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Cheltenham Festival Stable Tour: Jamie Snowden


The Lambourn trainer has been having a great season. Ed Quigley spoke to him to get the lowdown on his Cheltenham Festival hopes.

Kiltealy Briggs (Ultima Handicap Chase)

141 rated Chaser; winner at Musselburgh last time out in 2m4f Novice Chase

“He will go for the Ultima. He has had a smashing season so far and he has really started to mature over fences. We ran him in the Albert Bartlett a couple of seasons ago and he came back with colic; he had to have two lots of surgery and I think it took him a long time to get over it. I was chuffed with his win at Musselburgh where he jumped well with first-time cheekpieces on. Off 141 I would like to think he can be competitive and the return to 3m can bring about more improvement”

Stoney Mountain (Pertemps Final)

139 rated hurdler; 9th in Pertemps Final in 2020

“He won nicely at Newbury and qualified for the race. He sustained a nasty cut a while back and it has taken a while to get him firing on all cylinders again. He is a few pounds lower than when he ran in this race a couple of seasons ago and so it will be straight to the Festival where I think he has a solid each-way chance.”

Up For Parol (County Hurdle)

132 rated Hurdler, winner of three races over hurdles. 

“He is an interesting one. His pedigree suggests he will get a trip without a bother, but I am not convinced he stays. We will wait and see what the handicapper does, but In my mind I think he needs to come back in distance. Off 130 or thereabouts, he could just sneak into something like the County Hurdle off a low weight, where I could see him running a big race. Looking at the way he travels I wonder if I have been getting his trip wrong”

Milldam (Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle)

“A lovely French import who has finished on all three starts. He has a Triumph Hurdle entry, but will get an entry in the Fred Winter (Boodles) too. We will see what the handicapper does, but providing there is enough cut in the ground Festival week, I think will give this race serious consideration. He will be a lovely horse next season regardless.”

Datsalrightgino

“I think we will probably head to Kelso at the start of March instead of Cheltenham. I am not sure whether mentally he is ready for the occasion yet. Obviously, he looked good the day he won at Cheltenham back in December, but then things didn’t go to plan at Sandown. He couldn’t go a yard in that deep ground at Sandown. He has a lot of ability but will tread carefully with him for now”