Fitz could miss Festival date
Last Updated: 23/06/14 12:02pm
Rebel Fitz: Could miss Galway
Dual Galway Festival winner Rebel Fitz is likely to miss this year's meeting after suffering a minor setback.
The Mick Winters-trained nine-year-old was a popular winner of the Galway Hurdle in 2012 and completed a hat-trick over fences at Ballybrit last summer.
He was last seen clinching Grade One glory in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse in April and connections had been eyeing a tilt at the Galway Plate, but Winters revealed that plan is likely to be shelved.
He said: "He came out of Fairyhouse in great form, but later on we found he had a small injury between his joint and his hoof, a bit like a sprained ankle.
"He's had to have a couple of months off and we sent him away. He's been on the treadmill and we'll go down and see him.
"We might start riding him on the roads in a fortnight and see how we go, but we'll just have to tread carefully.
"We'll get him scanned and see how we go, but I don't think he'll be going to Galway.
"We won't take any chances with him."