MENORAH should prove a high-class recruit to the chasing ranks if able to match his exploits over timber. Winner of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle in 2010, he was fifth in last season's Champion Hurdle and certainly has the size and scope to jump fences. Sam Winner seems the most likely to take advantage if the selection doesn't come up to scratch as he receives a four-year-old's allowance and was no slouch over the smaller obstacles, finishing fourth in the Triumph Hurdle in March. Shammick Boy is another nice prospect but could find his two rivals today a little too classy over this trip on his reappearance.
Menorah (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, led 4 out, ridden and challenged entering straight, headed before last, no extra, 4th of 6, 15l behind Hurricane Fly (11-12) at Punchestown 2m hdl G1 (1) gd in May.
Shammick Boy (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Prominent, ridden after 3 out, weakening when mistake 2 out, 7th of 9, 36l behind Martin Scruff (11-4) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Sam Winner (FR) 7-2 (10-11) Led until just after 3 out, 5th and beaten when mistake last, weakened flat, 6th of 9, 26l behind Spirit Son (11-4) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Apr.