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Jamie Snowden enjoyed a first Festival success in 2014 with Present View taking the Novices’ Handicap Chase. The Lambourn handler is enjoying his best season ever, having already beaten his previous best tally of winners (43 as of today).
Snowden said: “Thebannerkingrebel has had a wind op on the back of the Betfair Hurdle and it may be tight to get to the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. We will see how he is.
“I think Thomas Macdonagh would have a chance in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle. He won three races in the early part of the winter and loves soft ground. He disappointed a bit in the G2 River Don Novices’ Hurdle [finished last], but he did not stay the three miles that day. The drop back in trip for the Martin Pipe on the back of a wind op should give him a chance.
“We have also got Adrrastos in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase on the Friday. He prefers slightly better ground compared to Thomas Macdonagh, so we will have to see how the week pans out weather wise for those two.
“I think Kiltealy Briggs is a nice horse. He is in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. He finished third in a G2 trial race here in December. He is also in the EBF Final at Sandown next weekend, so we will have to decide if he goes there or here for the Albert Bartlett.
“Fact Of The Matter came here yesterday for a pop around [the Cross Country Course] and had a good time of it. Taking on Tiger Roll off level weights is probably not the best thing in the world and he will struggle to win, but he loves it around here. All being well, after Cheltenham he will go to Punchestown for the banks race.”
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