09 February 2018

VINNDICATION (IRE) extended his unbeaten run to four when taking Thursday’s feature at Huntingdon, the Sidney Banks Memorial Novices’ Hurdle, a Listed contest over two and a half miles. Sent off favourite on ground described as soft, the Kim Bailey-trained five-year-old raced close to the leader until asserting from three out and went four lengths clear approaching the next obstacle. Driven home strongly, he beat Western Ryder (IRE) by three and a quarter lengths, with all of 23 lengths back to the third horse.

Bailey was full of praise for the winner saying, “We've said for a long time he's our best novice and he justified it today. He's as hard as nails and from day one has wanted to be good.” VINNDICATION (IRE) was bred by Thomas Mulhern out of a Taipan (IRE) half-sister to Listed hurdler Moohono (IRE). Irish Grand National victor Insure appears under the third dam, while Grade 2 winner Too Forward (IRE) features further down the page. VINNDICATION (IRE) is a son of Longford House Stud stallion Vinnie Roe (IRE) and was bought by Chapelane Stud for €6,000 at the Goffs December NH Sale.

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