Tom Ellis looks at the contenders for the latest G&T ‘three to follow’ competition

The G&T Racing three to follow competition was launched last season and it’s back again for the 2017/18 season – bigger and better! There are 27 horses to choose from so we thought it would be a good idea to sit down with the trainer (with a G&T of course) and ask him for his thoughts about the contenders.

The obvious place to start was with last season’s stable star, Vedettariat

With the gin poured we started at the top of the barn and this is what the trainer had to say:

Vedettariat – ‘Terry’ was last season’s stable star, winning three from five; he picked up a slight injury and is likely to have a light campaign.

Celtic Silver – Ultra-consistent, a tough little horse who loves fast ground.

Donnie Brasco – Unraced 4-y-o, a horse we think a lot of, looks a proper staying chaser.

Donnie Brasco and Celtic Silver are proving popular with G&T followers

Tom and Gina have been making good use of the facilities at Lodge Hill – home of Dan Skelton Racing – to work their intended early season runners, including the two featured in the video, Donnie Brasco and Celtic Silver.

Kalabaloo (left) and Holy Street are also popular selections

Holy Street is a popular selection and the trainer must like him as he’s included him in his three to follow – a good sign, maybe? He’s also chosen Ginuwinefizz and Kalabaloo, but we’ll keep his unraced selection a secret for now!

Holy Street – 5-y-o by Presenting who was purchased from Alan King, has nice form in bumpers and over hurdles.

Withorwithoutlou – An unraced 5-y-o by Mahler, she has needed time to strengthen up and has been schooling and working well.

We’re still waiting to hear from Martin Wanless with his selections (although he has been a bit busy!)

There are 16 unraced horses to choose from, which represents a great chance to get some big early points on the board (unraced first time out winners score double points), you just need to choose wisely…

Unnamed (Goose) – A very forward 3-y-o by Getaway, half brother to Tanks For That (placed at the Cheltenham Festival).

Willflywontsink – Ex-Irish mare, she has been placed in all seven Irish point-to-points that she has contested.

Roysta’s Spirit – Ran well on her only start last season but unfortunately picked up a small injury, a mare we like a lot.

Charlie (left) is on Total Compliance and Kate is on her own horse, Roysta’s Spirit – will she select ‘Kipper’ for her three?

Total Compliance – Had a light campaign last season as he was suffering from a virus, seems in top form now – loves Horseheath.

Ginuwinefizz – Very consistent, he hasn’t stopped improving since day one, a fantastic jumper who enjoys good ground.

King’s Walden – Did well to win last season as he could never quite shake off the effects of a virus, he’s going well at home this time around.

Mr Consistency, Ginuwinefizz – another one who the trainer has selected!

Unnamed (Milo) – An unraced 3-y-o, he could well be the champs favourite young horse!

Enfant Du Mou – ‘Pierre’ is an unraced 3-y-o, a gorgeous big scopey horse who may need time.

Kalabaloo – Won her sole start in an Irish point-to-point, she is a well related mare who shows all the right signs at home.

Jake looks on as the team warm up at Lodge Hill – he’s not in the three to follow!

Free Of Charge – Ex Gordon Elliott, this is the horse that will fly the flag for our Ice and a Slice Racing Club, has some good form in Irish points. *Out for the season

Unnamed (Maverick) – Unraced 3-y-o by Flemensfirth, jumps well, will probably be suited by some cut in the ground.

Handy Glance – Out of multiple winner, Sherwood Rose, we will look for a maiden in the new year.

A flying leap from Will and Handy Glance at our recent Owners Day

Icallherkaytee – Unraced 4-y-o by Kayf Tara, Katy is a homebred who belongs to Mrs Rogers (who also owns Total Compliance).

Unnamed (Sarah) – Homebred who belongs to Mrs Welch, a tough filly by Sulamani, likely to run in a mid-season maiden.

The hard work with the youngsters started back in the summer for Jack

Unnamed (Duncan) – Another homebred who belongs to Mrs Welch, a big strong 4-y-o who will be suited by a galloping track.

Unnamed (Roy) – An unraced 4-y-o who has proven tricky to break in and will need plenty of time, he is owned by Group 1-winning British jockey, Adam Kirby.

Unnamed (Oscar) – A big tall rangy 4-y-o by Mountain High, he has needed plenty of time.

There are high hopes for our homebred, Latenightpass (on the right with the champ)

Latenightpass – Our homebred, he may be small but he has the heart of a lion, will be ready early.

Unnamed (Sophie) – By Malinas, is also a homebred belonging to Mrs Welch, a half-sister to the talented but fragile, Tigeralley.

Unnamed (Matilda) – Another one of the homebreds sent to us by Mrs Welch, half sister to point winner, Gretta Rose, likely to head to one of the point-to-point bumpers.

Rumours were rife at Heath Barn that the trainer was considering a comeback, he’s decided to stay on the ground although he did enjoy this impromptu spin two weeks ago!

So, there you have it, to enter you need to select three horses, plus a bonus selection which must be one of the unraced horses. Points are awarded to selections if they finish in the first four when they race, and if the unraced horse wins first time out double points will be awarded! Entries cost £20 and prize money will be paid to the first three in the table at the end of the season. Email entries to or call/text 07715 575605 – Good luck!

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