Champagne Fever set for Dr. P.J.Moriarty Novice Chase
Champagne Fever's Cheltenham Festival target may become clearer after next month's Dr. P.J.Moriarty Novice Chase.
Last Updated: 25/01/14 10:43am
The Champion Bumper and Supreme Novices' Hurdle hero made a pleasing start to his fencing career when scoring at Punchestown in November and was a hot favourite to claim the Grade One Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown last month.
He was still travelling powerfully until making a jarring mistake two fences from the finish and eventually weakened into third behind Defy Logic and Trifolium.
The seven-year-old grey held entries at Leopardstown this weekend, including in Sunday's Irish Arkle, but he is interestingly due to step back up in distance next month.
Mullins said: "He'll go for the Moriarty, all being well."
Champagne Fever remains towards the head of the market for both the Arkle Trophy over two miles and the two-and-a-half-mile JLT Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.