Brendan's Diary: The Special One

  • By: Brendan Powell
  • Last Updated: November 19 2013, 15:05 GMT

It's been a mixed week for Brendan despite a brace of winners for Jamie Snowden.

Brendan en route to victory aboard Keychain on Tuesday
Brendan en route to victory aboard Keychain on Tuesday

It been a rather mixed week on the riding front with the pluses being another couple of winners for Jamie Snowden at Huntingdon and Exeter - don't forget you can get all of Jamie's daily stable info via my sponsors, they've a FREE TRIAL and you can tap into the info from 16 leading yards -

The first of those winners was on Buxom last Tuesday. Jamie's decision to put the visor on her paid off as despite looking a tad exposed now that managed to eke out a bit more improvement and helped her focus more on the job at hand.

We followed that up the next day with a horse I know Jamie really likes - Joanne One. Her task was made all the easier after the second favourite fell early on, but I think she would have won anyway. She's a very nice prospect and a horse I know we are all looking forward to running and riding as the season moves on - there are no firm plans yet, but I know Jamie has his eye on a decent Listed race at Haydock, I think in December, so watch out for her.

In terms of winners, that was it, but I had five nice rides at Cheltenham to look forward to after that. Unfortunately Battle Group didn't feel right after jumping the first in the Paddy Power on Saturday so I had no option but to pull him up. The vet checked him over and it looks like he's pulled a few muscles in his back - nothing too serious, but I suspect Johnny will give him a small break and work on getting him back, and I'm sure he'll be winning again before too long as the season moves on.

Becauseicouldntsee gave me a great ride in the Murphy Group Handicap before the Paddy Power - yes, he was beaten a long way in the end, but he only really got tired with about three to go and led the field down the hill turning for home. He's not getting any younger, but with that run under his belt then I'm sure the Foxhunter races at Cheltenham and Aintree will be targets for him later in the season.

Colin Tizzard's Oiseau De Nuit, a past Festival winner, did the yard proud on Sunday in the Shloer Chase. He wasn't beaten too far in the end behind the likes of Kid Cassidy and Sire de Grugy, so with better ground and now two runs under his belt this season then he's another we can get excited about - especially when we get more spring ground, while I wouldn't be surprised to see him step up a tad in trip too.

Onto this week and I'm at Lingfield for some good rides on Tuesday, and I should be at Warwick and Ascot later in the week, but I'm probably most looking forward to riding Jamie's Present View at Market Rasen on Thursday. This horse made it into my 10 to follow that I've recently posted on here in previous weeks and after a couple of runs at Huntingdon and Kempton is expected to go well again this week - he's still only a 5 year-old so has bags of potential and should give me a nice spin on Thursday - fingers crossed!

Have a good week!


Here are my 10 To Follow Again........

FLAMING CHARMER - I've already given this horse a mention in this week's article. He was a nice winner for me last week at Chepstow and I think he could be one to follow from the Colin Tizzard team this season. Yes, he'll go up for that win, but he's a smart horse and with that only being his second start over fences then there should be a lot more to come from him.

CUE CARD - Colin's stable star, and it's amazing to think he's still only a 7 year-old. I've actually never sat on him as if Joe's not riding him at home a top amateur called Micky Legg stands in. He'll come on for his recent third in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter - he had to give a lot of weight away that day and may have just needed it. I 'd also say he's a proper 2m4f+ chaser now and might even be pitched more towards 3 miles as the season moves on - he'll be pitching it with the big boys once again, and looks sure to pick up one of the top races as the season moves on.

OUR CONOR - Won the Triumph in scintillating fashion last season and went into many a notebook for the Champion Hurdle soon after. A recent spin on the flat would have blown a few cobwebs away and once back over hurdles he looks a force to be reckoned with - the Champion Hurdle is billing up to be a crackerjack of a race - he's currently around the 9/2 mark and rates a serious player in my eyes.

MELODIC RENDEZVOUS - How impressive was he on Saturday in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton? Connections said that he might have needed the race too, so the fact he won as he did was all the more impressive. He was at top gear jumping the last and not stopping, while he almost slipped up on the turn for home too, again, all factors that made his Saturday win all the better. He looks to be going right to the very top of the hurdling tree for me.

AT FISHERS CROSS - A big player in the staying hurdle division this season after some ultra-impressive wins at Cheltenham and Aintree last term. He's around the 7/2 mark for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at present - a race that's turning into a real 'must-see' affair, especially with a lot resting on how Big Buck's will return after a year off. However, at just 6 years-old and with now six wins on the spin this AP McCoy-ridden horse looks a huge threat to the Nicholls horse this season in these races, even more so if and when the ground comes up on the soft side.

PRESENT VIEW: This Jamie Snowden-trained 5 year-old was a decent second at Kempton on Monday. The winner that day looked a nice sort but we pulled well clear of the third. I expect her to improve again for that outing and I don't think it will be too long before she's winning.

BATTLE GROUP: Now with Johnny Farrelly, who is a trainer to note in the coming months and years. He's supporting me a lot and I'm really looking forward to getting back on Battle Group on the track. As I'm sure you know this horse gave me some great days last season, most notably when winning at Aintree on Grand National day. He's had his knockers in the past when with the Pipe yard, but he's always had ability and after winning his last three I will be hoping to make that four when he's out soon - he's currently entered in the Paddy Power Gold Cup in a few weeks.

KAZLIAN: Sticking with the Farrelly yard another horse I'm really looking forward to riding is this one. He came to Johnny from the Pipe yard and was last seen running third in the Imperial Cup at Sandown. He's been working well at home and could be a real star for the yard this season. Hopefully we'll see him next in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham in a few weeks.

GOLDEN CHIEFTAIN: It's no real secret that this horse is a real favourite of mine and I owe him a lot after he got me home to land the JLT Speciality Chase at the Cheltenham Festival back in March. That was actually his last race, but he's had a nice summer break and is raring to go again. He's still only 8 years-old so there should be more to come from him, while he likes a bit of cut so it's now getting to his time of the year. No entries as such at the moment, but the Hennessy is a possible, and I think he'll go really well in some of the 3m+ top handicaps (or even slightly better class) this season.

GUANCIALE: I suppose I have to put one of the old man's horses in! Only joking - this horse is one I know he likes and although I wasn't on his latest second at Fontwell I've ridden him in all his other four outings. He's not been out since April, but has had a wind operation over the summer and that seems to have help him bundles. He's been doing plenty at home recently and he could be one to add to your horse alerts this season.

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