Huntingdon: Kim Bailey mulling options after Vinndication does the job in Sidney Banks

Thu 8 Feb 2018

Watch a full replay of the Sidney Banks Memorial Novices' Hurdle won by Vinndication at Huntingdon on Thursday and Kim Bailey's interview with Stewart Machin.

By staff

Vinndication stylishly maintained his 100 per cent record with an authoritative display in the Sidney Banks Memorial Novices' Hurdle at Huntingdon.

After one bumper success and two triumphs over smaller obstacles, Vinndication took the step up to Listed company in his stride.

David Bass decided to push on with Kim Bailey's bright prospect from four out and soon had his five rivals on the back foot.

Western Ryder was the only one to keep tabs on him, but Vinndication (5-2 favourite) was far too good and went on to score by three and a quarter lengths.

Bailey told Racing UK: "He's a bit of a playboy, really, in the right sense of the word. He is a horse who doesn't really understand racing at all. This time last year he was standing in his stable. He has come a long way in a short space of time."

He added: "Even when he hit the front he didn't know what to go and do. Logically, I would rather go to Aintree than Cheltenham but I just need to see how he is.

"We are a month away from Cheltenham. I know where the owners would like to go but I have got to look after the horse.

"At this time last year he was standing in his stable so he has come an awful long way in a short space of time. He is a good horse.

"Temptations are there to be put in front of you and refused on occasions. He has got the two entries (in the Ballymore and the Albert Bartlett). I wouldn't think he will go three miles. We will let Red River do that one.

"It is all very well stepping up to three miles but that would have taught us nothing.

Huntingdon Races Vinndication may well skip the Cheltenham Festival in favour of Aintree (PA)

"He needed to learn and he needed to know what life was all about. He is a really good-action horse and I think he will be better on better ground."

Vinndication was cut to 16-1 from 33-1 for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle with Paddy Power, while Western Ryder can be backed at 33-1. Trainer Warren Greatrex confirmed the 2m5f contest was indeed the target.

"You never want to get beaten, but there were plenty of positives after Sandown," he told Racing UK.

"We gave it a big shot and we couldn’t peg him back. They pulled well clear of a good field so the form looks to be strong.

"I still have it in the back of my mind that he is better left handed, and better on netter ground. He definitely stays, which is something we didn’t quite know and got a little close to the last two. These are small margins, and in these races against a very good horse you ned to get it all right.

"Richard [Johnson] was adamant we should head to the Ballymore and he feels the horse deserves to take his chance. On better ground, we might be competitive and pick up a place. If Samcro didn’t turn up you would never know."

Watch the last ten Ballymore Novices' Hurdles and get all the statistics and trends you need ahead of Cheltenham with our Festival pack.

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