Great Results And Plenty To Look Forward To8 min read
BetVictor Brand Ambassador Jamie Snowden is in terrific form. Folly House produced several winners over the last week, including a memorable treble on Sunday.
We caught up with Jamie once again to reflect on those recent runs as we look forward to another busy week.
Looking back at a great week
Legends Ryde has always been a mare that we’ve held in high regard and it was nice to see her being rewarded for her efforts when taking the Bumper at Carlisle last Thursday. She ran well in a couple of races last year and has strengthened over the Summer. It’s most likely she’ll stay in Bumpers going forward, with another step up in class on the horizon. The listed bumper at the Cheltenham November Meeting is looking the likely target.
Pacify continued progressing when landing the Listed Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton. That’s five on the bounce and I think it’s fair to say he’s won all with minimum fuss. We plan to go to Cheltenham at the BetVictor meeting where I think the stiff finish there may suit his style. He should relish going left-handed and hopefully takes another step up in class in his stride.
Adrrastos has never been out of the first three in all completed starts and continued his consistent form when winning at Kempton. He jumps fantastically and is on an upward curve having won four times since March. We couldn’t have asked for anything more from him, he has a terrific attitude and we’re hoping he returns well after a deserved break to go for the Topham in the Spring.
We’re having great luck in Bumpers at the moment and College Oak landed us another nice prize at Sedgefield. He’s come on leaps and bounds over the Summer and it showed when he led from pillar to post in this one. Interestingly, he’s out of a half-sister to Best Mate. So, he’ll be going hurdling throughout the Winter as he relishes the soft ground and we’re hoping that brings out the best in him going forward.
Plenty to look forward to
The Honeydipper was last seen in a Warwick Bumper where he was unfortunate in running when falling in a pothole after making up significant ground. He has matured over the Summer and looks to be a lot sharper this time round. We’d like to think he has a decent chance this week, so we’re hopeful of a good run.
Redbridge Gold won a Bumper at Doncaster in fairly comfortable style back in January. She then ran at Sandown but had a problem with her breathing, so we’ve since had her in for a wind-op and she’s now schooling nicely. She’s entered in two Novice Hurdles and we’re hoping she can translate her good work at home onto the racecourse.
Thomas Macdonagh ran well when second in two Bumpers last season. Since then he was a credible 4th in a Maiden at Warwick. He should benefit from that experience and given that he’s such a big horse that relishes jumping, we’re hopeful he has enough to be a successful Novice Hurdler.
We’re hoping to run Howdilyoudo in a Fontwell Bumper on Wednesday. She’s a lovely Mare and ran well on her last appearance in Ireland. We’re really pleased with her at home and she’s done everything we’ve asked of her. All being well, we’d like to think she’s good enough to win a Bumper.
Kate Buckett did a great job with Battleofthesomme last season when he was campaigned over Hurdles. He will go chasing with ourselves this season and we’re hoping he can be competitive. He’s entered in a Handicap Chase at Fontwell on Thursday, so it will be interesting to see how he fares there off a low handicap mark.
Tractor Fred is another one that was with Kate Buckett last season. We’re happy with what we’ve seen of him so far, he looks a proper stayer and we’re optimistic about him going forward. He’s going well at home and we’re aiming at running him in a Novices’ Handicap Chase at Southwell on Thursday.
We’re hoping the ground isn’t too soft for Floral Banquet who is entered in a Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at Southwell on Thursday. She needs good ground with a bit of sun on her back, so we’ll need to wait and see how the weather pans out. Going forward we’d like to qualify for the Challenger Series Final as there’s every chance she’d get her ground there.
The nicely bred Mustang Alpha won a point-to-point in his solitary start over in Ireland. He comes with a good reputation and looks every inch a hurdler/chaser in the making. He goes very well at home and there’s every chance that he could line up in the Bumper at Cheltenham on Saturday.
Chapmanshype must carry an 8Ibs penalty after a couple of victories. He may run over the weekend at Cheltenham or Aintree. However, he needs good ground and although I believe he has a good Handicap in him, it may be the case that he goes away for a holiday if none of those runs materialise.
Kiltealy Briggs is out of an unraced sister to Grand National winner Ballabriggs. He’s a lovely young horse and finished a fine second in a Bumper on debut at Warwick in September. That was his first run after a wind-op, and he needed to get that run in him. All being well, we could look at sending him over hurdles at the weekend.
Hogan’s Height has been fantastic for us having won five out of his last eight starts. He’s high enough in the handicap and we’ll probably look at putting a claimer on board to take a bit of weight off. He could start off at Aintree this weekend as a warm-up before going for the Becher Chase there in December. After that, all being well, we’ll look at the possibility of going Hunter Chasing in the New Year.