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Rebel has a cause at Galway

Trainer Mick Winters believes Rebel Fitz could "surprise a few people" if turning out in one of the major events at next week's Galway Festival.

The 10-year-old has won four of his five starts at Ballybrit, including the 2012 Galway Hurdle.

He has not been seen in competitive action since landing the Istabraq Hurdle at Tipperary last October, but could reappear in either the Galway Hurdle or the Galway Plate.

Winters said: "He is well over three-quarters ready and we just have to push on now and see if he is up to being in the money - he won't run just for the sake of it.

"He is in top form and is a horse with no mileage up. He is fine and strong and good in himself.

"He is very sound and he has been doing a lot of swimming.

"He has never taken a lot to get ready and it wouldn't be out of this world if he turned up and surprised a few people.

Rebel Fitz is one of 68 horses in contention for the Galway Plate and is second in the weights behind the Willie Mullins-trained Boston Bob.

Mullins has 11 possible runners in total, including ante-post favourite Alechi Inois and the Gigginstown House Stud-owned Devils Bride.

Mouse Morris also expects to be well represented.

He said: " Baily Green, Rule The World and Rathlin will all run and if Horendus Hulabaloo sneaks in, he'll run as well.

"I'll run whatever gets in."

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