Mouse Morris confirms French Dynamite will snub rescheduled John Durkan to take on Savills Chase

Mouse Morris’ French Dynamite will reroute to the Savills Chase at Leopardstown rather than take his place in the rescheduled John Durkan Chase.

The seven-year-old was an entrant in the latter event, due to be run last Sunday at Punchestown but abandoned when the track froze and became impossible to race on. 

The contest will now go ahead on Monday, but Morris will be without a runner as French Dynamite is due to step up in trip later in the month instead.

A winner of two chases last term, including the Grade Three Pierce Molony Memorial Novice Chase, French Dynamite began this season with a hurdles victory before just missing out on the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month.

The John Durkan was the intended next step, but after the weather scuppered that plan Morris has decided to go to three miles a little earlier than intended.

"He'll go to the Savills Chase at Leopardstown now, we've decided not to send him to the John Durkan," he said.

"He's very well, but with the abandonment we've had to change plans and I have always thought he'd get further in time anyway.

"It's just the way it's worked out with the weather, we thought it would be a chance to give him a go over three miles again - we hope he'll go well."

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