Rebel Fitz poised for winning flat debut

Rebel Fitz can make a winning debut on the flat in the Clonmel Hospice Support Group Maiden at the Tipperary track this evening.

The dual bumper winner has developed into a classy sort over flights and has the capacity to outclass some useful opposition.

Michael Winters’ charge scored on three occasions over hurdles, but his best efforts in that category have arguably come in defeat.

In a Grade 2 at Navan in late November, he failed by a length and a half to concede the smart Mount Benbulben 3lbs.

The seven-year-old was then afforded a much-needed break, before reappearing at the Punchestown festival 13 days ago.

Rebel Fitz contested a two and a half mile Grade 1 and emerged with credit, taking fourth behind Dedigout, Colour Squadron and Lyreen Legend.

The selection only tired from the back of the last and is entitled to improve a fair bit for the outing.

Jim Dreaper’s Sizing Italy is the choice in the Clonmel Hospice Support Group Maiden Hurdle.

He has hinted at possessing a fair amount of ability in two outings in bumpers and jumping is surely his true calling.

Feature event is the SEPAM Tipperary Perpetual Cup Handicap, but this looks difficult to solve and Pat Flynn’s Galianna gets a token nod.

It is 614 days since the daughter of Galileo performed on the level, but she has been running reasonably well over hurdles of late, winning a maiden at Navan and filling third in a handicap behind Golanbrook and Benefit Of Porter at Wexford.

Ghareer, sixth to Midnight Soprano at the Curragh, might crop up in the first division of the Clonmel Hospice Support Group Handicap.


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