Hobbs lines up dual Haldon raid
Philip Hobbs is planning a two-pronged assault on the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter with stable stars Menorah and Captain Chris.
Menorah enjoyed a fine novice campaign over fences, finishing third in the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham before taking Grade One honours at Aintree.
Captain Chris was disappointing for the majority of the last campaign, but showed more of his old sparkle when not beaten far into fourth in the Ryanair Chase at Prestbury Park.
Hobbs said: "We are looking at the Haldon Gold Cup (November 6) for Menorah and he is very likely to start his season off there. He is in good form and seems fine at the moment. It's a case of seeing how he gets on at Exeter before deciding what route he will go down this season.
"Captain Chris ran in the Haldon Gold Cup last year and he is likely to run as well. He ran a good race when fourth in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham and it was pleasing to see him return to a bit of form."
The Haldon Gold Cup will this year be sponsored by Sportingbet as part of the 'Road to Cheltenham' series.
Sportingbet also sponsor the Tingle Creek at Sandown and the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.