Once again, we’ve caught up with BetVictor Brand Ambassador, Jamie Snowden to look back at Sunday’s success and to look forward to the weekend ahead.
“It was great to see Kiltealy Briggs winning the EBF Novices’ Hurdle at Kelso on Sunday under a penalty. It was a long trip up North, but we wanted to find a smaller race to get his head in front again, in order to educate him further and to give him a bit of a confidence booster.
Having been a bit keen in his previous race at Cheltenham when he was 3rd in a Grade 2, we were keen to teach him to race from behind and have something to aim for and to pass. However, in doing so its turned into a 4 furlong dash on holding/heavy ground, where we’ve had to make up 4 lengths, which in fairness he has done well in the end.
We will give him his flu vac now and then look to run in the Grade 2 at Haydock in February, before we consider the Albert Bartlett at The Festival.”
— Kelso Racecourse (@KelsoRacecourse) January 12, 2020
“Pisgah Pike ran a lovely race when he was 3rd first time out for us in a bumper at Ludlow. He showed bags of speed that day and his stamina just gave way inside the final furlong. So, over hurdles I think he’ll be best suited to a sharp two miles. At this moment, he has an entry at Ludlow and Wincanton, however, with Storm Brendan on the horizon we may need to wait on the weather improving before we see him run again.
I look forward to seeing Thebannerkingrebel in action in the Grade 2 Rossington Main Novice Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday. He won a listed novice at the track on his last start in November and we’ve been planning to come here since before heading to the Supreme Novice Hurdle at the Festival in March. He’s unbeaten over hurdles when he has completed, the only blip coming when he fell at the last with the race at his mercy under a double penalty. He was 2nd in the Grade 2 Aintree bumper last season, and has looked very talented. He’ll carry a 5lbs penalty here, which won’t be easy, but he’s in great shape and I look forward to the challenge.”