MOUSE MORRIS will consider the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown on February 9 for First Lieutenant following the gelding's fine effort in the Lexus Chase.
The nine-year-old was only beaten a length and a half by Bobs Worth in the Grade One over three miles at Leopardstown on Saturday which put behind him a disappointing run in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal in early November.
"The form is there and the form is rock solid. He (Bobs Worth) had beaten me twice before. He's got beaten by a Gold Cup horse, so there's nothing to be disappointed with," Morris said.
"I think I made a boo boo in Down Royal ... you learn from your mistakes. He'll get an entry in the Hennessy, but whether he runs there or wherever, I don't know.
"We'll have a meeting about whether he goes for the Gold Cup (at Cheltenham)."
Morris was also delighted with Rule The World's performance to finish second behind Zaidpour in the woodiesdiy.com Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown on Saturday.
"He just got caught out. They probably didn't go fast enough for him. He'll come on again for the run," said the County Tipperary trainer.
"I can take a positive out of it for both of them – second in two Grade Ones.
"Rule The World could maybe go for the Galmoy at Gowran (on January 23)."