Always the bridesmaid last season, Benefit Of Youth has clearly benefited greatly from a good spell in the paddocks and has returned this season a better, stronger horse, winning his second novice hurdle of the 2013/14 campaign with a seven-length success at Worcester yesterday evening.

He was receiving a stone from the runner-up, but nevertheless it was another improved performance and he looks capable of recording they hat-trick in level-weights novice company before being sent handicapping in the autumn.