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Hobbs keen to split pair

Philip Hobbs is to run the Diana Whateley-owned pair of Wishfull Thinking and Menorah in separate races at Cheltenham.

The former is likely to take on Sprinter Sacre in the Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase, leaving Menorah to take up sole engagement at the Festival in the Ryanair Chase.

"Realistically Wishfull Thinking will probably run in the Champion Chase because Menorah will run in the Ryanair. It's the same ownership," Hobbs told At The Races.

"If we could guarantee second now I'd be delighted to have second prize money because that's not going to be easy either, as you would expect in a Champion Chase. I'm sure there will be other horses in there we'd be worried about.

"For Menorah, at least the Ryanair is more open than the Champion Chase but it is obviously more competitive. Two and a half is probably the right trip for him because we thought he just about got the three miles at Newbury last time.

"If everything goes right on the day he'd definitely have a strong an each-way chance."