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RSA call for Assembly

Trainer Pat Fahy will consider sending stable star Morning Assembly straight for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival without another run.

The Grade One-winning novice hurdler won his first two starts over fences, claiming the notable scalp of Don Cossack in the Florida Pearl Novice Chase at Punchestown.

He was not disgraced when second behind Galway Plate hero Carlingford Lough in the Topaz Novice Chase at Leopardstown's Christmas Festival and Fahy feels his jumping technique can be improved upon between now and the big meeting in March.

Fahy said: "He's fine and has been having a bit of time out. He's just tipping away, having a relaxing time and enjoying himself.

"We couldn't have been happier with his run at Christmas. Carlingford Lough is a good horse and a very experienced horse.

"It was a horrible day and Ruby (Walsh) said to me afterwards it's hard to appreciate how intimidating it is for a young horse running into that wind.

"For our horse to put it up to Carlingford Lough in those conditions, I was very pleased with him.

"I think he'll probably go for the RSA Chase, assuming all goes well between now and then. Whether he has another run before that for more experience, I don't know.

"He's a careful jumper, but there's nothing wrong with that. We can teach him to be a bit faster at his fences at home, we don't need to go racing.

"It's not too difficult to teach them to be a bit quicker. It's more difficult if they are the other way."