With 17 winners on the board already it looks another personal record breaking season is ahead for Warren Greatrex with his tally rising with every season he has had a trainers licence.
The respectable total of 53 winners and £434,342 in prize money was attained and there was another Grade 1 victory for his team when One Track Mind took the Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown.
Old warrior Cole Harden, winner of the Grade 1 World Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2015, is back to do the business again but there is an abundance of young untried talent for Greatrex and his team to press on with this season.
Warren kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hope can put his name up in lights this time around.
6 b g Tirwanako - Kayola
140 rated chaser and 130 rated hurdler. Winner of his first three handicap chases last season at Uttoxeter (2m 4f) in October and Warwick (2m 4f) and Newbury (2m 6 1/2f) in November. Scored by nine lengths from O'Maonlai off a mark of 129 at the Hennessy meeting.
"He did very well last year and has done very well physically over the Summer. His main aim for the first part of the season will be to go for the December Gold Cup at Cheltenham. He will probably have a hurdle race before then possibly at Exeter on November 9."
9 b g Westerner - Someone Told Me
136 rated chaser. Winner at Bangor (3m) in December and Warwick (3m) in March.
"He won two last year and we will be looking for the same sort of races. He could go for the Eider Chase in February and that may be one of his main objectives for the season. He was one of the favourites for it last year and was running very well before falling five out. He is a staying chase who I think has a big handicap in him."
4 ch g Beneficial - Greenhill Rambler
"He is the first horse I have trained for the Million In Mind Partnership and he won his second point-to-point at Barbury Castle very impressively. He has had a few real minor issues but is back in full training now and he looks a nice horse. He will probably start off in a bumper mid November. He will probably go hurdling after that at around two and a half miles and he is such a good actioned horse he would want decent ground."
6 b g Authorized - Albiatra
135 rated hurdler. Runner-up to Gala Ball at Newbury (2m 1/2f) in March in March on his reappearance and fourth to Ivan Grozny at Aintree (2m 1/2f) the following month.
"He only had two runs over hurdles last year but ran well. He had a good win on the Flat at Goodwood in the Summer and we will look at a handicap at either the Open meeting or the Hennessy meeting. He is a horse I think is open to improvement over hurdles and he will jump a fence in time. I think from wanting good ground I do actually think he will be better with some juice in the ground now. He shows enough to suggest there is a good handicap in him ."
5 gr g Saint Des Saints - Montanara Paris
126 rated hurdler. Winner of novice hurdles at Fontwell (2m 3f) (conditionals) in November and Wetherby (2m 5 1/2f) in December.
"He did well last year and won two and ran a couple of respectable races after - especially in his last race of the season. He appreciates soft ground and I still think he is nicely weighted. He seems to have improved a lot over the Summer and we will look at a handicap over two and a half miles at the beginning of November and then we can plan from there. I would hope he is a horse that can progress quite a lot this season."
5 b g Crossharbour - Lavande
Winner of one of his four bumpers last season scoring by nine lengths from Mcgregor's Cottage at Newcastle in February.
"He ran in four bumpers last year and should probably have won at least two of them. He won very nicely at Newcastle then won very respectably in a big Sales race at Newbury a week later. He has come back and jumps very well and we will look to run him in a hurdle race at the beginning of November over two miles and he will go in any ground. He has plenty of gears and I know Gavin (Sheehan) thinks he could be very smart."
5 b g Califet - Melhi Sun
Winner of two of his four bumpers. His last success when beating Morianour two and a half lengths at Stratford in May.
"He won two from four and had issue with his wind last year which we hope we have rectified now. He is a good jumper and wouldn't appreciate really soft ground. I would say his trip would be two and a half miles and he could be an exciting prospect."
4 b f Ask - Whistling Gypse
Fourth in her only bumper in Ireland in May.
"She is a nice filly we bought at Ascot in the Summer. She finished fourth in her only bumper in Ireland and she has shown me enough to suggest she can be very competitive in a mares bumper. I think there is a race on November 4 at Warwick that could be a possibility."
5 b g Martaline - Kostroma
134 rated hurdler. Winner of heavy ground novices' hurdles at Lingfield (2m 3 1/2f) in December and Fontwell (2m 5 1/2f) in February.
"He did extremely well last year and is a horse I really like. He is very tough and loves soft ground. He will start in novice chase over two and a half miles and I feel in time he could go to the big tracks. Ground is the key and he handles really soft ground very well."
7 b g Westerner - Nosie Betty
159 rated hurdler. Winner of the Grade 1 World Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m) in 2015 and finished fourth, beaten 30 3/4l, to Thistlecrack in the latest running in March. Creditable effort when third, beaten six and a half lengths, to Thistlecrack in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury (3m) in November of last year.
"The plan is to go novice chasing and I was struggling with him a few weeks ago but we are on a roll now. He was schooled on Saturday and we will start somewhere over two and a half miles in a beginners chase. We will see how he builds up from there."
3 b g Makfi - Anasazi
Winner of a handicap at Bath (1m 3 1/2f) in June off a mark of 52.
"He is a horse who came off the flat and looked quite progressive for Roger Charlton. He has schooled well and has been bought by a racing club that involves Cheltenham and hopefully he could be Cheltenham bound in March but we will see how we go with him."
4 b g Flemensfirth - Nivalf
"He is a nice horse who showed plenty last year and was due to run at Market Rasen but the ground was too quick. He will run in a bumper in the next two weeks."
FLY DU CHARMIL
5 b g Saints Des Saints - Famous Member
Winner of a bumper at Newbury last year before disappointing in three runs over hurdles.
"He won his bumper at Newbury and then the trainer made a balls of it really. I ran him too quickly then he never really came back to his best. He has Summered well and he will start in novice hurdles. We will see him in a better light in handicaps but he's a chaser in time."
4 b g Sholokhov - Fitness
Winner of his only bumper at Stratford in June.
"He actually surprised me when he won his bumper at Stratford as he hadn't been showing loads before then but he did it well. He's come back and might run in another bumper before going hurdling. He's done well physically over the Summer and it will be interesting to see how he does."
5 b g Milan - Discerning Air
Runner-up in one of his two bumpers.
"He is a horse I liked a lot he's just taken a bit of time and is a bit of a late maturer. He might run in another bumper before he goes hurdling. He shows everything right but it just hasn't all clicked into place yet but maybe another Summer on his back will have helped."
7 b m Kalanisi - Donna's Princess
132 rated hurdler. Winner of two of 10 races over hurdles. Last success when beating Midnight Jazz six lengths off a mark of 125 at Exeter (2m 2 1/2f) in February.
"She is a mare I have always liked but she has had quite a bad issue with an eye which thankfully seems to be on the mend. There is a chance we will try fences this year but she has always been good and it hasn't always fallen into place."
4 b f Kayf Tara - La Harde
Winner of one of her two bumpers scoring impressively at Bangor in March. Disappointing favourite for a similar event at Aintree on Sunday.
"She was a very impressive winner of her first bumper and I think she has improved over the Summer. She did not run up to expectations at Aintree on Sunday but she is better than that."
5 b g Westerner - You Take Care
Winner of his first bumper at Market Rasen in November and odds-on when third in a similar event at Wetherby in April.
"He only ran once for me finishing third at Wetherby but he had been on the go a long time. He has come back in and looks great and he will start in a hurdle probably over two miles and build up from there. He's showing up very well and is definitely one to watch."
7 b g Act One - Queen Of Spades
Lightly raced and winner of a novice hurdle at Exeter (2m 1f) in November 2014 by two lengths from Jollyallan.
"He has had a year off and has come back in and seems fine now. His form was very strong before that and I think he is a very good horse but he is quite fragile. If we can keep him in one piece he's a very good horse."
LA BAGUE AU ROI
5 b m Doctor Dino - Alliance Royale
Winner of her first three bumpers at Newton Abbot, Aintree and Huntingdon before disappointing in a Grade 2 event won by Kafy Grace at Aintree in April.
"The plan is to go to Uttoxeter on Friday. She has been schooling well and her work has improved since last year. I have never hidden the fact that she is high class. I don't think she was at her best at Aintree last April but before then she looked very impressive. We will see how get along but the novice hurdle at Cheltenham would be an aim I suppose."
5 br g Winged Love - Dixies Gem
Winner of one of his two point-to-points.
"He is a horse I liked from the point-to-point field. He looks a solid horse at home doesn't show you that much but just gets along with his business. He jumps very well and stays very well and loves soft ground. I might well run him in a bumper for a bit of experience but two and a half mile novice hurdles in soft ground will be his forte."
MA DU FOU
6 b/br g Le Fou - Belle Du Ma
138 hurdler. Completed a hat trick when beating North Hill Harvey a length and a quarter in the Listed Sidney Banks Memorial Hurdle at Huntingdon (2m 3 1/2f) in February.
"He won three last year including a listed race and I don't know what happened at Aintree but it looked like he had some sort of issue and then ran well at Sandown on the final day of the season. He is going to go novice chasing and will probably start over two miles. He jumps extremely well and hopefully he can go into higher ranks over fences."
6 b g Golan - Polly's Dream
145 rated hurdler. Scored by 12 lengths from Billy No Name on his reappearance in a handicap hurdle at Newbury (3m) in November off a mark of 123 and beaten only three lengths by Two Taffs in a valuable handicap hurdle at Ayr (2m 5 1/2f0 off a mark of 143 in April.
"He has been very lightly raced for me but he won at Newbury very well and the ground was too quick for him at the Festival. He then ran a very good race in his last race at Ayr when giving Two Taffs 14lb. He will go novice chasing and will start over two and a half miles on soft ground. He is a very straightforward horse and he could be very good over fences."
4 b g Brian Boru - Belsalsa
Winner of his only point-to-point in Ireland.
"He won the first four-year-old point-to-point of the season in heavy ground and led from start to finish. He has done very well and he will start in a bumper in about a months time. He might stay in bumpers for the season but there is no pressure."
ONE TRACK MIND
6 b g Flemensfirth - Lady Petit
158 rated hurdler. Improved with experience last season and career best effort in the Grade 1 Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown (3m) in April when beating Jennies Jewel two and a quarter lengths.
"He was brilliant last year and won a Grade 1 at Punchestown Festival. He has done really well over the Summer and he will go novice chasing. We will start him over two and a half/two miles six and if he comes to hand he could go to Newbury on November 3 for a beginners chase if we can. He is a very exciting horse who goes on any ground and he could take top rank over fences. I think he could be a better chaser than he was a hurdler."
4 b g Oscar - Gran Chris
Winner of his only point-to-point in Ireland.
He is a massive horse who won his point-to-point very well on his sole start. He doesn't show you a lot at home and he will get a trip in time but I will start him in a bumper. He is still quite green but he's an honest horse and when the ground gets quite bad you will see him at his best."
7 b g Multiplex - Tintera
139 rated chaser. Winner of novice chases at Catterick (2m 3f) and Newbury (2m 7 1/2f) last season.
"I was happy enough with him but it was one of those thing on the school report that he could have done better. He won two and was favourite for a handicap at the Cheltenham Festival but probably wasn't experienced enough. He has done really well and his work is better than it was last season. I will have to speak to the owner about it but he may go for a Graduation chase for these second season novices' where there is a small field to help him on his way. If we can't find that we will look for a handicap. I still think he's reasonably handicapped off 139."
5 b g Scorpion - Belsalsa
124 rated hurdler. Opened his score over hurdles with a two length victory from Lettheriverrundry at Market Rasen (2m 4 1/2f) in May.
"It has taken a little time for the penny to drop with him but he is a horse I like and he has just been a big baby. He has still won two races and the plan is to go for handicap hurdles from two and a half miles upwards. He is still a novice for this year but he will be a much better horse when he goes from this year to the next and matures."
4 b f Presenting - Theatre Girl
"She is a very well bred filly and a full sister to Call To Order. She will run in a bumper and could go to Warwick on November 4 and if she is not ready we will just wait. She looks a picture at the moment and will probably go for one bumper and then go hurdling after that. She wouldn't want extremes of ground."
5 br m Robin Des Pres - Dartmeet
Runner-up in her three bumpers
"She will be a proper staying mare in time and she jumps very well and will go in any ground. I would say we would start her over two and a half miles but she will get three miles by the end of the season. She is very honest and will be winning plenty of races."
5 b g Scorpion - Moon Approach
Winner of one of his three point-to-points in Ireland.
"He won his last point-to-point very well and he will probably run in a bumper in the next couple of weeks. His work has been good and he jumps very well. He will probably have one bumper run before going hurdling."
5 b g Westerner - Ringzar
105 rated hurdler. No wins from two starts over hurdles.
"He slightly disappointed me last season but has Summered well and is handicapped now. He will start off in handicaps around two and a half miles and will go in pretty much any ground and will be better left-handed."
RITUAL OF SENSES
6 b g Milan - Nonnetia
130 rated hurdler. Winner of a maiden hurdle at Plumpton (2m) in May and Fontwell (2m 3f) in June and third to Hassle under a double penalty at Uttoxeter (2m) in July.
"He won a couple and will want better ground. He will be running very soon and we will be looking for something quite nice for him over two and a half miles in the next couple of weeks."
ROCK MY STYLE
4 b g Marienbard - Meara Trasna
Runner-up in his only point-to-point in Ireland.
"He was second in his only point-to-point and is a big staying horse. He is quite backward but will get better and better as the season goes on. He will start in a bumper but won't be ready for five or six weeks and he's a nice horse."
6 b/br g Definite Article - Wilmott's Fancy
Winner of a point-to-point in Ireland in February and a bumper at Uttoxeter in May.
"He is two from two and looks a real nice horse with a very bright future. He will be going over hurdles and may run a week Friday at Wetherby. He will get three miles later on in time but he's not slow and the only thing with him is that he wouldn't want heavy ground."
5 b g Robin Des Champs - North Star Poly
Winner of his second bumper at Ffos Las in March.
"He is a work progress and he won his bumper last year. He had a few niggles so we saved him for going hurdling this season. He is a big strong horse who will go chasing in time but we will start him in a maiden hurdle over two miles four and he will appreciate soft ground."
8 b g Shantou - Bobset Leader
Pulled up in his only start last season but one time 143 rated hurdler who was beaten only a nose by Vyta Du Roc in a Grade 2 novices' hurdle at Sandown (2m 4f) in December 2014.
"He only had one run last year and was pulled up but was injured after that. He has come back in and his work has been very good. I will only run him where there is very soft ground and he is ready to go when the rain comes. I might try novice chasing but he will start in a hurdle first."
5 b g Yeats - Wyldello
Third in a bumper at Newton Abbot this month.
"I felt he should have won his bumper the other day at Newton Abbot but was too far back. He is in at Bangor and Fakenham this week and has come out his race very well. He should win his bumper before he goes hurdling. He is not overbig and wouldn't want soft ground but he is from a good family and goes nicely."
5 b m Scorpion - Sharp Single
Winner of her first three bumpers (including listed event at Sandown) before running out when favourite for a listed event at Punchestown in April.
"She is quite quirky which she showed at Sandown in March and then we took her to Punchestown where she ran out. She has come back in and has started schooling and she jumps very well. She will start off in a mares hurdle over two miles and will appreciate softer ground. I don't think it matters which way she goes round and she could be high class."
5 b g Enrique - Over The Sea
Winner of a bumper at Plumpton and a novice hurdle at Chepstow (2m) last season. Rated 127 over hurdles.
"He is in at Stratford and Hereford over the next few days and the plan is to run him before the end of the month as he is still a novice. He is quite hard on himself at home and his quite highly strung but he has done well at home and I think he has got a very big engine. He will go handicapping after his novice hurdle and we will see if we can climb the ladder."
7 b g Turtle Island - Pixie Dust
130 rated chaser. Winner of a beginners chase at Lingfield (2m 7 1/2f) in December.
His first target for the season will be the long distance chase at the Open meeting. The owners have a house right by the track and that's where they want him to go. He will be aimed at staying chases for the season."
4 b g Westerner - Seesea
Winner of his only bumper at Ffos Las in May.
"He had only one run at Ffos Las and was very impressive. He may well run in another bumper before going novice hurdling. He is a horse I like a lot and he could progress into a nice hurdler before the end of the season.
CHEF D'OEUVRE - one of a strong battalion of novice chasers that should do well.
MA DU FOU - Sidney Banks winner who looks a natural chaser.
ONE TRACK MIND - Grade 1 winning hurdler who could prove a top notcher over fences.
ROCKPORTIAN - exciting prospect who has a bright future ahead of him over hurdles.
THE NIPPER - high class mare who has her quirks but more than the ability to match.
WESTERN RYDER - impressive winner of his Ffos Las bumper and could be anything.