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