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Mullins ponders Fever plans

Champagne Fever could drop back in trip after finishing fourth to Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Silviniaco Conti in the King George VI Chase over three miles at Kempton.

Trainer Willie Mullins is likely to look at the Queen Mother Champion Chase over two miles as part of his options for the grey, who has a tremendous record at Cheltenham.

"I imagine Champagne Fever would have found it hard in a race like that," he said.

"I don't know where he'll run next, whether we'll stick to three miles and see if he improves. I thought I had him fairly right for Kempton.

"He does like Cheltenham and my immediate thought was that he could go back for the Champion Chase.

"He's two from three, and a short-head, over the trip there."

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