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Menorah - Kempton 27.12.12

Menorah finished three and a half lengths clear of Hunt Ball

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Menorah back to form in Peterborough Chase blitz

Report: Kempton, Thursday

William Hill Levy Board Peterborough Chase (Grade 2) 2m4½f, 4yo+

MENORAH, held up in last early, came through the field with a powerful move as the field approached the home turn, putting the race to bed on the final bend.

The Philip Hobbs-trained seven-year-old pulled well clear under Richard Johnson before being eased down for a three-and-a-half length victory from Hunt Ball.

It was an emphatic return to form for Menorah. Beaten 34 lengths by Cue Card in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter last month, he was sent off at 7-2 for the five-runner contest.

Ruby Walsh and Ghizao made the early running, but the race did not hot up until Johnson injected a serious amount of pace into the race five out. It was a bold move and coming off the home bend the field had been decimated.

Outsider of the field Hunt Ball's stamina took him into second, passing Ghizao in the home straight, with favourite For Non Stop and French Opera struggling as soon as the pace increased.

Johnson said: "I don't think any horse wants that ground but he has done it well. He wasn't himself at Exeter but we don't know why - nothing came to light.

"Hopefully the spring won't be too far away as we always felt he was a good ground horse and there are lots of nice races to go for with him."

Boylesports went 8-1 (from 14) about Menorah for the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham in March.

 
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