Drinmore dilemma for Peace keeper Cooper


Alpha Des Obeaux is among Cooper’s Drinmore options

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris (racingpost.com/photos)  

 By David Jennings 8:00AM 30 NOV 2016 

GIGGINSTOWN’S number one Bryan Cooper bounced back from his Fighting Fifth tumble on Petit Mouchoir last Saturday to land the Troytown Chase at Navan 24 hours later – and it could be another big weekend for him at Fairyhouse with leading Supreme fancy Peace News set to tackle the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle and the jockey facing the choice of up to six mounts in the Drinmore.

The five-day forfeits for Sunday’s three Grade 1 races were revealed on Tuesday and featured a host of stars, including the mighty Faugheen, who remains on course for the Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle.

Cooper will have his work cut out deciding on his Drinmore ride. Gigginstown are responsible for six of the nine possibles and among the half-dozen is RSA favourite Alpha Des Obeaux and leading JLT fancy A Toi Phil.

“I’ve not got a clue who I’ll ride in the Drinmore yet but there are some really good novices in there. It will be a few days before I make up my mind,” Cooper said.

Mouse Morris is keen for Alpha Des Obeaux to take his chance, despite his worries about the trip.

The trainer said: “Hopefully, if he’s sound, he’ll run at Fairyhouse. It’s two and a half miles but he wants three. He’s been adequate over fences so far but the form’s working out okay. I was surprised to see him made favourite for the RSA after Cork but they’re probably sticking it on his Cheltenham run [in the World Hurdle].”

‘The way he quickened impressed me’

Peace News certainly looked the part when winning a hot maiden hurdle at Cork this month and was cut to 9-1 second favourite for the Supreme by Paddy Power afterwards.

“Peace News looked very, very good at Cork,” said Cooper. “I’ve spoken to Henry [De Bromhead] and it looks as though he’s going to go down the Royal Bond route.

“I thought that was one of the best maiden hurdles of the season so far at Cork and the way he quickened up really impressed me.

“Gordon’s horse [runner-up Chirico Vallis] is held in high regard as was Willie’s [Timi Roll], so for him to win that in the manner he did was very good to see.”

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