BetVictor Brand Ambassadors Jamie Snowden and Sam Boswell met up at Cheltenham to discuss the former’s recent fortunes and look ahead to the upcoming rides for the Folly House team.
Legends Ryde ran a really nice race to finish 2nd at Huntingdon last week. She was obviously a very good bumper mare; she won a bumper at Carlisle and was a good 2nd here at Cheltenham in a listed race. She disappointed on hurdling debut at Hexham but her wind was just troubling her that day.
When I look back on all her bumper runs she never truly ran through the line, although she’s a very talented mare and I thought she probably should have won that listed race here when she was 2nd, so we rode her quite conservatively at Huntingdon the other day and rode her to finish the race out well, which she did. She briefly looked in a little bit of trouble then stayed on well, pricked her ears jumping the last and then ran on to the line, so it was a really encouraging run to go forward with.
On the back of a couple of relatively quiet hurdle runs and with a mark of 118, we think she might be one for the Grade 2 Mares’ Novices’ Final at Newbury in March. With things clicking right for her, come the spring, it might just work in our favour. There’s a qualifier at Ffos Las on March 6th so we might think about going there and then on to Newbury.
We’ve not had many runners in a couple of weeks but we’ve lots of entries coming up, but it all depends on the weather really. There’s no point running horses at this time of year if they’re not going to handle it because it just rips them apart and leaves nothing to work on later in the season, so we need to be a little bit patient and we have a lot of double entries.
Early Morning Rain will probably go for a listed race at Doncaster. She won a couple of novice hurdles earlier in the season so we’re trying to look for a little bit of Black-type for her, and Doncaster on Saturday might work.
Then we’ve got Fortunate Fred. He’s been looking to run in a bumper. He was a good 3rd on debut at Huntingdon and should be good enough to win a bumper, so we’ll see whether we turn up at Doncaster or wait until next week.
The same thing goes for Anythingforlove. She won on debut and she’s hopefully good enough to win with a penalty. We just have to keep entering and find the right race and the right ground that suits her.
She’ll be one that has entries early next week as well, so plenty of entries and we’ll run the right races when the time comes. We won’t run just for the sake of it.
It was great to be in attendance at the Cheltenham Festival weights lunch yesterday. In the handicaps, we’ve got Thomas Macdonagh off 137. We’ve always liked him, we’ve always thought he was going to be a better chaser, but 2 ½ miles around Cheltenham on soft ground on the back of a wind op could work to his advantage.
So he’s probably one to run if the weather continues how it is. Otherwise, we’ve got Adrrastos in the Grand Annual on the Friday if it did dry out for any reason. He has a wonderful strike rate but he does want the better ground. We’re aiming him for the Topham at Aintree but if the ground did dry out, we might use Cheltenham as a springboard. Otherwise, he might go for a racecourse gallop beforehand.
Ga Law looks a lovely type and he could turn up in the Triumph, but more than likely we’ll give him a run somewhere slightly lower key, and then head to Aintree as well.
Thebannerkingrebel has come out of a recent wind op well and we’re treating him for stomach ulcers too, so he is unlikely to run in the Supreme and we’ll more than likely send him to Aintree too.
Fact Of The Matter will obviously run the Cross Country Chase. He loves the track having won over the course and distance last year, but will struggle to beat Tiger Roll off level weights!
We’ve got a few other handicappers entered too, but look doubtful runners.
Thanks to Jamie for sharing his thoughts from a very busy Cheltenham. With now less than two weeks to go before the famous roar goes up, head to BetVictor for the very latest Festival prices.