3.05 Huntingdon, Thursday, February 11

In the 32Red Sidney Banks Memorial Novices’ Hurdle (3.05) at Huntingdon on Thursday, North Hill Harvey had his limitations exposed by Barters Hill on his hurdling debut over course and distance in November, but was eased down in the closing stages and his effort looks all the better for the subsequent exploits of the unbeaten winner in any case.

North Hill Harvey, himself, made no mistake on his only subsequent start, readily quickening clear to beat Baden by 4½ lengths in a Class 3 novices’ hurdle over 2 miles 1 furlong at Cheltenham in December. Admittedly, the runner-up was eventually soundly thrashed by Yanworth and company in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle over 2 miles 4½ furlongs at Cheltenham 11 days ago, but only faded on the run-in in what was, after all, a much, much better race.

North Hill Harvey steps back up in class and distance under a 4lb penalty but, now officially rated 140, he fully deserves his place in the field. He has plenty of stamina in his pedigree, being by Kayf Tara out of a Roberto mare, and remains open to any amount of improvement on just his third start under rules.

Selection: Huntingdon 3.05 North Hill Harvey to win

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