Snowden pair on course for Newbury EBF finale on Saturday

Tue 20 Mar 2018

Courtesy of Newbury Racecourse:

Newbury’s 2017/18 Jump racing season concludes this weekend with the two-day Be Wiser Jump Season Finale on Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24.

The highlight of Saturday’s seven-race card is the £40,000 G2 EBF & TBA Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle Finale (3.15pm, 21 entries), a G2 limited handicap over an extended two and a half miles.

The entries are topped by Woolstone One (trainer Emma Lavelle), winner of a Listed race at Warwick on her latest start, and Midnight Tune (Anthony Honeyball), who made it three wins from her last four starts in the G2 Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown Park on February 16.

Her Majesty The Queen’s famous colours could be sported by Sunshade. The Nicky Henderson-trained homebred won her first three starts under Rules, including two hurdle races, in good style before finishing third behind Maria’s Benefit in a Listed mares’ hurdle at Taunton in December.

Jamie Snowden has two interesting contenders in Kalahari Queen and Lostnfound. Kalahari Queen comfortably defeated Lady Of Lamanver (Harry Fry) by eight lengths in a handicap hurdle at Exeter on February 23, while Lostnfound beat Woolstone One at Uttoxeter in November and has finished runner-up twice since in similar races under the penalty.

The Lambourn trainer explained: “Kalahari Queen is in great form. She came out of Exeter really well, having been pretty impressive that day.

“The thing about is that she is still so green and backward, but she is essentially a three-mile chaser in the making and given what she has done over two miles and two and a quarter, you would expect her to improve over further.

“Two and a half miles around Newbury on testing ground looks the next obvious stepping stone and we are looking forward to running her again.

“Lostnfound is owned by a breeder who is trying to get a little bit of black type, so if we can run, we will.

“She ran a good race the last day up at Sedgefield. She won what turned out to be quite a good race at Uttoxeter and has been second with the penalty twice.

“She is certainly good enough to win races and hopefully she can go there and pick up a bit a bit of black type.”

Newbury’s six-race card on Friday includes the £15,000 Be Wiser Insurance Handicap Hurdle (4.10pm, 20 entries) over an extended two miles. The weights are headed on 11st 12lb by talented novice Theclockisticking (Stuart Edmunds).