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Cee Bee takes revenge on Rebel in Tipp

EDWARD HARTY'S veteran Captain Cee Bee sprang a minor surprise in the Friends Of Tipperary Hurdle.

SENT off at 9/1, the JP McManus-owned 11-year-old lowered the colours of the odds-on favourite Rebel Fitz.

Everything appeared to be going smoothly for the favourite with Davy Russell sat motionless two from home, tracking Captain Cee Bee.

But Michael Winters' Galway Hurdle winner weakened rapidly, allowing Captain Cee Bee and Mark Walsh to come home 11 lengths to the good.

The Willie Mullins pair of Thousand Stars and Blackstairmountain were both well beaten.

"I wasn't surprised. I'm biased, but the horse has never got the credit he deserves for how good he is," said Harty.

"He had a bit of bad luck in the Galway Hurdle. He missed the break, but we were beaten fair and square by Rebel Fitz there.

"We'll stick to hurdling for the moment, but plans are fluid. There's no point in experimenting with him at 11. I'll be lucky to have another one like him."

Winters confirmed Rebel Fitz will now have a break.

Dermot Weld's Yellow Rosebud gained her revenge on Jim Bolger's Lady Wingshot in the Coolmore Stud Home Of Champions Concorde Stakes.

Second to that rival twice previously, she was sent off the even-money favourite and the result never looked in doubt as Pat Smullen registered another winner.

Oliver McKiernan's Whatever Jacksays made every yard of the running in the Dolores Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle.

Sent off the 4/7 favourite, he showed no ill-effects from his poor run on the level last week and Robbie Colgan never had any concerns.

"We've no real plans, but we might step him up in trip. He's going well on the soft ground so the winter shouldn't bother him," said McKiernan.

Pride Of The Artic's winning run continued in the www.thetote.com Like A Butterfly Novice Chase.

Having won his previous three, Peter Fahey's charge proved tough to pass and made every yard of the running to reward punters at 4/1.

Prolific mare Missunited remains on course for the Hackett's Bookmakers Irish Cesarewitch on October 14 at the Curragh.

Also trained by Winters, Missunited has won seven of her 11 races under Rules mixing it between bumpers, on the Flat and over hurdles.

She won her last race on the Flat in heavy ground but it all comes alike to her and Winters, who handled the similarly prolific mare For Bill, and feels she is just as effective on a sound surface.

"She's in super form and we're looking forward to it," said Winters.


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