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Hunt Ball: got off the mark for the season at Taunton this month

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Hunt Ball and Menorah set for Cheltenham clash

CHELTENHAM will host a midweek cracker on Wednesday when Hunt Ball and Menorah will be among the stars in action at the track.

One of the success stories of last season, Hunt Ball had failed to score this term, but put that right at Taunton at the start of the month.

He gets weight from Menorah, who was second in the Grade 1 Bowl at Aintree's Grand National meeting, but flopped in the Ryanair at the Cheltenham Festival.

Champion Court, who will be ridden by Ian Popham when he lines up in opposition in the Silver Trophy Chase, also ran in the Ryanair, finishing fifth, one place in front of Ghizao who is back for more.

Byrne Group Plate winner Carrickboy also runs, as does Big Fella Thanks, pulled up in the Grand National last time. Easter Meteor completes the field.

Supreme fifth Puffin Billy runs in the novice hurdle on the card, while RSA sixth Goulanes contests the novice chase.

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