Menorah

Menorah

Age: 7

Trainer: Philip Hobbs

Novice Chase Wins: 2

Menorah was another eyecatching novice chasing recruit for the 2011/2012 national hunt season and Philip Hobbs would've been hoping that the 2010 Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner would become a top class chaser.

The six-year-old finished fifth in the 2011 Champion Hurdle, where he finished behind second-placed Peddlers Cross and he was one of the standout names as people discussed possible Arkle contenders, but things didn't star smoothly for the Diana Whateley-owned gelding.

Heading to Exeter on his first start over the larger obstacles, Menorah was travelling strongly for Richard Johnson and looked to have the measure of Paul Nicholls' classy Sam Winner coming to the second last.

However, he produced a major mistake and propelled Johnson out of the side door when the race looked pretty much in the bag to give his odds-on backers a disappointing outcome. 

A brief return to the hurdling scene saw him outclassed in the International Hurdle, but he was then sent back chasing by Hobbs and he duly hacked up in a Taunton three-runner race.  A couple of jumping errors would've had favourite backers worried, but he showed elements of class during the performance and will certainly be one to watch out for in the 2012 Arkle Betting.

Sent out relatively quickly, he was handed the task of taking on the decent duo of Kumbeshwar and Alasi at Kempton in January.  Yet again he showed some jumping issues with a few sketchy jumps, but he beat the classy hurdlers with ease and with a quicker run race likely to help his jumping is certainly a lively contender to the likes of Sprinter Sacre and Peddlers Cross.

Nevertheless, Hobbs was forced to go back to the drawing board as Menorah came down for the second time this season when taking on the exciting Kid Cassidy at Doncaster in late January and he is now set to be sent to jumping specialist Yogi Breisner to improve his jumping.

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