MOUSE MORRIS is looking forward to getting Baily Green back on the track in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown on December 27.
The seven-year-old is set to renew rivalry with Sizing Europe, who beat him by a length and a quarter in the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran in October. After rattling off a seven-race winning streak last season, Baily Green gave Simonsig a fright in the Arkle at Cheltenham. Morris revealed the setback Baily Green suffered after the Gowran race has not hampered his preparation for his Christmas engagement.
"He does go for the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase and he's well over the bang on his foot – he's A1 now," said the Fethard handler. "In Gowran Park I couldn't have been happier with him and unfortunately we got the hiccup but that's racing and it's not held him up at all.
"He'd prefer a bit of give (in the ground) now that's he getting a bit older. Two or two-and-a-half (miles) is fine. I'd be hopeful of a big run."