JAMIE SNOWDEN has made a good start to the season with 14 winners to date and touching on £100,000 in prize money and his talent for placing his horses correctly is there for all to see.
Snowden may not be equipped with a stable full of superstars but he knows how to cut his cloth accordingly and several first prizes have been snatched with some relatively modest individuals.
There have been particular high points in his short career with Present View giving him a first Cheltenham Festival winner when taking the Listed extended two and a half mile handicap in March 2014 and he has his team in grand order at the moment with both Kassis and Midnight Silver adding to his tally in the last week or so.
Ever the pragmatist, Snowden said: "We have had a good start to the season but too many placed horses which is just the nature of the game. It would be nice to get to 25 winners which I believe is well with our compass and another Festival winner would be helpful.
With the likes of Three Ways, Champagne James (favourite for the Kim Muir last season) and some emerging talent there is the possibility that could happen.
Jamie kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about the horses in his Lambourn team that could take him to a personal best this term.
4 b g Areion - Laren
123 rated hurdler. Runner-up in novice hurdles at Huntingdon (2m) (beaten two and a half lengths by Keep In Line), and Ludlow (2m) (beaten seven lengths to Ballyhill) in October and third, beaten four and three quarter lengths, to Old Salt at Ludlow (2m) in November.
"He came to us having been placed in a couple of bumpers. He has been placed in all three of his novice hurdles and probably wants some better ground. He is going to have a Winter holiday and come back in the Spring. He is horse who has plenty of speed and should be winning his novice hurdle before too long and then progressing in handicaps. He will probably stay two miles four but the time being we will stick to two miles."
10 b g Witness Box - Ardkilly Angel
124 rated chaser. Pulled up and unplaced in two starts this term. Best effort last season when runner-up, beaten a length and a half, to Jenny Surprise in the Grand Military Gold Cup at Sandown (3m) in March.
"He has been bought for the Grand Military Gold Cup and finished second in the race in March. He should win beforehand but the Grand Military and Royal Artillery Gold Cups would be his main aim."
4 b g Makfi - Brusca
120 rated hurdler. Best effort in a maiden hurdle at Wetherby in January when runner-up, beaten a length and three quarters, to Pinkie Brown.
"He is a horse we liked a lot last season and he took awhile to taking to jumping hurdles. He finished second up at Wetherby in a nice race and he is still a maiden for this season. He has had a wind operation and should be able to win his maiden and progress."
BETWEEN THE WATERS
5 ch g Indian River - Catch Ball
Winning Irish point-to-pointer in June and runner-up, beaten only two and a quarter lengths, to Vertigo on his debut for the stable in a bumper at Hexham in October.
"He finished second first time out in a bumper at Hexham and got slightly bogged down in the ground over hurdles. He is more of a Spring horse and may need a handicap mark."
8 br g Indian Danehill - Dartmeet
96 rated chaser. Winner of handicap chases at Fontwell (3m 1 1/2f) in August beating Breezy Kin three and a half lengths off a mark of 80 and followed up at Newton Abbot (3m 2f) in October when scoring by four lengths from Tikkapick off a mark of 87.
"He has won his last two and is still on the right side of the handicapper and should be able to win again."
BUCHE DE NOEL
5 ch m Coastal Path - Kyrie
129 rated hurdler. Finished promising fourth, beaten only seven and a quarter lengths, to Surtee Du Berlais in a mares event at Kempton (2m 5f) on second outing for stable. A winner of two hurdles and two chases in France when trained by Guy Macaire.
"She is a lovely mare and took awhile to acclimatise after coming from France. She jumps really well and mares listed chases should be within her compass."
CAPSY DE MEE
4 b g Apsis - Koeur De Me
Winner of a Grade 3 bumper at Saint-Cloud in April. Unplaced to Jenkins at Newbury (2m) on Friday.
"He is a nice horse and is just a touch on the weak side. He had his first run over hurdles for me at Newbury and needed that run and I can see him progressing as the season goes on."
7 b g Old Vic - Name For Fame
131 rated chaser. Unplaced in handicap hurdle at Chepstow (2m 3 1/2f) in October of last year and a novice handicap chase at Ludlow (3m) in February when trained by Rebecca Curtis.
"He is a horse we have inherited who has won plenty of races. He is a smashing great big chaser and he will be out in the coming year on soft ground in novice chases."
8 b g Stowaway - Champagne Lady
Ex-Irish gelding best effort last season when runner-up, beaten a length, to Empire Of Dirt off a mark of 126 in a novices' handicap at Naas (2m 4f) in Febuary and seventh to The Package in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham in March off a mark of 134.
"He was favourite for the Kim Muir when trained by Ted Walsh. He just had a bit of a setback in the Autumn and is back in training now. He is still a novice over fences and soft ground will see him to good effect."
7 b g King's Theatre - Palesa's Legacy
Unplaced in last five races this season in Ireland last seen out in a handicap hurdle at Galway (2m 1/2f) in July off a mark of 112.
"He''s lovely horse who had lovely form for Henry de Bromhead but slightly fell apart at the backend of last season. He will have a wind operation and that should help him no end."
DANS LE VENT
3 b g Skins Game - Boreade
Winner of a mile and five and a half bumper at Towcester in October.
"He won a bumper first time out at Towcester. He's a nice three-year-old and we will try and target the listed bumper for four-year-olds at Cheltenham on New Year's Day."
11 b g Zinaad - Dark Lady
130 rated chaser last season. Successful in Hunter Chases at Taunton (2m 7f) in January and Market Rasen (3m) in February before being unplaced in Foxhunters at Cheltenham (3m 2 1/2f) in March. Unplaced in two hurdles this season.
"He won a couple of hunter chases last season and tumbled down the handicap after losing his confidence and having a heart fibrillation. He ran a good fourth last time out and will win again."
5 b g King's Theatre - Double Red
108 rated hurdler. Runner-up in novice hurdles at Wincanton (2m 1/2f) in October (beaten 16 by Bagad Behive) and at Exeter (2m 1f) (beaten four lengths by Resolution Bay) in November.
"He has been a bit of a lunatic and needs to learn to settle in his races. He has a nice handicap mark and will go over fences next. He should be the right side of the handicapper."
FACT OF THE MATTER
6 b g Brian Boru -Womanofthemountain
121 rated chaser. Winner of handicap chases this season at Worcester (2m 4f) in September (beating Lucky Jim two lengths off a mark of 108) and at Exeter (3m) in October (scoring by two and three quarter lengths from Easy Street off a mark of 113).
"I love this horse to bit and can see him progressing as a novice chaser throughout the season. He has already won two chases this Autumn and he's a lovely horse. There maybe something like the Challenger Series at Haydock in the Spring for him."
7 b g Lost World - Doree Du Pin
Lightly raced and has won two of his five career starts. Successful in a handicap chase at Market Rasen (2m 3f) in March 2015 when beating Sergeant Pink a length and a half.
"He is has won twice in his career but is very fragile. He is back in training and there's a decent handicap in him. He would have won the Grassroots series at Haydock but he suffered a niggly injury in the race and is lovely horse if all remains well with him."
GETBACK IN PARIS
3 ch g Galileo - Elusive Wave
Unraced over hurdles. Winner of a mile maiden for unraced horses at Bordeaux in April.
"He was bought off the Flat to go juvenile hurdle and has been gelded. He is a strong horse who handles cut in the ground and could be a nice prospect."
5 b g Indian River - Electre Du Berlais
Placed in two point-to-points in Ireland.
"He has been bought from the pointing field and he should be capable of winning a bumper before progressing over hurdles on softer ground."
5 ch g Kapgarde - Cybertina
96 rated chaser. Winner of a novices' handicap chase at Wincanton (3m 1f) in October when beating Prettylittlething four and a half lengths off a mark of 89.
"He has taken a little while to come to himself and has always been a chaser in the making. He won on his first start over fences and was second last time out. He is still well handicapped and needs a little time between his races."
5 b m Kadastrof - Little Tern
Unplaced in three hurdles and a bumper.
"She is progressing all the time and will be seen to better effect when stepped up in trip in handicaps."
7 b m Kalanisi - Gastina
Scored by two and a quarter lengths from Catchthemoonlight in a mares handicap hurdle at Leicester (2m 4 1/2f) on Sunday off a mark of 102.
"She has now won twice over fences and twice over hurdles and did it nicely at Leicester on Sunday. We might try and get some black type with her before she goes off to be a broodmare in the Spring."
4 b g Al Namix - Authorized Too
111 rated chaser. Finished third, beaten 13 ½ lengths, to Authorized Too on his debut for the stable in a handicap chase at Lingfield (2m) this month.
"He finished third first time up for us having come from France. I think he is going to be a tricky horse to win with and we are may have to ride him Harchibald-style and hang onto a long as we can. He doesn't do much in front."
3 b g Sir Percy - Fugnina
Winner of a 1m 5 1/2 f maiden on the Flat at Chelmsford in October when trained by Charlie Hills.
"He is a bony little horse that won on the AW at Chelmsford for Charlie Hills. He has been bought for the Best Of Both Worlds Partnership which has one on the flat with Harry Dunlop and this one with us. There plenty of fun to be had with this lad in Juvenile Hurdles."
5 b g With The Flow - Misty Move
93 rated hurdler. Off the mark with a neck victory from Admiral Blake off a mark of 90 in a handicap hurdle at Exeter (3m) in March.
"He won at Exeter in the Spring in pretty soft ground. He stays well and will win again. He will go chasing at some point."
4 b g Midnight Legend - Chilla Cilla
Promise in two bumpers at Market Rasen in May and Southwell this month.
"He's a horse I love to bits. He finished fourth first time out in a bumper Market Rasen and got in a bit of traffic that day and needed his first run this season but will progress as the season goes on. He's a smashing horse in the making."
6 gr m Midnight Legend - Ruggtah
Winner three times in her career and scored by a neck from Lilywhite Gesture on her reappearance at Uttoxeter (2m 7 1/2f) last week off a mark of 111.
"She won first time out this season at Uttoxeter and she is a mare who will progress further. She will jump a fence and she is tough as teak."
6 b m Oscar - Baywatch Star
Winner of a maiden hurdle at Sligo (2m) when trained by Colin Bowe.
"She has been off for a year with a tendon problem and will go mares' novice chasing and should be nicely handicapped."
4 ch f Black Sam Bellamy - Full of Fruit
Winner of a bumper at Market Rasen in April and third to My Khaleesi in a listed bumper at Cheltenham this month.
"She is a tough as nails and won her bumper first time out then was third in a listed event at Cheltenham last time. She should be able to win a bumper with a penalty before going novice hurdling."
5 b g Milan - Tough As Leather
115 rated hurdler. Placed in three hurdles at Sedgfield, Exeter and Chepstow this season.
"He is a horse who won a bumper and has been placed in all three of his novice hurdles. He has a nice handicap mark and could be one to follow."
6 b g Morozov - Paddyeoin
124 rated hurdler. Winner twice in novice hurdle company over 2m 4f at Sedgefield this season beating Film Director four and a half lengths in May and Crakehall Lad ten lengths in September.
"He has won two novice hurdles and will be an even better chaser."
PRIDE OF PEMBERLEY
4 ch g Flemensfirth - On Galley Head
"He's a bumper sort and a well related horse who goes well. He should be able to win his bumper and he should be out around Christmas time."
5 b g Flemensfirth - Serenique
130 rated hurdler. Winner of a bumper at Carlisle on his debut in November 2015 and a maiden a hurdle at Stratford (2m 2 1/2f) in March. Respectable in two efforts in better company this season.
"He won a bumper and a maiden hurdle and finished fourth in the Persian War at Chepstow. He was running a great race at Cheltenham on his step up to three miles last time but pulled a muscle behind up the hill. He could be one for the Pertemps Final or the Coral Cup at Cheltenham."
5 b m Oscar - Burrator
98 rated hurdler. Winner of a bumper at Carlisle in March. Promise in three novice hurdles.
"She won her bumper at Carlisle and was placed in a novice hurdle at Hexham. She has had a wind operation and will progress in handicaps now."
BUCHE DE NOEL - taken time to acclimatise but could make her mark in mares chases this term.
CHAMPAGNE JAMES - favourite for the Kim Muir last season when trained in Ireland can be brought along nicely for new connections.
FACT OF THE MATTER - winner of two chases this Autumn and more to come.
MIDNIGHT SILVER - winner on her reappearance and could be the sort to do well in mares chases.
NARANJA - could develop in the stable star and another bumper win could come her way be making her mark over hurdles.
THREE WAYS - Pulled a muscle on his latest start and can make amends in the near future.