The National Hunt season is now in full swing and this Saturday sees the massively exciting Fingal Bay make his seasonal reappearance. The Philip Hobbs horse was a top class novice hurdler last season winning four out of his five starts and most expect to be a major player over the bigger obstacles this term. Fingal Bay was well backed to run a massive race at the Cheltenham Festival last season before an injury put a stop to those plans to the disappointment of connections. He returned to the track in April at Aintree where he was beaten into second behind Lovecen when he clearly needed the run and he remains a fantastic prospect over fences with Cheltenham in mind this season. His record last season included a great win over subsequent Neptune Novices Hurdle winner Simonsig on sticky ground at Sandown and that form alone marks him out as potentially very special.
Fingal Bay will make his seasonal debut in the Robert Mottram Memorial Novices Chase at Chepstow on Saturday and a good run there could increase the hype about this horse. At this early stage of the season the feeling is that Fingal Bay is a staying type and the RSA Chase at Cheltenham is his likely target if all things go to plan between now and the Festival in March. He is already being well backed for that race and potentially it looks like a hot division this year with the likes of Boston Bob and old adversary Simonsig potential opponents for Fingal Bay. Simonsig was one of the most impressive winners of the entire Cheltenham Festival last season and that alone ensures Fingal Bay is to be respected if he takes to the big fences as expected this winter. There is of course a long long way to go for the likes of Fingal Bay to make it to the Festival but if early indications are to be believed then we at lease have a horse to watch over the coming months.