Winters targets Quevega clash for Missunited

Missunited could be set for a winter break after running another fantastic race in defeat at the Curragh on Sunday, with trainer Mick Winters looking forward to a possible clash with Quevega at Cheltenham in March.

Winters targets Quevega clash for Missunited

The six-year-old clinched a memorable victory in the Galway Hurdle in early August and reverted to the Flat to beat Eye Of The Storm in a Listed Flat race at the same venue.

She had to make do with the runner-up spot behind the same opponent in Sunday’s Loughbrown Stakes and Winters is now leaning towards letting his star mare have a break.

Winters would love to see Missunited lining up in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, a race Quevega has won a remarkable five times in a row.

He said: “She’s a super mare and she’s come out of the race surprisingly well. The owners are thinking about a race in France over a mile and seven (furlongs) in a month’s time, but we’ll see.

“We were thinking before Sunday that would be her last run of the year and maybe we’d be better leaving her off now.

“She’ll race on again next year and if all goes well and she comes back well after a break, I’d like to run her in the mares’ hurdle in Cheltenham.

“She thrives on her action so she’d probably have a run somewhere first, then go to Cheltenham and then go back on the Flat after that.”

Meanwhile, Rebel Fitz is due to continue his education over fences in Sunday’s Like-A-Butterfly Novice Chase at Tipperary.

Mick Winters’ 2012 Galway Hurdle winner is set for a run on Sunday and then head to Cheltenham’s first meeting in October – ground permitting – before giving him a mid-winter break.

Rebel Fitz is one of 13 entries for the Grade Three that also include Toner D’Oudairies, Sizing Italy and Sizing Rio from Henry De Bromhead’s yard and Golden Wonder.

Old favourite Captain Cee Bee is set to defend his title in Sunday’s Friends Of Tipperary Hurdle.

Captain Cee Bee has eight possible rivals, with the highest-rated being the Willie Mullins-trained Midnight Game, who lost his way after a good start last season.

Foildubh and Fosters Cross appear to be the next best with False Economy, Miley Shah, Moon Dice, Redera and Grade Two winner Stocktons Wing also in the mix.

* Paddy Power will be continuing its major association with next month’s Open meeting at Cheltenham for another three years.

The bookmaker will continue to sponsor a race on the Friday, the paddypower.com Handicap Chase as well as Saturday’s Paddy Power Gold Cup.

The Murphy Group will sponsor the Grade Three handicap chase on the Saturday.

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