Hobbs Has Champion Hurdle Hopes for Menorah

After success at the Cheltenham Festival in the Supreme Novice's Hurdle, Philip Hobbs has plans for his charge Menorah, hoping that he can score a victory in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle on Sunday and cement his claims as a competitor for the Champion Hurdle.

Philip Hobbs

Philip Hobbs

The Diana Whateley-owned five-year-old will carry top weight on Sunday and Hobbs thinks he will have to be competitive if he is to justify his claims as a contender for the Champion Hurdle, for which he is a 16-1 chance with new sponsor Stan James.

Speaking during an open day at his Somerset yard on Tuesday, Hobbs raised concerns about the form of Menorah's Supreme Novices' win and hinted a switch to chasing could be on the cards if the son of King's Theatre fails to fire on his seasonal reappearance.

During an open day at his stable on Tuesday, Hobbs commented on the Diana Whateley owned five year old saying, "We would love to see Menorah win the Greatwood on Sunday as then he would be on the way to the Champion Hurdle.

"He is only five and we hope he has improved from last season. If he cannot win a handicap off 151 then he is not going to win the Champion Hurdle. I would not want it very soft, although good to soft is fine."

He continued, "He's realistically priced. We hope he can perform very well and it will be very disappointing if he is not placed.

"He would definitely jump fences when we want to - he may be jumping them sooner rather than later if he gets beaten on Sunday."

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