It's Sidney Banks day at Huntingdon on Thursday and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns with his best bets for the Cambridgeshire track.
Anger Management @ 6/1
Persian Time @ 5/1
San Pedro De Senam @ 4/1
The Urban Logistics Reit Novices' Handicap Hurdle (1.50) is a competitive race on paper, but ANGER MANAGEMENT has dropped to a handy mark and he looks capable of cashing in.
He produced one of his best efforts over hurdles over course and distance when landing a four-runner juvenile hurdle in October and showed that was no fluke when third at Fontwell in November. Anger Management recorded a career-best Racing Post Rating of 97 that day.
John Ryan has not run Anger Management over hurdles since and the four-year-old has been disappointing on the all-weather in two subsequent outings. But maybe he is just better over hurdles than he is on the sand and his recent RPRs would suggest that is definitely the case.
Anger Management's best RPR on the Flat is just 47, but he is 50lb higher over hurdles and the return to this discipline looks certain to suit.
There could be more to come this time.
Nicky Henderson has won the M1 Agency Sidney Banks Memorial Novices' Hurdle (3.00) twice in the last eight years with Different Gravey and the great Shishkin.
It looks significant that he runs PERSIAN TIME this year and the son of Califet might have been underestimated.
He is behind in the market to Rare Edition and Ginny's Destiny because he hasn't achieved anywhere near as much as that pair. But he hasn't had the opportunity to do so and showed he has the potential to reach their level when winning at Ascot in November.
Persian Time might have been a lucky winner as he was three lengths behind Master Chewy when that rival fell at the last but, nevertheless, the selection powered clear on the run-in and that was despite being hampered by the faller.
There should be plenty more to come from Persian Time and he can make the step up.
Gary Moore's string is in superb form and he looks capable of landing the Newlands Developments Handicap Hurdle (3.35) with the well-handicapped SAN PEDRO DE SENAM.
It's more than four years since he last won, but that victory came at this course off a mark of 106 and he races off just 86 here. He could make short work of these rivals if back in form.
There have been positive signs on his recent outings, too. He has finished third on his last three starts and twice at this course. He was beaten less than seven lengths when last seen at the track in May last year and returns from 280 days off at the scene of his best performances.
He is 5lb lower than when recording that latest effort and 13lb lower than when well beaten in this race last year. With Niall Houlihan claiming a further 3lb, San Pedro De Senam is simply too well treated to ignore and it's worth taking a chance on him after the long break.