Benefit Of Youth was a model of consistency last year, finishing in the frame on five of his six completed starts in 2012.  However, he remained a maiden so it was very pleasing to see him get off the mark on his first start of the new campaign with a facile success at Uttoxeter under Michael Byrne, who is enjoying a really good start to the season.

He brought the best form into the race but nevertheless it was a much-improved performance and he looks capable of adding another novice hurdle win in the coming weeks, especially as he would avoid a penalty for the success as it came in a race restricted to conditional jockeys.