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Fruity has Festival assignment

Last Updated: 29/01/13 12:02pm

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Fruity O'Rooney: Heading back to Cheltenham

Fruity O'Rooney: Heading back to Cheltenham

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Fruity O'Rooney will head back to Cheltenham for the Festival meeting as he bids to improve on last year's second in the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase.

Gary Moore's chaser ran another fine race at the weekend, chasing home possible Gold Cup contender Katenko in the Murphy Group Chase.

It proved to Moore, however, that three miles is his trip and a return to better ground will be in his favour come March.

"He's been so consistent," said Moore.

"I'm glad I ran him over the shorter trip as I was adamant that he had the pace for it, but even in that ground he was blatantly outpaced.

"He'll go back for the same race he ran in last year.

"The handicapper has left him alone so he'll be 1lb lower than when second last year so you'd imagine he'll have a good chance."

Fruity O'Rooney is a general 16/1 chance to go one better than last year.

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