Cue Card and Menorah showdown in Haldon
THEY each won a race at the 2010 Cheltenham Festival, the score is one-one in their two head-to-head meetings and today in the Haldon Gold Cup Champion Bumper winner Cue Card and Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Menorah again do battle.
Menorah got the better of their first meeting, by four and a half lengths, in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham in December 2010, while Cue Card finished 22 lengths in front of Menorah when he got closest of the pair to Racing Post Arkle winner Sprinter Sacre back in March.
The bookmakers make Cue Card an odds-on favourite and his rider Joe Tizzard said: "He has been back in since the end of July. He is in terrific form and the plan was always to run him about now. It was tempting to take him to the Paddy Power Gold Cup or Kempton [on Monday] but two miles round Exeter first time out should suit him down to the ground."
On the same card the Paul Nicholls-trained Hinterland makes his chasing debut against four rivals while Victor Dartnall has long been aiming Richard's Sundance at the 3m handicap chase.
At Punchestown Tony Martin's Dedigout makes his chasing debut over 2m4f, last season's Grade 1 Champion Novice Hurdle winner at the Punchestown Festival is 1-3 to make it a winning start.
There is also Flat action from Redcar, which passed an inspection this morning, Wolverhampton and Southwell, where La Estrella is 2-5 to win his 13th race at the course.
Going report for today's meetings
Exeter Chase: Good to Soft, Soft in places - Hurdle: Soft, Good to Soft in places