Menorah possible for Betfair Chase if ground suits

Richard Johnson riding Menorah

Menorah: Charlie Hall winner does not want soft ground

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SUITABLE ground will dictate where Menorah runs next as trainer Philip Hobbs mulls over sending the Charlie Hall Chase winner to Haydock for the Betfair Chase.

One of 20 entries made on Wednesday for the Grade 1 on November 22, the nine-year-old Menorah delivered one of his best performances at Wetherby last weekend, a victory that has now led Hobbs to look at races like the Betfair Chase and Kempton’s King George VI Chase.

The trainer said: “It is still a little way off to say definitely where Menorah will go next, but the Betfair Chase is a possible target for him.

“It is pretty much ground dependent where he will go as he doesn’t want soft ground. If it is too soft at Haydock or at Kempton for the King George, then he wouldn’t run.”

Defending champion Cue Card, fourth on his reappearance in the Haldon Gold Cup, has been entered for the Betfair Chase, along with Bobs Worth, Dynaste, Holywell and Silviniaco Conti, in what could be a crackerjack of a race.

The newly-created 2m Betfair Price Rush Hurdle on the card may have a star turn with The New One one of 14 entries received. Irving, Melodic Rendezvous and Vaniteux are other possibles.

David Pipe is responsible for eight of the 53 entrants for the Fixed Brush Hurdle, including Ballynagour, as he seeks a fourth win in the last five runnings of the race.

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