Trainer Jamie Snowden has high hopes for Thebannerkingrebel in The Betfair Hurdle despite Haydock setback
- Recent Haydock defeat could be a blessing in disguise for Thebannerkingrebel
- He will seek to be seventh novice to win in last eight runnings of the race
- The gelding carries the colours of Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick
Trainer Jamie Snowden is hoping defeat for Thebannerkingrebel at Haydock last month could be a blessing in disguise for the gelding’s challenge for Saturday’s Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.
While Thebannerkingrebel would be given 4lb extra carry if the handicapper could assess the £155,000 race again, the horse who won the Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle – Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Stolen Silver – must carry an 8lb penalty.
That gives Thebannerkingrebel a 12lb turnaround for the two lengths he was beaten by Stolen Silver.
Jamie Snowden hopes Haydock defeat could be a blessing in disguise for Thebannerkingrebel
Novice Thebannerkingrebel, who carries the colours of Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick, will also be trying to be the seventh novice to win the Betfair Hurdle in the last eight runnings.
Snowden said: ‘Every cloud has a silver lining and being beaten at Haydock might turn out to be to our advantage at Newbury. He still has a bit to learn but he has come on with every run.
‘It looks the right race for us to be in and he ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to the trends of the race.’
Thebannerkingrebel is a 10-1 shot for the Betfair Hurdle. Favourite Not So Sleepy is not yet a definite runner, according to his trainer Hughie Morrison.
The supporting races on Saturday at Newbury are headed by the Game Spirit Chase in which Nicky Henderson-trained Altior will hope to inject some momentum into a frustrating season.
Southwell will mark International Women’s Day on March 8 by staging a card with four jumps and four Flat races restricted to female jockeys.