MALCOLM JEFFERSON has been sending out winners left, right and centre this season and with 27 successes from only 106 runners already under his belt it looks he will have little trouble sailing past last season's tally of 37 winners and nearly £300,000 in prize money.
From only 11 runners in the past 14 days the Newstead Cottage Stable in Norton near Malton has amassed three winners and three seconds and with the likes of Mount Mews, Cloudy Dream and Waiting Patiently there could well be glory days on the big stages of Cheltenham and Aintree to which Jefferson is well accustomed when provided with the right ammunition.
Jefferson said: "The horses are running well and I couldn't be happier with them. We have a nice bunch and a lot of nice young horses with any amount of potential."
Malcolm could have a few runners at Haydock this weekend and kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about some of his main hopes for the season.
4 b g Revoque - Annie's Girl
117 rated hurdler. Winner of a bumper at Hexham in June and won a maiden hurdle there (2m 4f) in October by three and a quarter lengths from Mondlicht. Followed up with a length and a quarter victory from Vengeur De Guye at Uttoxeter (2m 4f) in November off a mark of 110.
"He goes to Haydock this weekend for a handicap hurdle and he's a nice young horse. He ought to improve with age and in time I think he will be a three miler."
7 b m Scorpion - Cardona
134 rated hurdler. Three times winning hurdler last season who put up her best effort this term at Market Rasen (2m 4 1/2f) in October when runner-up, beaten only a length and three quarters, to L'Aigle Royal off her current mark. Pulled up in a mares handicap hurdle won by Briery Queen at Cheltenham (2m 4 1/2f) last Saturday.
"She ran disappointingly at Cheltenham on Saturday and we don't know why as she went there in very good form. She is usually pretty tough and consistent and is probably just too high in the handicap at present."
6 gr g Cloudings - Run Away Dream
144 rated chaser. Winner of six of his 9 starts under Rules and finished runner-up, beaten only a length and a quarter to Ch'Tibello in the Grade 2 Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr (2m) last April off a mark of 133. Winner of both of his chases this term beating Chidswell three lengths in a beginners chase at Carlisle (2m) in October and Pain Au Chocolat 12 lengths in a Graduation Chase at Haydock (2m 1/2f) in November.
"He might go to Haydock for his next run and won on soft ground last time but he is better horse on better ground. He has won his two chases in good style and is a lovely horse who hopefully has an even brighter future over fences."
7 b g Overbury - Barton Belle
Scored by a neck from Shadow Catcher in a Novices' Chase at Perth (2m 4f) in September 2015 when last seen out and also a three times winner over hurdles including when beating Vago Collonges ten lengths in a Grade 2 event at Aintree (2m) in April of that year.
"He won't run until the end of January/February time. He had a bit of a setback and just got a bit of a dirty nose and I expected him to be out at Christmas but he isn't going to be now. I am not quite sure where we go with him at present."
6 ch g Fruits of Love - Zaffre
139 rated chaser. Winner of novices' handicap chases at Carlisle (2m) off a mark of 128 and Wetherby (1m 7f) off a marik of 135 in October. Finished seventh, beaten 22 lengths, to Knockgraffon at Newbury (2m 1/2f) off a mark of 140 in November.
"He went down to Newbury and gave 8lb to everything in a limited handicap and got beaten 22 lengths and I thought the handicapper might have dropped him 3lb but they only dropped him 1lb. I am not quite sure where we go yet but he's in three or four races and doesn't like really deep ground. Whether we give him a bit of break and come back on the Spring ground we will have to see."
5 b g Dubai Destination - Just Another Penny
Easy winner of a bumper at Carlisle in October and runner-up, beaten only two and a quarter lengths, to Elgin in a maiden hurdle at Newcastle later in the month.
"He ran a blinder over two at Newcastle the other day on his debut over hurdles and wants stepping up in trip. I rather think he will be better at three but we will go two and a half and two six next but I am not sure where we go. Over Christmas there isn't much for him and I haven't seem a race yet - he likes soft ground."
FIRTH OF THE CLYDE
11 b g Flemensfirth - Miss Nel
147 rated chaser. Winner of handicap chases at Sedgefield (2m 3 1/2f) in January off a mark of 137 and Carlisle (3m 1/2f) in March off 142 before being unplaced in a listed handicap chase at Ayr (2m 4 1/2f) in April off a mark of 148.
"He is high in the weights and is the oldest horse and highest rated horse in the yard. That Veterans Chase Series Sandown Final would come under consideration but he's too high in the handicap at present. He's a grand horse and very consistent and that has kept him up the weights. He won two uncompetitive races last year and went up an awful lot in the weights as a result."
6 b g Kayf Tara - Shuildante
130 rated chaser. Finished third, beaten 20 lengths, to Calett Mad at Newcastle (2m 7 1/2f) in November off a mark of 133.
"He ran all right at Newcastle on his last start and run at Catterick today in a beginners chase. He is probably a better horse in Spring time than he is at this time of the year."
5 gr g Fair Mix - Wuchowsen
Has ran well in his three bumpers and runner-up, beaten eight lengths, to Getaway Whiskey at Catterick at the end of November on his first outing since April.
"He is a lovely young horse who is just a big lad and he might go for another bumper at Ayr before going hurdling. He has been second twice and finished fourth in his bumpers and Catterick was probably a bit sharp for him and he was beaten by a decent horse on that occasion."
4 b f Exit To Nowhere - Scarvagh Diamond
125 rated hurdler. Scored by 17 lengths from Quietly in a maiden hurdle at Hexham (2m) in November and followed up with a seven length victory from Oscar's Prospect when heavily odds-on at Kelso (2m 5f) last week.
"She has done really well and I am pleased with her but the handicapper gave her a mark of 125 to start with which for me is high enough. She is a real nice filly and she was going to go to Haydock but we will give her a little more time."
4 b g Stowaway - Western Whisper
Winner of a bumper at the fourth attempt when beating Notnow Seamus three and three quarter lengths at Newcastle last week.
"He is a big young horse who will get better as he gets older and wants to put a bit of weight on really. He has had two runs for me and finished second then won and he's a nice sort and we won't be in a hurry with him. He probably won't go hurdling until the end of January and he wouldn't want really deep ground."
5 b g Presenting - Kneeland Lass
Winner of his three starts to date. Successful in bumpers at Market Rasen in April and Kelso in May and made a winning debut over hurdles at Kelso (2m) this month when beating Sam Spinner four lengths.
"He's a nice horse and won his two bumpers and his hurdle at Kelso and I don't know how good he is. He has done nothing wrong yet and he might go to Haydock in January next for the EBF Qualifier."
5 br g Indian Danehill - Our Ethel
130 rated hurdler. Not out of the first three in six outings under Rules and winner of a bumper at Hexham in June and Novices' Hurdle at Ayr (2m) in October by a head from Verona Again.
"He's another nice horse and a half brother to Attaglance. He wouldn't want it really deep and we will give him plenty of time. We haven't decided where we go with him next yet."
6 gr m Proclamation - Anabranch
120 rated chaser. Winner twice last season in handicap chases at Newcastle (2m 1/2f) and Catterick (1m 7 1/2f). Finished last of five off a mark of 124 in a handicap chase won by Apterix at Wetherby (1m 7f) this month off a mark of 124.
"She won at Newcastle and Catterick last season and was also placed and she got too high in the handicap. The handicapper has dropped her 4lb since her last run at Newcastle and she could run at Catterick in a 0-120 over two miles and three furlongs in the New Year. She does like soft ground and the softer the better."
8 b g Oscar - Cash And New
145 rated hurdler. Made a winning reappearance in a handicap hurdle at Market Rasen (2m 4 1/2f) in November when beating Duke Street a length off a mark of 140.
"He won at Market Rasen and I want to qualify him for the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham in March. He might have to go to Musselburgh for a qualifier which might suit him."
6 b m Kayf Tara - Oscars Vision
123 rated hurdler. Successful on her last start at Perth (2m 4f) in April when beating Dubh Eile a length and three quarters off a mark of 116.
"She was poorly but is just nicely back now. She will go novice chasing when we get her ready again and she is quite a nice mare."
5 b g Indian Danehill - Jontys' Lass
122 rated hurdler. Winner of both of his starts this season - scoring by a neck from Ballyarthur at Carlisle (2m 4f) in October and followed up with a 36 length victory from Kalaharry at Hexham (2m 4f) in November.
"He's a grand little horse and it's difficult finding races in the North over the right trip and on the right ground. He likes a stiffish track, is rated 122 and finding a handicap hurdle over two and a half or over two miles and six is not very easy. I think there is one at Wetherby on Boxing Day. He is not the biggest horse in the world but he has a big heart and he will chase in due course."
7 ch g Fruits of Love - Bonny River
137 rated hurdler. Scored by eight lengths from Granville Island on his reappearance in a handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m 4f) in November off a mark of 129.
"He won at Uttoxeter after he had been off for two years and he goes to Haydock on Saturday. He had good form before he got injured and he has come back out of that grand. All being well he will run at Haydock on Saturday."
9 b g Cloudings - Miss Melrose
131 rated chaser and 120 rated hurdler. Best effort this term when fourth, beaten seven and a half lengths, to Mango Cap on his reappearance in a handicap hurdle at Perth (3m) in September off a mark of 124.
"He has been hard to place as he has always been handicapped pretty high. He is not the biggest of horses and if he is dropped to 130 we may go to Uttoxeter or Market Rasen to try and find a race."
8 b g Stowaway - Rosie's Trix
130 rated chaser. Made winning reappearance when beating Somchine half a length in a handicap chase at Southwell (2m 4 1/2f) in May off a mark of 123 and followed up on at Kelso (2m 5 1/2f) last month when accounting for Shimla Dawn by three and a half lengths off mark of 126.
"He has won both of his races this season and loves plenty of cut in the ground. He is in grand form and the plan is to go for the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock on Saturday."
8 b g Robin Des Champs - Betty Brune
122 rated chaser. Started 7-2 favourite and weakened before three out when fifth to Palm Grey in a novices handicap chase at Carlisle (2m 5f) on Sunday.
"He ran in a novices handicap chase at Carlisle on Sunday and travelled well for a long way but needs to come down the weights a bit more and might be suited by a step back in trip."
5 b g Flemensfirth - Rossavon
140 rated chaser. Made a pleasing reappearance in a novices handicap chase at Sedgefield (2m 1/2f) in November when beating Burtons Well seven lengths and followed up in a novices' chase at Newcastle (2m 1/2f) this month when readily scoring by two and a quarter lengths from Forest Bihan.
"He is a nice horse and has won his first two over fences this season and loves soft ground. I don't know how good he is going to be as he's a real nice horse. He will always be a good horse on heavy ground and will get two and a half miles."
BLACK IVORY - progressive sort who could have a lot more to offer and next stop is Haydock on Saturday.
CLOUDY DREAM - classy sort who has won both his chases this season and can go a lot further up the ladder.
HELMSLEY LAD - beaten by a Skelton hotpot in a bumper at Catterick last time but could win in that grade shortly before embarking on a lucrative hurdling career.
MOUNT MEWS - looks a machine and can put the stable right up where it belongs.
OSCAR ROCK - won well on his reappearance at Market Rasen and could well prosper further.
WAITING PATIENTLY - the world looks his oyster over fences and can be followed closely.