Monday 22 January 2018

Fitz powered up for Cork comeback

Rebel Fitz will run at Cork on Thursday
Rebel Fitz will run at Cork on Thursday

Rebel Fitz could book his ticket for the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse with a good run at Cork on Thursday.

The nine-year-old won five novice chases on the bounce over the summer and autumn, culminating in a Grade Three success at Tipperary in October.

He took his chance in a two-runner event at Cheltenham later that month but despite being sent off the hot favourite, he had to settle for second behind subsequent Festival fifth Third Intention, and trainer Michael Winters then gave Rebel Fitz, who has shown his best on good ground, a lengthy break over the winter and he reverts to smaller obstacles for his return in the Hurdle.

"He's in good order and we're looking forward to running him," said the County Cork handler.

"I would think, if all goes well, we will be looking at Fairyhouse and the Powers Gold Cup back over fences for him - then we'll see where we are with him.

"He didn't jump that bravely at Cheltenham and this looks to be a good chance to boost his confidence a bit. We gave him some time after Cheltenham and I had a bit of a quiet time with the horses around Christmas.

"He's in good form, though, and he has won on heavy before."

Rebel Fitz, the 2012 Galway Hurdle winner, will shoulder top weight in the two-and-a-half-mile heat which also features the Willie Mullins-trained pair of Tarla and Upsie.

Won In The Dark was a dual Grade One winner back in the 2007-8 season and he represents Denis Cullen, with Jennies Jewel and Joxer completing the line-up.

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