Menorah: one of nine entries for the Denman Chase at NewburyPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Hobbs ponders Denman Chase for Menorah
PHILIP HOBBS could put the finishing touches to Menorah's Ryanair Chase preparation in the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury on Saturday.
Winner of the 2010 Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, Menorah is one of nine entries for the Grade 2 Denman Chase alongside the likes of Silviniaco Conti, The Giant Bolster and Mail De Bievre.
The eight-year-old, owned by Grahame and Diana Whateley, chased home Ryanair favourite Cue Card on his seasonal comeback at Exeter before stepping up to defeat Hunt Ball in the rearranged Peterborough Chase at Kempton on December 27.
A 10-1 chance for the Ryanair Chase, Menorah may miss Newbury and instead for the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton later this month or even head straight to the festival according to his trainer.
Philip Hobbs: undecided on targetsPICTURE: Martin Lynch
Hobbs said: "I don't know if Menorah will run on Saturday
without seeing the ratings or knowing what the ground is likely to be. I would say it is 50-50 at this stage.
"He is also entered in the Racing Plus Chase over three miles at Kempton later this month, but his target is the Ryanair Chase - that's his only entry at the Festival - and he wouldn't necessarily need a run beforehand."
While Menorah may or may not line up at Newbury on Saturday, My Tent Or Yours is very much on course to run in the Betfair Hurdle with more money coming in for the favourite on Tuesday.
Trained by Nicky Henderson for JP McManus, My Tent Or Yours was cut to 7-2 favourite (from 4) for the 2m½ handicap hurdle. He has been as big as 12-1 when betting opened for the race early last month.
The going at Newbury dried to soft on Tuesday from soft, heavy in places. The forecast remains mostly dry up to the weekend.