Cee Bee buzzing for Grimes
Eddie Harty reports Captain Cee Bee in peak condition ahead of his bid to repeat last year's win in the Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary.
The 2008 Supreme Novices' Hurdle hero is fresh from a victory on the Flat at the Curragh three weeks ago as he attempts to back up his 2011 success.
Captain Cee Bee short-headed The Real Article, who is also among a seven-strong field, in the Grade Three contest last July.
Harty said: "He's in great form and we're looking forward to it. The ground will be a bit softer this time, but it's the same for all of them so it's fingers crossed. I'm expecting a good run."
Michael Winters is happy with Rebel Fitz and would like to think his progressive seven-year-old might book a place in the Guinness Galway Hurdle with a decent performance.
"He's in great form and we're hoping for a big run out of him," said the County Cork trainer.
"Barry Geraghty rode our horse last time out over hurdles and he's on the likely favourite The Real Article, but we're delighted to have Davy Russell on him.
"We've schooled him over fences but there aren't many opportunities at this time of the year and there is serious prize-money in this race.
"We did intend to run him a couple of weeks ago over fences at Limerick, but he pulled off a shoe at the last minute.
"We think he'll be there or thereabouts. He is a progressive horse and if he can win the race on Sunday, or if he finished second, we might think of going on for the Galway Hurdle. We'll get Sunday over first and see where we go from there."