Best Upcoming Talents In Horse Racing To Keep An Eye On

Horse racing is a sport that is constantly evolving, which means that new faces are constantly coming through in order to take on the older card. That does certainly make for an open feel to the big races this season, as the National Hunt season gets underway in October.

All eyes will firmly be fixed on the Breeders Cup 2022 and the Cheltenham Festival in 2023, with ante-post markets already open for the biggest races. Before, however, there are a couple of prep races in Saratoga racetrack, which you can follow here:

But, who are some of the upcoming talents to keep an eye on as the season gets underway?


One of the biggest disappointments for fans that had ante-post bets on the Cheltenham Festival in 2022 was the fact that one of the biggest stars was missing.

Willie Mullins admitted at an early stage of the season that Monkfish would be sidelined for the whole of the 2021-22 campaign and that he would be trying to get him back fit for the start of the following season.

There’s little doubt that excitement levels surrounding the eight-year-old were at an all-time high after his dominant win in the G1 RSA Chase in 2021, and even a second at Punchestown couldn’t stop the feeling that there was something special about Monkfish. He will return in 2022, and already fans are expecting dominance.

Galopin des Champs

Speaking of dominant Mullins runners, that leads us on very nicely to Galopin Des Champs. The six-year-old was one of the stars of the season in 2021-22, and but for a mishap at the final fence in the G1 Turners’ Novices’ Chase, he would have remained unbeaten over fences. The six-year-old could run that same race at Cheltenham another 100 times and the fall at the final fence wouldn’t happen again.

There didn’t seem to be any lasting effects for the French-bred runner anyway, as he returned to his dominant best at Fairyhouse just a month later. He jumped perfectly around the two mile four furlong track, and beat his rivals into submission, eventually finishing 18 lengths clear of Master McShee. All sights will quickly turn back to Cheltenham next year, and a potential bid for Gold Cup glory.

Constitution Hill

It isn’t all about the Irish-trained runners this season, as the hopes of the Brits will be high that Honeysuckle’s dominance in the Champion Hurdle could soon be over. Constitution Hill delivered the performance of the Cheltenham Festival earlier this year, as he dismantled a supremely talented field to win the G1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle by 22 lengths from stablemate Jonbon.

An early clash with Honeysuckle in Ireland was teased, but Nicky Henderson opted instead to prepare for the new campaign. The two already appear to be on a collision course in March, and it only whets the appetite that Constitution Hill’s sectors blew Honeysuckle’s out of the water. It is already the most anticipated race of the meet, and fans will be hoping that both remain healthy for the season. 

Ahoy Senor

A Scottish-trained horse to keep an eye on for the season ahead looks to be Ahoy Senor. The eyes of connections may well be on the Gold Cup at Cheltenham, but a title at the Grand National also can’t be ruled out given how well the seven-year-old travels and jumps. Ahoy Senor came up short at Cheltenham, as he finished second behind L’Homme Presse in the G1 RSA Chase, but he gained his revenge just a month later at Aintree.

The seven-year-old jumped extremely well and looked the freshest of the four runners to finish five lengths clear of Fury Road, with L’Homme Presse and Bravemansgame finishing further back. Before a potential run in the Gold Cup, Ahoy Senor likely has a date at Kempton on Boxing Day, as the 2022 renewal of the King George Chase may be one of the best that we have seen for some time.

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