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Friday 31 October 2014

Gowran Trial could be a perfect Fitz

REBEL FITZ could run in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran next month before a possible assault at the Stan James Champion Hurdle.

Last year's Galway Hurdle winner was defeated as the odds-on favourite in a Grade Two at Tipperary in October, but remains in contention for the Cheltenham Festival.

"He is in great form and has been swanning around the place," said trainer Michael Winters. "In a fortnight's time there's the race at Gowran Park and we are thinking of going there.

"We'll also probably give him an entry at the next stage (of the Champion Hurdle)."

Jim Culloty feels Lord Windermere's future lies over three miles after his pride and joy was a close second at Leopardstown on Saturday.

The seven-year-old stayed on well to get within a half-a-length of Texas Jack over two miles five furlongs in a Grade Two novice chase. The Mallow trainer is keen to step Lord Windermere up in trip.

"I want to step him up to three miles and had him in at Naas last week but took him out because of the ground," Culloty said. "With a horse like him we are dreaming of Cheltenham and I didn't want to leave my race at Naas.

"Saturday was an inadequate trip, it's as simple as that. He finished staying on and we're looking forward to the future with him. He'll go to the Cheltenham.

"It will probably be the RSA, but it's yet to be discussed with his owner.

"He's in everything at Cheltenham. We'll see what's going where."

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