Monday 23 January 2017

Alpha Des Obeaux gets back on track with Thurles chase win

Thomas Kelly

Published 21/10/2016 | 02:30

Trainer Mouse Morris. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Mouse Morris. Photo: Sportsfile

Alpha Des Obeaux opened his account over fences at the second attempt with an assured display in the beginners' chase at Thurles.

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An impressive winner of the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran in January, the Mouse Morris-trained six-year-old went on to chase home Thistlecrack in Cheltenham World Hurdle, the fourth time he has filled the runner-up spot at Grade One level.

He disappointed on his chasing debut at Tipperary a few weeks ago, finishing last of five, but was the 1/2 favourite to get back on track in this lesser contest and the market leader jumped fluently in the hands of David Mullins.

Round Tower did his best to make a race of it in the straight, but Gigginstown's runner produced a big leap at the final obstacle and was pushed out to score by a length and a half.

"That was satisfactory. He idled a bit in front but his jumping was perfect," Morris said. "I'm not sure where he'll go next, although I'd like to find a winners of one. He wants two-and-a-half miles plus."

There was early drama in the three-year-old hurdle as the errant Ashjan slammed on the brakes, hampering odds-on favourite Mega Fortune which hit the deck as a result.

This opened the door for the Joseph O'Brien-trained Zig Zag (7/2) to get the better of long-time leader Moorland by three-parts of a length under Jody McGarvey.

Irish Independent

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