Morris gives star green light to head straight to festival for RSA
Alpha Des Obeaux will head straight for the RSA Chase without a prep run, trainer Mouse Morris said on Tuesday.
Last year's World Hurdle runner-up was a bitter disappointment in the Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown last week, when he was pulled up before the third-last, but it later transpired he had burst blood vessels.
Most bookmakers reacted by pushing Alpha Des Obeaux out to 20-1 for the RSA, for which he had been favourite in some places before his Leopardstown setback, but Morris has not lost any faith in the seven-year-old.
"Alpha Des Obeaux never burst before and let's hope he never does again," Morris said.
"It's still plan A for him and that means the RSA Chase. I'd be almost certain he'll head straight there without a run beforehand. That's the plan in my head anyway.
"It was a big hiccup what happened at Leopardstown and I was disappointed, but I haven't lost faith in him and still think he's a very good horse. We'll try to get him back in the sort of form he was in heading to Cheltenham last year."
Following Alpha Des Obeaux's lacklustre Leopardstown effort, Bellshill hardened into 5-1 favourite with most firms for the RSA, with narrow Leopardstown winner Our Duke now second best at 10-1.