We are into the final stretch of the 2020/21 National Hunt season now, however, due to the way the calendar falls in the sport, there are some major races over the next few months.
Here is a look at some horses, jockeys and trainers you should look to follow if you are taking part in any fantasy leagues or competitions at the big meetings.
As you can see from the Cheltenham race results, Santini finished a close second behind Al Boum Photo in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2020. He is arguably much better prepared for another shot at the Blue Riband event at the meeting this year.
Nicky Henderson’s runner is worth looking out for in the Cheltenham Gold Cup fast results on the final day of the Festival. If all goes well at Prestbury Park, he may run in the Grand National a month later at Aintree.
Santini has yet to prevail in three starts so far in the 2020/21 campaign, however, he should be fit now so he will be in great shape when he lines up for his primary targets in 2021.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National are the two biggest races of the season and he has an excellent chance in both of them. He is a chaser to keep on your side as his best performances are likely to be ahead of him.
Champion Jockey Brian Hughes is on course to defend his title this season. He is being pushed hard by Harry Skelton though, so expect to see the reigning champion trying desperately hard for as many winners as he can.
Hughes particularly does well at the northern meetings in the country. He has had success at the big meetings though, with three winners coming at the Cheltenham Festival, including when Mister Whitaker won the 2018 Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase.
Hughes has yet to win the Grand National, a race all jockeys dream of prevailing in. Given how well he is riding this season, he is unlikely to be short of offers for this marathon contest next month.
When it comes to in-form yards at the moment, Dan Skelton is right at the top of the list. It has been an excellent season for the Lodge Hill-based trainer. He has a fantastic stable of horses who should continue to provide him with lots of winner at the end of the season.
Allmankind is one of the star horses who will be representing Skelton at Cheltenham and most likely at Aintree. He is unbeaten over fences and goes into the Arkle Chase with an excellent chance of landing major glory.
Skelton also has several talented mares to look out for in your fantasy leagues. They will be contesting the leading mares’ races where they are up there with the very best in their division.
Good luck selecting the horses in your competitions. Hopefully, the above advice can help you top your league or tournament.