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Rebel set to rise for Winters at Ballinrobe

MICHAEL Winters has always looked forward to the prospect of sending Rebel Fitz over fences and tonight at Ballinrobe, the Galway Hurdle winner will bid to open his account at the second time of asking.

Despite being sent off an odds on favourite at Killarney earlier in the month, Rebel Fitz was surprisingly overturned by the Charles Byrnes-trained Arnaud on that occasion, and connections will be hoping Rebel Fitz can return to winning ways for the first time since last August.

The Willie Mullins-trained Are Ye Right Chief is probably the closest rival to the favourite. However, it would be a huge disappointment if Rebel Fitz doesn't come on sufficiently enough to oblige.

Indeed, Winters could make the three-hour trip from his Kanturk base very much worth his while if last Friday's Cork winner Samantha Jones can follow up with another quick-fire victory.

The mare isn't long in the care of Winters, having been trained by her owners to win a point-to-point, and she will be encountering the complete opposite in terms of ground conditions as the Mayo track is heavy compared to the good to firm that Cork was described as.

Barry Geragthy will ride both the Winters horses and despite the change of ground, the quality of race suggests she can put her head in front for a second time in less than a week.

In the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase, James Lambe has secured the services of champion conditional rider Mark Enright to partner his Twin Plan who goes in search of a four-timer for the Tyrone based trainer.

A winner over hurdles twice as well as over fences, the eight-year-old could still be a notch or two ahead of the handicapper despite her recent successes and should continue the winning sequence.


5.30 Sizing India; 6.00 Hunting Party; 6.30 Samantha Jones; 7.00 Rebel Fitz; 7.30 Muzak; 8.00 Twin Plan; 8.30 Emmy Lou.