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SKANDIBURG: Jamie Snowden’s charge chases first win for new handler at Cartmel

Can Skandiburg reward Jamie Snowden with a first win in his care at Cartmel on Friday?

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2AHW29R Eventual winner Skandiburg (far right) ridden by Gavin Sheehan in the Paddy Power 69 Sleeps To Cheltenham Handicap Hurdle during the New Year's Day meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Former Aintree successor Skandiburg returns to tackling fences at Cartmel on Friday afternoon as he represents Jamie Snowden for the third time.

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The former Olly Murphy trained gelding enjoyed a fruitful 2018/19 campaign, winning three of his six starts before going onto land an Aintree and Cheltenham double the season after.

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But he is without a win since New Year’s Day in 2020, since switching yard’s and now contesting for the in-form Snowden, who is currently operating at a 20% strike-rate this calendar year thus far as he bids to better his previous record tally of 46.

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In maintaining the strong recent form of the Berkshire stable, the Sageburg seven-year-old must overcome Kim Bailey’s Yeavering Belle, who made a pleasing start to her chasing career when finishing second at Worcester last month.

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Will Kim Bailey’s Yeavering Belle prove too strong for Skandiburg in Cumbria?

O’Grady’s Boy fared better than expected over track-and-trip here in a Hunters’ Chase, since switching to Gary Hanmer, but Sweet Beat has offered little under rules or between the flags so far and looks a lukewarm outsider.

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