Assembly lined up for big Topaz run
Pat Fahy believes Morning Assembly rates the one to beat in the Topaz Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday.
A Grade One-winning novice hurdler at the Punchestown Festival in the spring, the six-year-old secured his second victory from as many starts over fences when getting the better of Don Cossack in a Punchestown thriller last month.
Don Cossack gave the form a boost by winning the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse on his next start and with Ruby Walsh available to keep the ride on Morning Assembly, Fahy feels everything is in his stable star's favour this weekend.
"Everything is looking good. He's been fine since his last run, we've had no setbacks and we've got Ruby on our side again," said Fahy.
"We're looking forward to going back over three miles with him and he seems to handle all sorts of ground.
"I didn't think he'd have the toe on better ground, but he showed he did in Punchestown the last day.
"He's a Grade One winner over hurdles and if he could go and do the same over fences, that would be great.
"Looking at his form with Don Cossack, you'd say he's probably the one to beat, but the fences are there to be jumped and he is still a baby as far as chasing goes.
"As long as he and Ruby both come back safe, we'll have a good day."
Dessie Hughes is confident of a bold show from Bright New Dawn, a narrow winner on his chasing debut at Punchestown earlier this month.
Hughes said: "I'm looking forward to running him. He's in good shape and it will be a good test, but he's a good stayer and hopefully he'll run a big race."
Galway Plate hero Carlingford Lough and Henry de Bromhead's Sizing Rio also feature in a seven-strong field.