sport news Jamie Snowden has high hopes for Thebannerkingrebel in The Betfair Hurdle ...

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

By Marcus Townend for MailOnline

Published: 18:25 GMT, 3 February 2020 | Updated: 18:25 GMT, 3 February 2020

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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.

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