Today's racecards

Huntingdon

  • 15:35 Freebets.co.uk Sidney Banks Memorial Novices' Hurdle2m 4f 110y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 8.70s
  • Off time: 15:35:23
15:35 Huntingdon Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st The Minack (IRE) 5/2
2nd Sarando 7/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1-411 Red, White spots, Red Sleeves, White Cap Master Of The Hall (IRE) 27
Nag me
6 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 142 8/131.62
2 31161 RED, WHITE cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap The Minack (IRE) 40
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 141 5/23.50
3 12244U Light Blue, White star, White sleeves, Light Blue stars, White cap, Light Blue star Night Orbit 12
Nag me
6 11-3 Miss J Feilden Matthew Batchelor 127 25/126.00
4 8721 Black and pink (quartered), maroon sleeves and cap Sarando 17
Nag me
5 11-3 t P R Webber L Treadwell 126 7/18.00
5 3 Royal Blue, Pink sash, Royal Blue sleeves, Pink stars, Royal Blue cap, Pink star Reaction 26
Nag me
4 10-7 p1 Miss S West J Goldstein 25/126.00

Verdict

This is a fascinating race that could unearth some key Cheltenham Festival clues; in it we'll take MASTER OF THE HALL to hold off the likely challenge from The Minack to cement his seat at the top table come March. Nicky Henderson's charge arrived with a tall reputation after a point-to-point win and was always going to leave his modest bumper fourth behind when taking to obstacles. That has proved to be the case as he's scored twice on desperate ground, in the process suggesting this step up in distance will be right up his street. Neither success has been flashy but he appeals as the type to get the job done so gets the vote ahead of The Minack. Paul Nicholls' son of King's Theatre looks a chaser in the making and will have no excuses with regards trip and ground. It's debatable whether he was a deserving winner at Kempton last time as Kennel Hill downed tools approaching two out but nevertheless he's shown steadily progressive form barring one flop at Cheltenham, an effort that is excusable as he made a bad mistake halfway through the contest. He's rated within a pound of our selection and might prove the better long-term prospect, but for now we like Master Of The Hall to emerge best. That's not to underestimate the claims of the other three; Sarando has progressed with racing and will love the ground, Night Orbit was in the process of running a big race when unseating last time and Reaction should relish the step up in trip having shaped with promise on debut, but the standard of the market leaders might prove a bridge too far and we'll return to Master Of The Hall.