It is considered ‘bad form’ to name an award winner before the vote has taken place but if Cornamaddy Jumbo fails to land the ‘top hur- dler’ title, the entire GWA should go to prison.

Mark Wallis’ jumper landed the three biggest events in the jumping calendar during an exceptional year.

First up was a winning favourite’s performance in the novice hurdle, the £5,000 William Hill Springbok.

On Derby Final night he returned to take another £1,500 from the sponsors in the William Hill Champion Hurdle and in October he captured the original jumping ‘classic’, the £8,000 Grand National at Sittingbourne.

Hardly over-raced, at the time of writing, the black had been to traps on 23 occasions for 13 wins.

In terms of challengers, Lenson Razldazl, runner-up in the National, has a fine strike rate of four wins, four seconds and a third in nine races to date. Surely one for a seri- ous challenge in 2015.

It could be argued that with only 120 hurdle opens staged during the year, it would be difficult for a hur- dler to land the ultimate award.

Previous Winners:

2013 Mash Mad Snowy/Westmead Meteor

2012 Baran Bally Hi

2011 Plane Daddy

2010 Plane Daddy

2009 Platinumlancelot

2008 Kildare Lark

2007 Kildare Lark

2006 Suit Man

2005 Druids Mickey Jo

2004 Four Handed

2003 Farloe Browny