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First primed for Cork contest

First Lieutenant, already as low as 8-1 for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March, will continue his education over fences at Cork on Sunday.

Mouse Morris` six-year-old won at the Festival last season and made a faultless winning debut over the bigger obstacles at Tipperary recently.

Morris, who trained Gold Cup winner War of Attrition for owner Michael O`Leary`s Gigginstown House Stud, is a big believer in getting as much experience as possible into his younger horses.

"He'll run on Sunday if the ground is OK, as long as it`s safe," said Morris.

"I was chuffed with him the first day, he couldn`t have started better really.

"What pleased me was that he got in a bit tight to the last but Davy (Russell) just gave him a squeeze and off he went.

"I`m going to try to get as much experience into him as I can before we have to go really fighting.

"I like to get as many runs into them as possible. He'll have a fair few runs before Christmas and then it will look after itself.

"Once you get the experience into them you can do anything you want.

"I think he`s crying out for three miles over fences, he always looked a chaser."

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