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By RICHARD FORRISTAL

While the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe takes centre stage this weekend, all roads lead to Tipperary on Sunday for followers of the jumping game.

The Limerick Junction venue stages a decent mixed card in which former Cheltenham winner Captain Cee Bee is set to defend his title in the Friends Of Tipperary Hurdle.

The Eddie Harty-trained gelding hasn't run since January's Irish Champion Hurdle.

"The plan is to run on Sunday and hopefully they get some rain as I wouldn't want to run him on very quick ground at his age," said Harty.

"He's in the Irish Cesarewitch as well as a precaution."

Captain Cee Bee has eight possible rivals, with the highest-rated being the Willie Mullins-trained Midnight Game.

On the same card, Rebel Fitz is due to continue his education over fences in the Like-A-Butterfly Novice Chase.

Mick Winters' 2012 Galway Hurdle winner has won five of his six starts since switching to the bigger obstacles but is considered to be at his best on decent ground.

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.

Meanwhile, the Winters-trained Missunited could be set for a winter break, with the trainer looking forward to a possible clash with Quevega at Cheltenham in March.

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