Huntingdon’s Listed Sidney Banks Memorial Novices’ Hurdle is the feature race in Britain on a busy Thursday afternoon. We will provide a Horse Racing tip, preview and prediction for this extended 2m 3f contest which has attracted a field of five talented novices.
Today’s Horse Racing nap also runs at Huntingdon in the following Class 2 handicap hurdle, also run over the same trip, while our each-way longshot comes on Town Moor at Doncaster in the 3m handicap chase at 2.10pm.
“Tip of the Day” – Thunder Rock – 3.45pm Huntingdon
Considering Olly Murphy’s charge beat easy Lanzarote Hurdle winner Cobblers Dream on just his second start over the smaller obstacles, the six-year-old looks on a good mark of 123, making his handicap debut.
Minella Examiner (Longshot) – 2.10pm Doncaster
Back to the scene of his course and distance victory of two years ago, it could be worth chancing a revival in the fortunes of the Warren Greatrex-trained Minella Examiner who is beginning to look very attractively handicapped on a mark of only 95.
The Beat Hollow gelding made most of the running to record that sole chasing success on Town Moor before failing to follow-up off a 9lb higher mark on the course when third of 12 three weeks later. The nine-year-old has struggled to recapture his best form in two runs this season. But the mount of Sean Quinlan should strip fitter here and back on a track that clearly suits, is fancied to outrun his odds.
Ajay’s Ways, a winner on his chasing debut at Fakenham last month and the consistent No Cruise Yet are the others to consider.
Wonderwall (Next Best) – 3.10pm Huntingdon
Only five runners for this Listed hurdle but a fascinating contest all the same. Harbour Lake and Jerrash are both unbeaten over hurdles while the Stuart Edmunds-trained Gentleman At Arms has done very little wrong since being sent over the smaller obstacles. But this looks to rest between the talented mare Elle Est Belle and Wonderwall from the stable of Richard Spencer.
Dan Skelton’s charge, third behind Sir Gerhard in last season’s Champion Bumper at the festival, was due to run in Saturday’s valuable Betfair Hurdle but has been rerouted to this easier option and is certain to put up a bold show.
In receipt of just 2lb from Wonderwall however, the mare may have to settle for the runner-up spot on this occasion. The mount of James Bowen was seventh in that Cheltenham Bumper and has looked an exciting prospect since being sent over hurdles.
A bad mistake at the final flight may have cost the gelding the race when making his hurdling debut at Newbury in December. But the six-year-old made no such mistake next time when cantering home from a highly-regarded Nicky Henderson inmate at Doncaster.
A top price 25/1 with Unibet for the Ballymore at the festival in five week’s time, Wonderwall can earn his place in that Grade 1 contest with a victory in this Listed race.
Thunder Rock (NAP) – 3.45pm Huntingdon
It is more than possible that in allotting the lightly-raced Thunder Rock an opening handicap mark of 123, the handicapper may have underestimated the ability of the Olly Murphy-trained six-year-old.
An easy winner of a Wetherby novices’ hurdle last November when beating subsequent five and a half length Lanzarote Hurdle victor Cobblers Dream, a horse who is now rated 136, some 13lb more than Adrian Heskin’s mount runs off here.
The Shirocco gelding has since landed the odds with the minimum of fuss in a novices’ hurdle at Musselburgh and time may show that the handicapper has miscalculated in assessing the six-year-old’s opening mark. The front-running Mengli Khan should set the race up nicely for today’s nap selection.
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