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  • 14:40 Cheltenham Annual Members Novices' Chase2m 4f

  • £20,000 added 4yo+ 2 ran
  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 0.20s
  • Off time: 14:40:40

Rebel Fitz primed for Cheltenham debut

Last Updated: 17/10/13 2:21pm

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Rebel Fitz: The litmus test

Rebel Fitz: The litmus test

Mick Winters expects to find out whether Rebel Fitz is capable of mixing it at the highest level after he takes on two top-class rivals in Friday's Cheltenham Annual Members Novices' Chase as the home of National Hunt racing opens it's doors for the first time this season.

While only three go to post, Rebel Fitz is opposed by Jonjo O'Neill's Grade One-winning hurdler Taquin De Seuil and Colin Tizzard's Third Intention, who was narrowly beaten in the Scilly Isles Novices' Chase last term but as he failed to win over fences, is still a novice.

Rebel Fitz has been the undoubted star of the Irish summer jumping season, rattling off a five-timer and striking up a good partnership with Barry Geraghty in the process.

"We should have a good idea of whether he's Grade One material or not after this," said Winters.

"There might only be three runners but all look top-class. I wouldn't know how the ratings will work out in a race like this, though.

"It's his first time travelling which was a worry but he's settled in nicely. We just left him in an open field after his last run as he was so well.

"We won't be making excuses if he's beaten, the ground should be perfect as I was concerned earlier in the week it would be too fast but they've had a bit of rain.

"He's giving the others weight but he's very fit and I can't see any reason why he won't keep performing.

"It's an interesting race but his jumping has been so good I'm sure there'll be plenty of excitement tomorrow. After this he'll have a break."

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