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Captain sticking to hurdles

Captain Cee Bee is likely to remain over hurdles for the foreseeable future following his victory at Tipperary on Sunday.

It is well over four years since Edward Harty's pride and joy enjoyed his greatest day when winning the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, but he is still going strong at the age of 11.

While he is also a Grade One winner over fences, he has been plying his trade over the smaller obstacles to great effect in recent months.

He was 11 lengths too strong for progressive Galway Hurdle winner Rebel Fitz in the Friends Of Tipperary Hurdle, and Harty has not yet made future plans for the JP McManus-owned veteran.

The trainer said: "He's come out of the race well. He's out in the paddock this morning enjoying himself and we couldn't be happier with him.

"We know he's a seriously good horse and we knew he was in really good form. It was just a question of whether he would be able to replicate that on the track at the age of 11, but he answered that question for us.

"I haven't sat down with Frank (Berry, owner's racing manager) to talk about plans yet, but I'd imagine we'll stay over hurdles now.

"He's won a Grade Two and was only beaten a couple of lengths in the Galway Hurdle, so why change things? He's an 11-year-old now, so there is no point mucking around.

"He's bigger and stronger now and probably handles softer ground better than he used to, but I wouldn't say he likes it."


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