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.
2013 Mash Mad Snowy/Westmead Meteor
2012 Baran Bally Hi
2011 Plane Daddy
2010 Plane Daddy
2008 Kildare Lark
2007 Kildare Lark
2006 Suit Man
2005 Druids Mickey Jo
2004 Four Handed
2003 Farloe Browny