Alpha aims to set the Bar
Trainer Mouse Morris is looking forward to seeing how Alpha Des Obeaux fares in the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday.
Mouse Morris: Trains Alpha Des Obeaux
The six-year-old was a classy performer over the smaller obstacles, finishing second to Thistlecrack in the Ryanair World Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.
After making an inauspicious start to his chasing career when last of five at Tipperary two months ago, Alpha Des Obeaux has made amends with victories in both his subsequent starts.
"I've been happy since he won at Thurles, and Fairyhouse will be another step in his education," said Morris.
Alpha Des Obeaux is owned by Gigginstown House Stud, who will also have their colours carried by Noel Meade's Road To Respect and the Gordon Elliott-trained duo of A Toi Phil and Lieutenant Colonel.
Elliott has a third string to his bow in Diamond King. Last season's Coral Cup scorer, owned by Diana Whateley, made a successful fencing debut at Galway in October.
The County Meath handler believes his trio can all do themselves justice.
"They are all good horses, they are all in good form so we are looking forward to running them all," said Elliott.
"The ground won't bother any of them, a bit of good ground won't do them any harm."
Road To Respect takes the big step up to Grade One company after having had just the one run over fences when successful at Naas three weeks ago.
Meade realises the stiffness of the task, but reports the five-year-old to be ready for the challenge.
"I know it's a bit of a jump from a beginners, but that's just the way it is here. We have to take them on in those races," said the County Meath handler.
"We think two and a half miles suits him well. He's in good shape, it's a very good race, but he's in good form."
Owner JP McManus is responsible for the other two runners – Tony Martin's Anibale Fly and Coney Island, trained by Eddie Harty.
"Anibale Fly won nicely the last day on his first run over fences (at Navan)," said McManus' racing manager Frank Berry.
"He came out of the race good. This is a competitive race and we'll learn a lot more from it. We're hoping for a good run.
"Coney Island ran a good race first time out and just found one too good of Willie's (Mullins, Haymount).
"He's come out of it fine and it's a learning curve with him as well. Hopefully we can get a nice run into him in what looks a tough race."