Monday 20 November 2017

Acclaimed can finish on a high

Tom Peacock

John Morrison's astute purchase Much Acclaimed will sign off for the season in today's Hacketts Bookmakers Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh.

The veteran Co Waterford trainer believes his small-scale approach has helped settle the highly-strung gelding, which has won his last three starts.

Bought for just £800 last November, Much Acclaimed took a handicap at the Galway Festival, another similar prize at the Curragh and then collected the Lartigue Hurdle at Listowel on only his second start over timber.

"He has improved quite a bit this year and he seems in good form, but at the same time this is going to be his last run of the year as we don't want to go to the well too often. We'll be hopeful anyway.

"I think it has suits him not being in a big stable," said Morrison. "He does like things his own way and he can be very uptight. If you shut his stable door he gets very upset and you'd worry he'd hurt himself, but as long as it's open he's happy.

"He will have a break until the spring after Sunday and he could go hurdling. The way he jumps his hurdles, I would say he'll be better when he goes over fences."

Tom Mullins looks to rejuvenate another hurdler, Fosters Cross, with a return to the Flat. Although he is better known as a winner at Graded level over hurdles and fences, Mullins has booked ace apprentice Joseph O'Brien to ride.

"He was pulled up in the Kerry National as it was a bit far for him and I suppose he just didn't act at Tipperary over hurdles the last day, but all seems very well with him."

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