It’s been another busy week at Folly house for BetVictor Brand Ambassador Jamie Snowden and his team. The week got off to the best possible start with a win for Timoshenko at Uttoxeter. There were several good runs to follow, and we’ve since caught up with Jamie to get his thoughts on it all.
Timoshenko on Form
Timoshenko won well for us last Monday at Uttoxeter under Gavin. He was a very smart flat horse for Mark Prescott where he won six on the bounce. He graduated up the handicap ranks and ended up winning a very good race at Goodwood. He prefers the better ground, so it was always the plan to start him off in the summer. He’s taken to his jumping well and I thought he won his race her very nicely over minimum trip. I was impressed with the way he quickened up from the back of the last, so he looks an exciting prospect to go forward with.
The classy Timoshenko wins on his hurdle debut.
— BetVictor Racing (@BetVictorRacing) July 6, 2020
Donnie Azoff Looks the Business on Debut
Our first runner of the 2020/21 National Hunt season was inches away from being our first winner of the season. I was delighted that Donnie Azoff ran so well on his racecourse debut to be 2nd in looked a very competitive bumper. He was quite green and showed he’s not galloped on grass yet, and hasn’t been away for a racecourse gallop, so there should be an awful lot more improvement as a result. He is for sale, so I’d like to think he’s advertised himself quite well and we can find a new owner for him now. He would likely start favourite next time out, so if you’d like your colours on the back of him, then do let me know.
Included Heading for Hurdles?
Meanwhile, Included was just touched off on her debut for us at Stratford on Wednesday. She jumped beautifully out in front in the novice handicap chase, but landed a bit flat-footed over the 2nd last and lost some valuable momentum. She was then just caught inside the final 50 yards to be beaten only a length with a yawning gap of 13 lengths back to the 3rd horse. With the lack of racing this week, we’ll not be able to run again without a penalty before her new handicap mark kicks in, so we might look to go back over hurdles with her.
Some Day Soon Heading for Stratford
Some Day Soon won four novice hurdles for us last Summer and was placed in a couple of graded races. He was given an opening mark of 135, which I thought was workable. Initially, we were going to go novice chasing with him, however, we decided to go to Bangor on Sunday and he was unlucky to be just touched off. Gavin did say he would’ve won if it wasn’t for an error at the last flight of hurdles. There was a gap of 11 lengths between him and the horse in 3rd, so we’ll just have to see what the handicapper says. We have him entered up at Stratford next week and there’s a good chance he will run. He’s won there over course and distance.
Floral Bouquet Showing Promise at Market Rasen
Of our other runners this week, Floral Bouquet was beaten less then 3 lengths at Market Rasen on Friday, where she was outpaced leaving the back straight and around the home turn, but then rallied and stayed on really strongly from the back of the 2nd last to be doing her best work inside the final furlong. She should improve for this run and we’ll aim to go to Bangor for a mares handicap hurdle at the end of the month.
High Renown an Exciting New Recruit
We have High Renown entered in a novice hurdle at Stratford on Monday. He was quietly fancied at 4/1 on his first start last season for Stewart Crawford when finishing behind our very own College Oak. We bought him shortly afterwards and I think we can have some fun with him over the Summer.
Pisagh Pike off to Market Rasen
Pisagh Pike was 3rd for us in a bumper at Ludlow, before finishing 4th on hurdles debut at Fakenham. He shows plenty of pace at home, but wasn’t finishing his races off particularly well, so we have since had him in for a wind-op. We’re hoping that bring out the best in him and he might well run at Market Rasen on Monday.
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