in mind through the winter. A decent horse on the flat for Sir Mark Prescott Amour De Nuit has done little wrong since arriving at Paul Nicholls yard. Amour De Nuit has won three of his last six over hurdles. Amour De Nuit has been racing with penalties and double penalties at Newton Abbot on 15-4-17 and 22-9-17. Amour De Nuit will be toughened up by that process. I really like the way Amour De Nuit jumps and I cannot emphasize enough what an asset this will be in the red-hot heat of handicap hurdles.
Audacious Plan is a horse I like. Audacious Plan has run a couple of nice races last season at Chepstow and Bangor. If you go back to the run of Audacious Plan at the Punchestown Festival in May 2015. Audacious Plan finished second on that occasion over 3 miles 6 furlongs, this was a good run. Audacious Plan has moved from Rebecca Curtis to Dr. Richard Newland who is a very sharp trainer. Audacious Plan became the latest in a long line of horses to have his career revived by Dr. Richard Newland. I loved the way Audacious Plan moved through the race at Uttoxeter on 8-10-17 over fences. Audacious Plan was a really impressive winner over hurdles at Huntingdon on 17/10/17 winning by twelve lengths. I think Audacious Plan will have a really good campaign back over fences. The races like the three and a half mile handicap at the Cheltenham open meeting, the Welsh National and the Classic chase at Warwick would all be viable targets. I am certain the Aintree Grand National will be the long-term target.