The interview with Jamie Snowden in the November Update is proving profitable to follow. Ga Law provided the Lambourn handler with big race success at Cheltenham on Saturday and the useful novice hurdler You Wear It Well sluiced home at short odds at Hexham on Wednesday. The former assistant to Nicky Henderson sent out a double at Wincanton on Thursday with Cornicello (11/10) and Ebonello (11/4) scoring. The first named belongs to Value Racing Club and the ex-French gelding has now won two of his last three outings and has really got his jumping together. Racing enthusiastically and making all, he maintained a strong gallop to win readily by five and a half lengths in the opening conditional and amateur riders novice handicap hurdle.
Peaky Boy was the latest winner for Declan Phelan's Irish Pointers article in OJA with the Michael Scudamore trained four year old going one better than time when taking the bumper at Newcastle. The Kayf Tara gelding, who was acquired for £240,000 having won his only point had proved no match for Realisation on his Rules debut at Bangor but was subsequently bought by Olly Harris whose yellow silks are becoming increasingly common on UK racecourses. Always prominent, Jamie Moore's mount was pushed out to beat debutant Lethal Industry by nearly three lengths with Yorkshire Man Sam staying on well in third. It remains to be seen whether he remains in bumpers this campaign but he will benefit from two and a half miles plus over obstacles - he looks a stayer.
Willie Mullins won the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase for the seventh time in the last ten years when Blue Lord edged out stablemate and King George winner Tornado Flyer. Tackling two and a half miles for only the second time in his career - runner-up behind Bob Olinger in a Grade 1 NH at Naas - he led after the second last and had to be kept up to his work to hang on. In receipt of four pounds, he is likely to improve and looks more of a Ryanair Chase type rather than Queen Mother Champion Chase contender.
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