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Jamie Snowden: I wouldn’t swap Present View for any other horse but I particularly fear Buywise

The third in our series as trainer Jamie Snowden provides an inside view of his Folly House yard for the Paddy Power Blog this week. As the Lambourn conjuror approaches the Paddy Power Gold Cup this weekend with the favourite, Present View, he casts an eye over the opposition...

by Paddy Power | November 14, 2014

All of the serious work is now behind Present View, and now it’s a case of ticking him over until the big day on Saturday.

He did two routine canters this morning, and now we have to keep our fingers crossed that all goes smoothly over the next 36 hours.

We declared this morning for the race, there are 19 runners and we have a great racing weight of 11 stone.

Present View

We all know our lad now, and I thought I’d have a look through the some of the opposition.

I particularly fear Evan Williams’ Buywise who has had a similar preparation to us in that Evan gave him a prep run over hurdles.

We beat him at the Festival last season and we reappear on better terms this time, but if he jumps better then he could be a big danger.

Obviously Johns Spirit has to be considered a danger – he won the race last year off 139 but is now off a mark of 156, and it will take a Gold Cup performance to win this race off that sort of mark, but he loves the track.

The same could be said of Oscar Whisky, but the main dangers could be Indian Castle and Shanpallas. Indian Castle has been improving all the time, and he stays very well, whilst Shanpallas won the Munster National in the style of a good horse – he could be the one to fear most.

The other horse that is probably over-priced is Ataglance, who was second to us at the festival and is now 1lbs better off with us today.

Well, I could go through the whole race and give a case for most of them however I don’t want to talk myself out of this….I wouldn’t swap Present View for any other horse in the race, we just need some luck in running.

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