At Cheltenham on Saturday the Irish bred Menorah (IRE) boosted his claim as the best hurdler in Britain with an impressive display in the Grade 2 International Hurdle. Trained by Philip Hobbs for Grahame & Diana Whateley, Menorah tracked the exciting and strong travelling Cue Card between the final two flights and surged clear in a matter of strides to put the race to bed. He powered up the hill putting himself to the fore of the betting for the 2011 Champion Hurdle. Menorah was bought for €48,000 as a foal in Tattersalls Ireland by Eugene McDermott of Kennycourt Stud. Put into training initially with Tom Mullins he made an impressive winning debut in a bumper in Naas in August 2009 before being sold to current connections. He has since proved himself top class winning the Grade 1 Supreme Novice Hurdle at last seasons Cheltenham Festival. Menorah was bred by Elizabeth Grant & Anna Brislaine and is by Kings Theatre out of Maid For Adventure and comes from a good national hunt family. The race provided a 1-2 for Kings Theatre and the result consolidates his current position as leading NH sire in Ireland and UK. The Ballylinch Stud stallion has an amazing 32% winners to runners strike rate and he appears to be in a great position of denying Presenting a third leading sires title in a row.