Hi and thanks for viewing the Bumpers to Jumpers website.
My name is Pete Ingram, a lot of you may know me from twitter as “National Hunt Pete” or @bumpertojumper. If you haven’t come across me before let me tell you a bit about myself and my philosophy for creating this site.

Back in the late 70’s I was training for a career in the law in Manchester and keeping a full-time job going at the same time. Saturday morning was always a great time, being a big Man Utd fan, I was always reading the sports pages and if I wasn’t watching football I was playing it or if it was summer I would be playing cricket at Middleton cc in the Central Lancashire league. A pretty full life really.

Then one Saturday morning my brother went to the shop to buy his morning paper and came back with the Sporting Life and I think it’s fair to say my life changed forever.

For whatever reason, the writing, the language, the cards, the sense of excitement it portrayed gripped me, I started watching the racing on TV and I was hooked.

Football and cricket, although I still love both dearly, went out the window. Much to my parent’s disapproval I knew what I wanted to do then and there was no turning back.

Winston Churchill once said of Russia, “it was a riddle wrapped in mystery inside an enigma”. Sometimes, well a lot of the time really, when you’re looking at a race card or a race in particular it can feel like a riddle wrapped in a mystery and racing can seem very enigmatic from a distance and yet it draws thousands of people from all walks of life and social backgrounds to the battlegrounds of Cheltenham, Aintree, Fairyhouse and Punchestown year after year.

I am unashamed in my love and passion for National Hunt Racing, I stopped betting on the flat many years ago for various reasons but mainly because of the excitement of horses like Sea Pigeon, Night Nurse, Persian War, Comedy of Errors, Desert Orchid, Big Bucks, Master Minded, Kauto Star and Denman created.

No flat horse, not even Frankel, could ever touch my soul in the way those great Jump horses have over the years.

Standing by the rails at Exeter in the Autumn before racing when Big Bucks Kauto Star and Denman worked before racing was more exciting than any flat meeting I’ve ever been too, nothing can match these memories and feelings.

Irish point to points is a huge part of my season as I learned many years ago that by following the form in Ireland and tracking, not just the headline 100k plus horses but the horses that tie in to that form, so when they appear in a NHF race round Towcester or Ludlow et al I know or have a fair idea what I am looking at and over the years that’s given me an edge, a good edge at times but again it a significant part of solving the riddle and unravelling the mystery.

My interest in all thing National Hunt extends also the bloodstock world and during the spring and summer when the main season is over I love to travel to the main Auctions at Goffs UK (Doncaster) and Goffs Ire and Tattersalls Ire at Fairyhouse. It’s great to see and speak to people who work at the various studs. The knowledge of individual mares and stallions that can be gained from just a 5 min chat by a stable door before a 3yo store is going in to the ring has proved invaluable.

The National Hunt Season on this website will follow two distinct areas at different times: -

Punting Season

1st September to 31st May each year

During this time, I will be advising bets of 1pt to 3pt stake depending on confidence and value.

I am hoping to attach an excel spread sheet to the site show the profit and loss to a 1pt stake updated daily so we can all see where we are at.

I will be reporting on course from time to time and will bring interviews/comment and a preview and review of the day’s proceedings. Plus, a weekly roundup of the Irish p2p weekend.

I will be concentrating on the following class of races for my most exclusive and bigger bets :-

  1. National Hunt Flat Races
  2. Novice Hurdles
  3. Novice Chases
  4. All Grade and Championship Hurdles and Chases
  5. Selected Class 1 Handicaps

Everyday Handicaps will come under consideration as and when selected horses from those races which I have been following are declared.

Summer Season

1st June to 31st August each year

I won’t be involved in Summer Jump racing as such but will be concentrating on the sales season, who’s bought what and where it’s going and trying to identify some early season targets for certain horses and yards (as well as fitting in my own holidays !!)

My fervent hope is to bring a greater insight into the all aspects of National Hunt Racing that I have been involved in for the thick end of 30 years now and that you will enjoy it as much as I will in writing about it for you.