Cork: Alpha Des Obeaux cut for RSA after sure success
Alpha Des Obeaux and David Mullins jump the last
PICTURE: David Keane Alpha Des Obeaux cut for RSA after sure success By TOM COLLINS 2:47PM 6 NOV 2016
Report: Cork, Sunday
Paddy Power Track My Bet European Breeders Fund Novice Chase (Grade 3) 2m4f, 5yo+
RSA Chase favourite Alpha Des Obeaux registered the most impressive performance of his short chasing career, making all under David Mullins for an authoritative Grade 3 victory.
The Mouse Morris-trained six-year-old was cut for the staying novice showpiece at the festival, with his price ranging from 11-2 to 7-1, after his surefooted display helped him to a three and a quarter-length success from the seven-timer seeking Westerner Lady.
Recording his third victory in the Gigginstown silks in as many races at Cork, David Mullins capitilised on a shuddering mistake from Westerner Lady early on and never looked in danger after.
The 9-10 favourite was strong in the market before the off and despite getting in close to a fence down the back straight, he jumped with precision throughout that bodes well for another Cheltenham tilt.
"He had to do it the hard way, but look, it was successful," said Morris. "Hopefully he will be ok in the morning and we can continue to look forward with him.
"He jumped super and I was pleased. He will be in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse and the Florida Pearl Novice Chase at Punchestown, but obviously I will have have to have a chat with Michael and Eddie [O'Leary]."
"You'd have to be impressed because he was left in front early, the ground was good and he got the job done. I'm happy with what he did taking everything into consideration."
Outsider of the trio, Thanks For Tea briefly threatened to get in contention entering the home straight but a wayward jump cost him valuable momentum and he eventually finished last.
Blood Crazed Tiger was the first leg of the David Mullins/Gigginstown treble
PICTURE: David Keane
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THE headed long-time leader Blood Crazed Tiger proved he is all stamina and guts as he got back up to deny Screaming Rose and register his fourth consecutive success of the season from as many starts.
David Mullins sent the Gordon Elliott-trained five-year-old on and he raced alone, clear of the field, for most of the three miles. However, by the home turn the field had packed up behind and Ruby Walsh passed Mullins, throwing down the gauntlet to the 6-4 favourite on his main market rival.
Neither jumped either of the last two flights brilliantly but Blood Crazed Tiger got away from both the quicker and ground his way back to the front, eventually pulling away to win by a length and a quarter from the 7-4 second favourite. There was 22 lengths back to 16-1 shot Garri Rua in third.
"He's a lovely horse and he jumps great," said Blood Crazed Tiger's partner David Mullins. "He can be a bit keen but he really is a s tough as nails.
"When Ruby [Walsh aboard Screaming Rose] came upsides me, I felt him taking a breather and he picked up again for me going down to the second last. He is very tough and is probably going to be a better chaser.
"I went a good gallop the whole way and he was a bit hard on himself so there was no point trying to go with Ruby when he challenged me. He's very tough."
Olly Murphy, assistant to trainer Gordon Elliott, added: "He is built to jump fences and we thought whatever he did this season would be a bonus, so we are very happy with that."
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