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Festival Winner Menorah To Return To Hurdles For International

Wednesday 7th December 2011

The big International Meeting takes place at Cheltenham this weekend and we have had some fascinating entries for the feature International Hurdle race on Saturday. The International race is a key Champion Hurdle Trial and the surprise name on the list is Menorah who is coming back to hurdles after a spin over fences last month. The Phillip Hobbs horse is best remembered for his win in the Supreme Novices Hurdle in 2010 while he returned last season to run well in fifth place in the Champion Hurdle. It had been thought he would now go novice chasing but after unseating his Jockey at Exeter on his debut, connections have decided to enter him in the race he won so well last season. A good run for Menorah on Saturday could well see him have another tilt at the Champion Hurdle in March while connections are not ruling out a return to chasing either this season.

Some of the best hurdlers in recent memory have won the International Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle in the same season, perhaps the most famous recent one coming in the form of Rooster Booster in 2002. There are some nice types set to take on Menorah in the International Hurdle this weekend with Grandouet in particular catching the eye. The Nicky Henderson horse simply hacked up last time in the Betfair Hurdle and he looks a highly progressive young hurdler as we look towards the Cheltenham Festival in March. Another one to consider in the International Betting is the recent Fighting Fifth winner, Overturn, who could make a quick reappearance for Donald McCain jnr after his win at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago. The horse loves to bowl along in front and with the ground coming in his favour he will be tough to beat as always in one of the best races of the season so far.

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