First Lieutenant set for Cork assignment

FIRST LIEUTENANT, already as low as 8-1 for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March, will continue his education over fences at Cork on Sunday.

Mouse Morris’ six-year-old won at the Festival last season and made a faultless winning debut over the bigger obstacles at Tipperary recently.

Morris, who trained Gold Cup winner War of Attrition for owner Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud, is a big believer in getting as much experience as possible into his younger horses.

“He’ll run on Sunday if the ground is OK, as long as it’s safe,” said Morris.

“I was chuffed with him the first day, he couldn’t have started better really.

“What pleased me was that he got in a bit tight to the last but Davy (Russell) just gave him a squeeze and off he went. I’m going to try to get as much experience into him as I can before we have to go really fighting.

“I like to get as many runs into them as possible. He’ll have a fair few runs before Christmas and then it will look after itself.

“Once you get the experience into them you can do anything you want.

“I think he’s crying out for three miles over fences, he always looked a chaser.”

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