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Fever looks hot for switch

LEADING bumper horse Champagne Fever could embark on a novice chasing campaign this season instead of taking the regular route of running over hurdles.

The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old suffered just one defeat in four starts in National Hunt Flat events, plundering the major championship bumpers at both the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals in the spring.

Mullins was leaning towards sending his charge over the smaller obstacles this term, but after owner Rich Ricci's Sous Le Cieux suffered a fatal schooling accident earlier this month, plans are set to change.

“We're still turning it over in our minds. He’s no problem jumping fences,” said Mullins.

Mossley lands maiden victory for Hennessy

Ex-Nicky Henderson inmate Mossley came good on his second start for Robbie Hennessy as he landed the Premier County Hurdle at Thurles.

Racing in the colours of Hennessy’s father Bill, which were made famous by Champion Hurdle winner Sublimity, the six-year-old proved he could be a good buy.

Having travelled smoothly throughout for Barry Geraghty, he needed to be kept up to his work to beat the outsider Marlay Park by three-quarters of a length.