Williams may run Wishes at Fairyhouse
The prolific William’s Wishes is on course to try to extend his winning run in Sunday week’s €75,000 Dan Moore Memorial Chase at Fairyhouse.
William’s Wishes stretched his run over fences to six at Sandown last weekend, after which the Tingle Creek at Ascot, and a clash with Sprinter Sacre on Saturday week, was mooted as a possible next option.
However, Welsh trainer Evan Williams appears to prefer a trip to Ireland a day later for his progressive star.
“I’m looking at the Dan Moore at Fairyhouse next. On last Saturday’s evidence he’s still some way short of top class,” he said. “I couldn’t pretend to know where I am with him because he shows so little at home.”
William’s Wishes is among the 27 entries left in the Dan Moore which has been moved from its traditional Easter date at the Ratoath track in a switch with the Normans Grove Chase.
The cross-channel hope could be joined by Nicky Henderson’s Tanks For That who would be set to carry top weight of 11-10 following on from his runner-up position in the Grand Annual Chase in Cheltenham last March.
The home team will be headed by last week’s Thurles Grade Three winner Call The Police, from the all-conquering stable of Willie Mullins. He is one of six entries for Mullins who also has the 2011 Galway Plate winner Blazing Tempo among his team.
The 2011 Ladbrokes Irish Grand National winner Organisedconfusion will be reverting to the shorter trip in a bid to return to winning ways.
The Slaney Hurdle winner Rule The World is not certain to head to Cheltenham in March despite his impressive Grade Two success at the weekend.
Rule The World is prominent in betting for both the Neptune and the Albert Bartlett but trainer Mouse Morris is in no rush to confirm his participation in either race.
“It was a very good performance on the day. I know there were excuses for Willie’s horse, but we still beat Dessie Hughes’ horse 16 lengths and he’d shown some good form,” Morris said yesterday.
“We haven’t made any definite plans. I’ll talk to the owners and we’ll see where we are in a couple of weeks. I wouldn’t say at this stage he’ll definitely go to Cheltenham, but if he does he’ll be going straight there.
“Two and a half miles might be as far as he’d want to go round Cheltenham at the moment. He is still quite an immature horse and if we decide not to go to Cheltenham, there is always Fairyhouse and Punchestown at home,” he added.