Tuesday 6 December 2016

Morris targets more National glory

Michael Verney

Published 16/05/2016 | 02:30

Mouse Morris bids for more National glory on day two of the Killarney Festival. Photo: Getty
Mouse Morris bids for more National glory on day two of the Killarney Festival. Photo: Getty

Mouse Morris is enjoying a remarkable season having already claimed the Aintree Grand National, as well as the Irish equivalent, and he bids for more National glory on day two of the Killarney Festival.

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The Tipperary handler won the McSweeney Arms Hotel Killarney National (7.50)12 months ago with Ravished and makes a two-pronged attack on today's €40,000 feature.

Top-weight First Lieutenant must do things the hard way, however, with the 11-year-old giving a stone-and-a-half away to his nearest rival, but Rachael Blackmore's seven-pound claim makes his task a little easier.

The Gigginstown House Stud runner fell at the second in the Grand National last month and bids to plunder this big pot while the same connections will be hoping Horendus Hulabaloo bounces back to his impressive form at this time last year.

Enda Bolger's Ulster National winner Federici, second 12 month's ago, will relish the 3m 2f stamina test in the hands of Adrian Heskin, while course winner Ballyadam Approach attempts to improve on his Irish National third for Terence O'Brien and David Splaine.

The preceding Grade 3 Laurels Pub & Restaurant An Riocht Chase (7.20) may only have six runners but it's an intriguing affair with Gordon Elliott's The Game Changer looking difficult to oppose.

Bryan Cooper's mount has chased home the brilliant Douvan at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown and aims to add to his trio of Grade 3 wins but Henry de Bromhead's Viconte Du Noyer should give him something to think about.

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