Menorah: has been backed for the Summer Cup
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By david carr and Tony McFadden 1:30PM 26 JUN 2016
POPULAR veteran Menorah may be giving the best part of two stone to the majority of his rivals in the Summer Cup but the 11-year-old has attracted support in the betting.
Menorah could be backed at 20-1 on Sunday morning but is now no better than 14-1 – and is as short as 11-1 in places – to win the £80,000 handicap, the highlight of Uttoxeter’s good-quality card.
Grade 1-winning chaser Menorah arrives on the back of a creditable second off a 1lb higher mark at Perth three weeks ago and trainer Philip Hobbs is hoping that his representative will give a good account, despite having to concede lumps of weight.
Hobbs said: “He has a big task under top weight but he seems in very good form.
“We’ve saved him for this and he should be suited by the good ground.”
Last year’s Summer Cup was won by Shuil Royale and the defending champion has also attracted market support as he bids to follow up.
Shuil Royale was 12-1 on Sunday morning but has been backed into a top price of 9-1 and is challenging for favouritism on the Betfair Exchange, where Pacha Du Polder, Katkeau and Al Co are also trading around the 9-1 mark.
Shuil Royale must defy a 9lb higher mark this year but trainer Harry Fry is happy with the weight his charge must carry.
Fry said: “He won nicely last time and is in good form at home. He’s a few pounds higher than last year but Menorah’s presence means he sneaks in on 10st 1lb.”
The Summer Cup is scheduled to be run at 3.3opm at Uttoxeter on Sunday afternoon.