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Supreme Novices' winner Champagne Fever entered in novice race at Punchestown

Updated: Monday, 06 May 2013 14:45 | Comments

Ruby Walsh steered Champagne Fever to victory at Cheltenham
Ruby Walsh steered Champagne Fever to victory at Cheltenham

Champagne Fever could make an early start to novice chasing after Willie Mullins gave the Cheltenham hero an entry at Punchestown on Saturday.

The grey won the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle through an excellent front-running ride from Ruby Walsh, a year after his Champion Bumper victory, but flopped at the Punchestown Festival when Jezki emphatically turned the tables.

He is entered again at the Naas course in the Punchestown For Events Beginners Steeplechase and it is not surprising he has been pencilled in to start so quickly.

The brilliant Sizing Europe made his debut over fences when landing the same two-and-a-half-mile event in 2009, as did Mullins' subsequent Grade One winner Arvika Ligeonniere 12 months ago.

Sizing Europe's trainer Henry de Bromhead can call on another promising type in the five-year-old Sizing Rio, who was last of three to the Mullins-trained Un Atout in the Champion Novice Hurdle at this track last time out.

Mullins has also entered Felix Yonger, who has not run since last year's Punchestown Festival

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