Mouse Morris happy to run Aintree hero Rule The World at Punchestown
Mouse Morris admits he will not know how much winning the Crabbie's Grand National took out of Rule The World until he runs in the Growise Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown on Tuesday.
The fact a Grand National hero can even run in such a race is a bit of a quirk, but the nine-year-old had never won over fences before landing the biggest prize of them all just over two weeks ago.
"He seems fine, he's certainly none the worse anyway," said the Fethard handler.
"You obviously don't know how much it has taken out of them until you run them but he's not giving us a reason not to run, anyway.
"There were a few who ran in the National who ran well at Sandown on Saturday. Each horse is different.
"Realistically, he's probably not a Grade One horse any more but basically this is the last chance to find out. He's a novice until October but with his rating there isn't really another race he could run in.
"He went up 7lb for winning the National and that is fair enough - you don't mind going up when you win, it's when you don't win and you still go up it hurts.
"As for next year, we genuinely haven't given it a moment's thought, but he's certainly not handicapped out of Aintree and I'd hope there's room for manoeuvre."
Rule The World is one of three runners for Gigginstown House Stud, with Sandra Hughes responsible for Sub Lieutenant and Willie Mullins saddling Outlander, a faller at Cheltenham and then beaten by Kylemore Lough in the Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.
"He was going well at Cheltenham before falling and was a close second at Fairyhouse," said Mullins.
"Prior to that he was unbeaten in three runs this season and finished third to Nichols Canyon in a Grade One hurdle at Punchestown last year."
Noble Endeavor, trained by Gordon Elliott, has claims based on a solid effort in the four-miler at Cheltenham, when he l ooked like being involved in the finish but fell two from home.
He will be ridden by Barry Geraghty, who told At The Races: " He has a stone to find on ratings with Rule The World and almost the same with Outlander.
"He has to improve a little bit on what he's done so far, but he's a good horse and I'm hoping he can put on a good show."