Last week’s runners

It was testament to Pacify’s class when he finished 2nd in the Sunday’s Grade 2 Novice Hurdle, losing his unbeaten record. He was giving away 5Ibs to the winner and in the end, the difference was only 3 lengths on ground that wasn’t ideal.

He’s a good horse and can go on any ground, however, the heavy going at Cheltenham meant that his fluency and turn of foot wasn’t as effective as it would be with better conditions. Had things been slightly different, the placings may have been reversed.

He’s come out of the race in terrific shape and it’s a possibility that we’ll target the Tolworth Hurdle next.

Some Day Soon was an honourable 4th in the Grade 2 Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday. He has been great for us over the summer and autumn, winning four on the bounce.

He ran well to finish 3rd in the Persian War and I think he ran to a similar standard at the weekend. What makes his run more impressive is that he raced on ground (soft) that he definitely does not like. He doesn’t mind a cut in the ground, but for him to finish fourth with such heavy conditions underfoot was pleasing to see.

He’ll have a break now and it’s likely we’ll see him reappear in a handicap at Aintree in the spring with a view to going novice chasing in May.

I was happy with the run of Legends Ryde in the Mares’ bumper, finishing a good 2nd. The plan was to get some black type with her, so finishing runner-up here has accomplished that.

It’s fair to say that she was outstayed going up the hill and I feel that could have been a consequence of being a bit too keen early on. However, we were delighted with her performance and she’s a very exciting mare to go hurdling with going forward.

Sadly, Fact Of The Matter didn’t get his ground when finishing 6th in the cross country on Sunday.

He was 2nd at last year’s November Meeting over those fences and followed that up with a win a month later at the International, both on good ground. The weather this Autumn has been very different, however, all considered I think he ran well.

We will target Cheltenham again in a months’ time and fingers crossed we get our ground there.

Kiltealy Briggs was an impressive winner of an EBF qualifying novice hurdle at Hexham yesterday.

He’s an exciting young embryotic chaser in the making who definitely has a bright future in front of him. If he keeps progressing in this manner, he could win a big novice hurdle this season.

This week’s entries

College Oak won his bumper in good style at Sedgefield last time out and has since been schooling well. He’s ready to go over hurdles and it’s likely we’ll see him line up at Ffos Las on Friday all being well.

Thebannerkingrebel will go to the listed novices’ hurdle at Haydock on Saturday. He is in good order after falling last time out, so there are no concerns going into this.

It looked like he held all the aces that day before he slipped on landing, having been a length ahead approaching the last. The winner that day is a very nice horse in his own right, so we take from it what we can. This has very much been the target and we go there all guns blazing.

We have Mustang Alpha entered in a few races at the moment, so we’ll know shortly where exactly he will go. He was a little disappointing on debut at Cheltenham albeit on heavy ground which isn’t ideal for him.

We’re waiting to see if we can get nicer ground, so he holds entries for Kempton and Ludlow this week as we try and find the right race for him to start hurdling.

Footloose has been consistent for us so far and we have him lined up to make his handicap debut on Sunday.

The handicapper hasn’t been overly kind with his opening mark, however, he’s still improving and has a bright future which will most likely end up him going over fences.

Early Morning Rain has an entry at Musselburgh on Monday, so it’s like we’ll go there as she is ready to run. She won very nicely last time out and before that she was 5th at Cheltenham in a race where the form has turned out to be excellent.

It’s a long trip up North but we go there full of confidence and hope she runs well again.

Jamie Snowden: An Update From Folly House

 

Big races at Ascot & Haydock

It will be fascinating to see how Altior fares stepping up in trip to take on Cyrname at Ascot on Saturday.

Altior’s reputation obviously goes before him, however, given that he has the tendency to jump to his left, it’ll be interesting to see how he copes jumping right against a horse that looks so comfortable when doing so.

The track may play to Cyrname’s strengths here, but it will be wonderful to see two top-class horses compete against each other.

The first leg of the Triple Crown, the Betfair Chase, is always a race to savour at this time of year. Obviously, this is Bristol De Mai’s track, having had such success round Haydock previously.

However, the young and progressive Lostintranslation will be hard to beat and I feel this could be his time to shine. He’s such a lovely horse and jumped so well at Carlisle on his seasonal reappearance, it should take a performance out of the very top drawer to beat him here.

 

Thanks again to Jamie for his insight, and don’t forget we’ll have more from Rachael Blackmore on Friday so make sure to check out the BetVictor Blog for that.

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