It’s been some time since we’ve last heard the thoughts of BetVictor Brand Ambassador, Jamie Snowden. Like most others, the recent pandemic has meant Folly House has had to adjust to the situation. However, there is now light at the end of the tunnel, and Jamie and his team are looking forward to racing again.
We spoke to Jamie as he shares his views on the upcoming week where he has a few exciting entries.
In what has been a tricky and challenging few months for us all, I am thrilled that our owners and staff have all been wonderful during this period, but now we are all itching to get back racing again this week and look forward to hopefully another successful campaign.
We were incredibly proud and delighted to achieve 46 winners last season, in a campaign that finished six weeks early. We’ve missed a few months already now; however, we will be doing our very best to ensure this campaign is just as successful.
Our first runner will be Donnie Azoff in the Bumper at Southwell tomorrow. He was scheduled to make his racecourse debut in the spring but that obviously didn’t materialise. He is for sale, so we’d like to think he’ll go close here and find a buyer (to stay in the yard).
He’s a lovely type out of an unraced half-sister to the smart bumper/hurdle/chase winner Promalee and Michael Mor from the family of the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Little Owl.
The dam has had two winners from three runners, including the five-time winner, Secrete Stream. He’s going well at home and knows the job at hand, so we’re looking forward to a good run.
Chapmanshype won four races for us last summer and in doing so went from a handicap mark of 110 to 132. He runs in the Class 2 here, the feature race on the card, and he goes there in good order. If he’s progressed again from last season, which I think he has, he should hold every chance.
Carntop was last seen running at Royal Ascot in the Ascot stakes over 2m3, where he travelled into the race well but didn’t quite stay the final couple of furlongs.
He’s unbeaten over brush hurdles (3 from 3) but is now rated 122 and probably needs to improve again off this mark, but he is in great form at home, so certainly goes there with a chance.
Speaking of Royal Ascot, it was fantastic to have two runners at the meeting who both ran with great credit. However, it was a bit surreal and strange to be there without any of the fanfare that is so traditional to the Royal meeting, and it was certainly very odd to be eating my ‘Royal Ascot packed lunch’ out of the brown paper bag in the vast grandstand!