Big Plans For Son Of Milan After Chase Success
Mount Pelier (6g Milan - Fu’s Legend, by Pistolet Bleu) seems to have found his calling over fences, judging by his ultra-impressive victory at Galway on Saturday.
Now trained by Keith Clarke, the bay was last seen winning over hurdles in March and dropped back in trip for his chase debut in the Rated Novice Chase over two miles and two furlongs. Davy Russell rode him to chase the leaders and improved to lead at the fifth fence. Jumping well throughout, he went clear on the turn for home and stayed on strongly on the run-in to win by 13 lengths.
Speaking after the race, winning owner Barry Connell said, “He's class and loves jumping. He was getting all the allowances there so you wouldn't be getting carried away but, at the same time, he deserves an entry in all of those graded races. He'll get and entry in the Craddockstown and the Florida Pearl and if he's not good enough we can always come back in grade.”
Bought by Gerry Hogan for €120,000, Mount Pelier was bred by Ms P Duggan and is a grandson of the useful Fu’s Lady, a ten-time winner over fences.