Alpha Des Obeaux to lead select team of two for Mouse Morris

Leading Ryanair World Hurdle hope Alpha Des Obeaux is set to be one of just two runners at this year’s Cheltenham Festival for trainer Mouse Morris.
Alpha Des Obeaux to lead select team of two for Mouse Morris

The County Tipperary maestro is no stranger to success at Prestbury Park, striking Festival gold with the likes of Gold Cup hero War Of Attrition and Neptune victor First Lieutenant in the last decade.

Morris is thin on the ground in terms of numbers heading to this year’s meeting, but expects recent Galmoy Hurdle winner Alpha Des Obeaux to go well, while 2013 Arkle runner-up Baily Green is set to line up in either the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate or the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual.

Morris said: “It looks like we’ll just have the two runners. Alpha Des Obeaux will go for the World Hurdle and Baily Green will probably run in one of the handicaps.

“Alpha Des Obeaux is in good form. It’s so far, so good.

“I don’t think better ground will bother him.”

Meanwhile, New To This Town will take his chance in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper after being snapped up by leading owners Alan and Ann Potts.

The Jessica Harrington-trained five-year-old made a successful debut at Thurles in December before claiming the notable scalp of fellow Champion Bumper candidate Avenir D’Une Vie at Gowran a month later.

New To This Town will carry the colours made famous by Sizing Europe at the Cheltenham Festival, with the owners’ retained rider Jonathan Burke expected to take over in the saddle from the trainer’s daughter, Kate Harrington.

Harrington said: “We’ve been happy with him since his last run and the form has worked out well.

“All being well, he’ll be heading to Cheltenham and being by Milan, you would like to think he’ll be suited by better ground.

“We’re presuming Johnny (Burke) will ride him.”

New To This Town will be one of five runners at Prestbury Park for the stable.

“Rock On The Moor and Keppols Queen will both run in the mares’ race, Rock The World is going over and so is Oscar Sam,” said the trainer.

“We have the five of them all together and hopefully they’ll go there with each-way chances.”

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