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Mouse gives Rule a squeak

Mouse Morris remains quietly confident about the chances of Rule The World in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next week.

Although his Willie Mullins-trained compatriot Pont Alexandre is all the rage for the two-mile-five-furlong contest, three-time winner Rule The World has rather crept under the radar, despite his most impressive win at Naas in early January.

"He's done nothing wrong and he'll definitely run in the Neptune," said the County Tipperary trainer.

"He's going over there in good fettle and we're looking forward to it. I'm not worried about the ground - I don't think it makes any difference to him."

Rule The World and Pont Alexandre are among 24 confirmations for the Neptune, with Mullins also responsible for Champagne Fever, Mozoltov and Un Atout - although that trio could all run elsewhere.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained The New One and Jonjo O'Neill's Challow scorer Taquin Du Seuil look the pick of the home team, with Puffin Billy and Chatterbox also interesting at double-figure odds.


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