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Geraghty hails Cheltenham-bound Rebel Fitz

Press Association

Published 07/10/2013 | 05:00

Rebel Fitz, under Barry Geraghty, on the way to winning the Guinness Novice Steeplechase
Rebel Fitz, under Barry Geraghty, on the way to winning the Guinness Novice Steeplechase

CHELTENHAM beckons for Rebel Fitz after he recorded his fifth consecutive victory in the Like A Butterfly Novice Chase at Tipperary.

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A classy performer over hurdles, Rebel Fitz has made a seamless switch to the larger obstacles and was firmly in control as Barry Geraghty pushed him to the front two fences from home.

A couple of swift jumps saw him well clear after the last and although Owega Star tried his best to reel in the winner, Geraghty was always cruising and scored a facile success aboard Michael Winters' charge.

"Barry was delighted with him and he said he won easy enough. He said he switched off today," Winters explained. "He's one of the top horses over fences. There's great opportunities and great prize money so we'll tip away.

"He'll go to Cheltenham on Friday week for a two-and-a-half-mile novice chase. Last year we threw him out for three months in the winter; we won't do that this year, but he won't be running on the bad ground."

Geraghty added: "His jumping is as good as you get and it's real poetry. He finds it so easy long or short and he's really natural. The big thing was to get him switched off. I'd say two and a half miles is perfect.

"Some horses are just natural to chasing and he is one of them. Time will tell how far he climbs, but he's as good a novice as you would get. He's Grade One material."

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