Memorial race for Cambridgeshire racehorse trainer

February 2, 2018
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The £30,000 Listed Sidney Banks Memorial Novices’ Hurdle is the feature contest at Huntingdon Racecourse next Thursday.

The race was first run in the mid-1970s as a tribute to the father of the late racecourse chairman Michael Banks. Sidney Banks held a permit locally to train until his death in 1973.

Just a few weeks before his famous Grand National victory on Aldaniti, the legendary jockey Bob Champion triumphed in the Huntingdon race. The two-and-a-half-mile event was also famously won in the 1990s by trainer Jenny Pitman’s Nahthen Lad who went on to victory in the Cheltenham Festival race now known as the RSA Chase.

More recently, trainer Warren Greatrex and jockey Gavin Sheehan teamed up to triumph in the race in both 2016 and 2017. They could combine again in a bid for a hat trick with a horse called Western Ryder.

Main Enclosure admission for adults on Thursday, 8th February, is £10 when purchased in advance – £15 on the day. Accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge.

Tickets can be purchased at http://huntingdon.thejockeyclub.co.uk or on 0844 579 3007.

Hospitality and restaurant packages are available at all the racecourse’s fixtures throughout the year for visitors wishing to make their trip to the races extra special. Prices start at £55 per person.