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."