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Watching brief

With doubts surrounding Kauto Star's Cheltenham Gold Cup participation, the chance of Grands Crus tackling the feature event rather than the RSA Chase has increased.

As a result, 11/2 about First Lieutenant for the novices' Grade One is especially big.

The 2011 Neptune winner has yet to peak this term, but his second to Last Instalment when he was stepped up to three miles for a first time at Leopardstown over Christmas suggested that he is definitely going the right way.

Mouse Morris has always had the RSA as his chief target, so the Presenting gelding is expected to take plenty of stopping on his return to Prestbury Park -- Grands Crus or no Grands Crus.

Irish Independent