Colonel Mustard could be a hot prospect for the  Morebattle Hurdle

Colonel Mustard could be a hot prospect for the Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso on Saturday, as trainer Lorna Fowler eyes a bonus win after missing out at last month’s Betfair Hurdle due to prevailing fast ground

  •  Colonel Mustard is set to race in the Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso on Saturday
  • He will be up against the lightly-raced juvenile Mctigue, who won in 2021
  • The Lorna Fowler-trained Mustard comes in fresh and nicely handicapped

Kelso and bookmakers bet365 combine to host a superb card with excellent prize money on Saturday afternoon — and the riches on offer have not escaped the notice of Irish trainers.

Those from across the Irish Sea dominate the betting for the £100,000 Morebattle Hurdle, with the layers keen to keep Mctigue onside.

The lightly-raced juvenile represents connections who bagged this race two years ago with The Shunter and he then proceeded to score at the Cheltenham Festival.

Those two victories netted the owner/trainer combination a handsome bonus and trainer Emmet Mullins again looks to have targeted the £100,000 bounty to any horse that completes the double.

Mctigue, victorious at Sedgefield last September, went on to win at Auteuil the following month in a Grade Two event which has worked out handsomely and he has three options at Cheltenham should he triumph today.

Colonel Mustard (left) could be a hot prospect at Saturday’s Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso

Trainer Lorna Fowler called the bonus a ‘great carrot’ after Colonel Mustard missed out at last month’s Betfair Hurdle

His two subsequent performances have not been anything to shout about but they have ensured he is assessed and qualified for handicaps and his handler has already proved he is a master at readying a horse for a specific target.

In contrast, Colonel Mustard (Kelso, 1.50) has taken a different path to Saturday’s feature. He competed in two novice chases this season, the second of which saw him follow home Arkle Chase favourite El Fabiolo at Fairyhouse before Christmas.

Admittedly, the selection was beaten a comfortable distance that day, but he remains a decent prospect over hurdles and possesses a standout piece of form courtesy of his fine run in last year’s County Hurdle when third as a novice to the much-vaunted State Man.


Constitution Hill – 4/11

State Man – 11/4

Vauban – 8/1

Honeysuckle – 14/1

Epatante – 14/1

I Like To Move It – 14/1

All odds courtesy of Paddy Power, the full list for this race can be found HERE

But for the foreboding presence of Constitution Hill, his conqueror would be a red-hot favourite for the Champion Hurdle in 10 days’ time. Colonel Mustard had any number of talented hurdlers behind him that day including Greatwood Hurdle hero West Cork, Imperial Cup winner Surprise Package and Cormier, who himself landed the Morebattle 12 months ago.

A planned trip to last month’s Betfair Hurdle was shelved because of the prevailing fast ground, but the silver lining to that cloud is trainer Lorna Fowler has a fresh horse that remains nicely handicapped.

Fowler said: ‘We thought we could go straight for the County Hurdle, but with the bonus on offer, it made sense to have a go. It is a great carrot. It is a very hard carrot to get your hands on, but it has to be worth a go. The plan is to go to the County afterwards if all is well.’

The likeable son of Makfi also locked horns with Sir Gerhard and Jonbon in his novice campaign and looks capable of troubling his strongly-fancied Irish counterpart before heading to Cheltenham.

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