Morris: Nambour faces stiff task

Trainer Mouse Morris feels Nambour will need to raise his game to make his presence felt in the Florida Pearl Novice Chase at Punchestown.

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A high-class hurdler for Willie Mullins last season, the six-year-old has since switched stables following the well-publicised split between the champion trainer and owners Gigginstown House Stud.

Nambour made a successful start to his career over fences at Galway last month, a feat matched by four of his five opponents.

Morris said: "I'm happy with him and hopefully he'll run well. There's only six runners, but it will take some winning.

"Hopefully our horse has improved since Galway, but I think he'll need to have done.

"I think it will depend on which horse has improved the most."

Gordon Elliott saddles three runners, with Down Royal winner A Toi Phil joined by Tipperary scorer Jetstream Jack and Roscommon victor Space Cadet.

Gigginstown have three representatives in all, with Nambour and A Toi Phil running in company with Disko, who won on his chasing bow at this venue.

Disko's trainer Noel Meade reported: "He's in good form and all is well.

"It's a good race – it might as well be a Grade One. It looks very strong. We're happy with our horse so we'll see what he can do."

The field is completed by John Ryan's outsider Georges Conn.

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