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Mouse Morris took the training honours at Thurles where he saddled a double, headlined by the success of French Dynamite in the featured Horse & Jockey Rated Novice Hurdle. (stock photo)

Mouse Morris took the training honours at Thurles where he saddled a double, headlined by the success of French Dynamite in the featured Horse & Jockey Rated Novice Hurdle. (stock photo)

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Mouse Morris took the training honours at Thurles where he saddled a double, headlined by the success of French Dynamite in the featured Horse & Jockey Rated Novice Hurdle. (stock photo)

Mouse Morris took the training honours at Thurles where he saddled a double, headlined by the success of French Dynamite in the featured Horse & Jockey Rated Novice Hurdle.

The French-bred gelding was bought for £165,000 after winning a point-to-point last year and, after taking a maiden hurdle here in November, was thrown in at the deep end against Envoi Allen at Naas.

Yesterday's drop in class proved a lot more suitable and Robbie Power's mount (5/1) appeared to be just getting the better of The Bosses Oscar when the 11/10 favourite made a mistake at the last. There was two-and-a-half lengths between the pair at the line, with a gap of 21 lengths back to Anything Will Do in third.

Morris initiated his brace when Whatsnotoknow justified 5/4 favouritism under Rachael Blackmore in the two-mile maiden hurdle. The five-year-old was prominent throughout and after leading into the straight, took control from before the last to beat The Broghie Man by three lengths.

The staying maiden hurdle also went to the market leader as the Joseph O'Brien-trained Sempo made all in the hands of JJ Slevin.

Sixth behind Envoi Allen in last year's Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, the 8/11 favourite galloped all the way to the line after a mixed round of jumping to prevail by over six lengths from Minella Encore.

Meanwhile, the Nicky Henderson-trained Shishkin strengthened his position at the head of the market for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle with a stylish success in yesterday's Sidney Banks Memorial Novices' Hurdle at Huntingdon.

Having run out an impressive winner at Newbury last time out, the six-year-old - running in the colours of Al Boum Photo owner Joe Donnelly - followed up in taking fashion on his first attempt over an extended two miles, three furlongs.

Taking matters up over the second-last the 1/2 favourite powered clear before crossing the line 11 lengths clear of runner-up Shan Blue.

"That was perfect," said Henderson. "That is what you are trying to do and that is what those races are all about. You are always nervous as they were very respectable opposition, but he has got a lot of gears, hasn't he?

"I think Mr Donnelly might have a couple of rather good shots at the Supreme. He is a beautiful horse. That was exactly what you hoped for.

"We haven't learnt anything new, but these are the days you have got to get it over and done with.

"We always thought he was very good and we have confirmed that he is very good."

Irish Independent