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M1 Agency Sidney Banks Memorial Novices’ Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £17085
  • 2m 3f 137y
  • Class 1
  • 4 runners
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M1 Agency Sidney Banks Memorial Novices’ Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25

Form: 11 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Promising sort who is unbeaten in three races, namely an Irish point and two novice hurdles (good/soft); readily justified favouritism at Newcastle (2m4f) most recently; brings a very attractive profile to this higher grade and looks the type to develop into a smart sort; respected.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

4

8th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 137y

Class 1

14:50 Huntingdon

Handstands

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Ben Pauling

travelled strongly, raced wide, raced in third, joined leaders 3 out, led going best before 2 out, ridden and idled when edged left after last, kept on well

5/2

1st

1

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:15 Newcastle

Handstands

11st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

took keen hold, chased clear leader, pressed leader after 5th, led going easily before 4 out, joined before 3 out, shaken up and went clear after 2 out, edged left run-in, readily

2/7

1st

3

16th Dec 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

12:25 Hereford

Handstands

11st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Half-brother to useful hurdlers Kilconny Bridge and Benny's Bridge; made winning debut in slow-ground Irish point in October and was bought for £135,000 last month; looks a very interesting recruit for Ben Pauling.

2/1

OUR TIP

Form: 11

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

2-2 under rules, winning soft-ground novice hurdles at Ascot (1m7f) and Aintree (2m Grade 1); somewhat fortunate in latter, with task made easier when the favourite fell, but he's top on ratings in this field and still very unexposed; bred to be as effective at this longer trip.

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2nd

1

8th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 137y

Class 1

14:50 Huntingdon

Jango Baie

11st 10lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

raced wide, took keen hold, held up in last, bit short of room when pressed leaders after 3 out, switched left and bit short of room before 2 out, went second before last, ridden and kept on after last, no match for winner

10/11

1st

6

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 1

13:05 Aintree

Jango Baie

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

3/1

1st

5

4th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 3

14:40 Ascot

Jango Baie

11st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Fetched £170,000 after finishing runner-up in an Irish point and back in third was Williethebuilder, who impressed in a novice hurdle for the Skeltons before running well to be fourth last week at Cheltenham; interesting for a yard that's won this four times since 2012.

5/2

Form: 11 D

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Similar type to two of these rivals, being 2-2 under rules, albeit showing a lower level of form; the wins came in novice hurdles at Catterick (2m3f) and Southwell (2m4f), both on good to soft ground; faces a harder assignment upped in grade but is open to further improvement.

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3rd

3

8th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 137y

Class 1

14:50 Huntingdon

Bugise Seagull

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Charlie Longsdon

raced wide

9/1

1st

2

17th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

14:30 Southwell

Bugise Seagull

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Charlie Longsdon

Runner-up in the second of two Irish points, to one who has shown good bumper/hurdle form since; bright start to hurdle career when romping home at Catterick (2m3f, good to soft) in November; can benefit from further experience; major player.

2/1

2

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:25 Catterick

Bugise Seagull

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Charlie Longsdon

Runner-up in Irish maiden point (3m, soft) last November on his second start and changed hands for £95,000 six days later; absent since but brings potential to this rules debut and no surprise to see a good run.

5/2

Form: 1-21 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Justified favouritism in clearcut fashion at Warwick (2m3f, soft; second hurdles run) last month, adding to his bumper win and taking record to 2-3; solid effort (form has substance) the time before; incurs 3lb penalty upped in class but is likely to progress further; interesting.

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4th

2

8th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 137y

Class 1

14:50 Huntingdon

Diamond Ri

11st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

raced wide

4/1

1st

3

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 0y

Class 2

13:15 Warwick

Diamond Ri

11st 7lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Stable doesn't have many debut bumper winners but this 82,000euros 3yo purchase won very easily on soft ground at Warwick last March; found one too good when evens on hurdling debut at Exeter (2m, good to soft) in November but the form has been boosted and there's plenty of scope for improvement in his jumping; the one to beat on form and probably potential.

6/4

2nd

3

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 3

13:45 Exeter

Diamond Ri

11st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Stable doesn't have many debut bumper winners and yet this 82,000euros 3yo won very easily on soft ground at Warwick in March; there's some substance to that form and he looks a smart prospect.

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Payout
Exacta £50.00
Straight Forecast £54.60
Trifecta £118.00

Selections

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