War could go for Gold-en swansong

MOUSE Morris is favouring a tilt at next Wednesday’s Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup for War Of Attrition as his stable star prepares for his final racecourse appearance.

The 2006 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner also holds an entry in the Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle on Thursday week, but Morris feels the chase, which War Of Attrition also won in 2006, could prove the easier option.

“War Of Attrition is in nice fettle at the moment and he came out his run at Cheltenham without a bother,” said Morris.

“We haven’t decided which race to go for with him at the moment and I will discuss it with Michael (O’Leary, owner) sometime this week.

“A lot will depend on the ground. We would want it softer for the hurdle option because it would slow down some of the others

“He got found out a bit with his speed going round Cheltenham last time.

“The Guinness Gold Cup might be the easier race for him because the Ladbrokes.com World Series looks like it could be very competitive.

“Denman might frighten off a lot of the opposition and he might be able to sneak round – we have to be realistic with him.

“He’s been a great servant to the yard and no one can take away his wins in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Guinness Gold Cup.”

Reve De Sivola, runner-up to the brilliant Peddlers Cross at Cheltenham, is set to bid for rich compensation at Punchestown next week.

The Challow Hurdle winner went down by only a length and a half in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle to Donald McCain’s star, who went on to supplements his gains at Aintree on Saturday.

Reve De Sivola will now go for the Grade One Cathal Ryan Memorial Novices’ Hurdle on Friday week.

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