Jamie Snowden has done exceptionally well with a selective number of runners at Catterick so far this season. The Lambourn-based trainer has sent three runners up to North Yorkshire during the current campaign and two of them have won. It makes sense to be so selective with his runners as it’s a long way to go. There may be some significance to the fact that he sends just one runner there on Thursday. His runner is set to take it’s chance in the feature race of the day. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.
Legends Ryde (3-1, William Hill) is the horse in question, she’s due to line up in the North Yorkshire Grand National and the £25,650 prize pot is not be sniffed at. Snowden’s mare runs her race more often than not, finishing in the first three in seven of her nine chase starts.
Her staying on third over an extended 2m4f at Cheltenham was a much improved effort last time out. It’s not fair to judge her too harshly on her two previous starts which were always going to be uphill challenges as Pic D’Orhy and Fantastic Lady are very smart horses.
Yet to try a marathon trip, she did win her sole start over 3m2f at Fontwell back in March. The front two were a distance clear of the the only other finisher that day. Miss Jeane Moon was the runner-up that day and she has since boosted the form by winning at Worcester in October. Having shown plenty of stamina that day, there were plenty of signs that the extra four furlongs here are gettable.
Perhaps her strongest piece of form came in defeat at Ascot in December 2021 where she finished 13 lengths behind subsequent Grade 1-winner L’Homme Presse. There are no guarantees in this game but connections must be confident to send her all that way.
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