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  • 16:50 Betfred Manifesto Novices' Chase 2m 4f

  • (Grade 1) £75,000 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £42,712 2nd £16,028 3rd £8,025 4th £3,998
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places at fences 13 and 14)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 6.20s
  • Off time: 16:50:34

Menorah delivers Manifesto

Top hurdler comes good over fences in Aintree Grade One

Last Updated: 12/04/12 6:09pm

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Menorah (centre) about to take the lead

Menorah (centre) about to take the lead

Menorah finally came good over fences when he won the Grade One Betfred Manifesto Novices Chase at Aintree.

Fifth in a Champion Hurdle, Phillip Hobbs' seven-year-old has not looked the finished article over larger obstacles this season, finishing a distant third in the Arkle last time.

But although Al Ferof was made favourite on Thursday, it was the 3/1 chance who delivered the goods under Richard Johnson.

Ruby Walsh set out to make all on the 6/5 favourite but was far from fluent on the second circuit as the eventual winner closed up after a blunder five out.

Fellow front-runner and stablemate Cristal Bonus refused to be shaken off but Menorah was well on top going over two out and Johnson quickly put the race to bed.

Cristal Bonus (7/1) plugged on well for second place at a distance of seven lengths, with five lengths back to the disappointing Al Ferof, while Pipite Rose travelled well into the race but failed to deliver in the straight.

"It's been a long haul this year with his jumping and everything else but aside from a couple down the back when he left his hind legs behind he has jumped very well today," said Hobbs.

"I don't think it was the extra trip - although I'm sure he got that all right - he's got plenty enough pace for two miles, I think it's just practice really.

"There's a two-and-a-half-mile novice chase at Ayr next Saturday or there's a two-mile novice chase at Punchestown he's entered in.

"He's very tough and he's in very good nick so running him quick wouldn't worry me but there's more money at Punchestown."

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