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  • 15:20 Hurdle2m 4f

  • €20,000 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner €13,000 2nd €3,799 3rd €1,799 4th €600
  • Going: Soft to Heavy, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 5m 30.80s
  • Off time: 15:21:26

Mick Winters is confident stable star Rebel Fitz can make a winning return to action at Cork

Last Updated: 20/03/13 4:38pm

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Willie Mullins: Runs Tarla against Rebel Fitz

Willie Mullins: Runs Tarla against Rebel Fitz

Trainer Mick Winters is confident stable star Rebel Fitz can make a winning return to action in the Hurdle at Cork on Thursday.

A winner of four successive races last summer, including a memorable triumph in the Galway Hurdle, the eight-year-old has not been seen in competitive action since disappointing behind Captain Cee Bee at Tipperary in early October.

While the County Cork handler admits running his charge over two and a half miles in testing conditions on his first start in over five months is far from ideal, Winters is hopeful his class will see him through against six opponents.

Winters said: "He's all ready to go and hopefully the ground won't be too bad. A bit more rain might just loosen it up a bit. It's his first run back and he seems in good form, so it will be interesting to see how he gets on over two and a half (miles).

"I'd probably prefer to be running over two miles, but you've got to take what comes and we'd be hoping he'll win. We'll get this race out of the way and then have a think about Punchestown and things like that."

Davy Russell has ridden Rebel Fitz on his last four runs and keeps the partnership intact, despite suffering a punctured lung at the Cheltenham Festival.

Russell said: "Two and a half miles on soft ground is a bit of a worry, but he is a high-class horse and has a fair bit in hand on the ratings in this race, so hopefully he'll be all right."

Trainer Sabrina Harty hopes a sound display from Won In The Dark will set him up for a tilt at the Grade One Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree's Grand National meeting.

Harty said: "Unfortunately he needs three miles on good ground, and we haven't been able to find that for him all season. He could do with a change of luck and the plan is to go back to Aintree next month for the big three-mile hurdle race there - he was going well in it last year until he was brought down.

"We're using Cork as a prep race as much as anything, as the trip and ground aren't ideal, but he is in fantastic order at the moment. We're hoping he'll get his conditions come Aintree."

Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins saddles talented mare Tarla, who returns to hurdling after consecutive falls over fences. The field is completed by Kilcrea, Mr Cracker, Rathlin and Oilily.

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