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Captain Cee Bee set for rare handicap run at Fairyhouse

Updated: Friday, 29 Nov 2013 15:22 | Comments

Captain Cee Bee will be one of the star attractions at Fairyhouse on Saturday
Captain Cee Bee will be one of the star attractions at Fairyhouse on Saturday

Dual Grade One winner Captain Cee Bee makes just his third start in handicap company over jumps when giving weight away all around in the Bar One Racing Handicap Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Saturday.

The 12-year-old has had a glittering career for trainer Eddie Harty, including top-level successes in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Ryanair Novice Chase at Punchestown.

His only ventures into handicap company over timber before have been two runs in the Galway Hurdle, including a fine third-placed effort last season. He also won his sole handicap start on the level.

JP McManus' charge showed he still has plenty to offer in the autumn of his career with victory at Tipperary last month and Harty is hopeful of another big run in the €50,000 contest.

He said: "He's in great form and it's a good prize. The horse is getting older but he's used to carrying weight as he's always had to. It will be interesting to see how he gets on."

In contrast there are a couple of young unexposed horses making their handicap debuts at the bottom of the weights.

Galway handler David Kelly hopes that inexperience will not count against his runner King William, who is just 1lb out of the handicap-proper.

The five-year-old was running a nice race on his comeback run here recently behind the smart Ally Cascade, before blundering his rider out of the saddle at the final flight.

"I was happy with his first run back. He got 4lb for making a mistake at the last, the last day, but I'm happy enough with his mark running in a race like this," said Kelly.

"The horse is in good form and I expect him to run well. It's a nice pot.

"I would just be worried that he hasn't a whole pile of experience. It's his first run in a handicap and he might just lack another run over hurdles."

Paul Nolan also pitches novice Theatre Mill into the competitive looking contest and has been encouraged by the form of his maiden hurdle success at the venue last month, with runner-up Bishopslough advertising his claims since.

"The form of his maiden hurdle has worked out well with the second horse winning since and finishing second in a good handicap," said the Wexford handler.

"The ground should suit him and he is in off bottom weight so it will be interesting to see how he gets on - it is his first run in a handicap.

"He has a nice weight and is a horse that likes to bowl along, so we decided to give him a bit more of a chance and take 7lb off."

The Willie Mullins trained Flat Out makes his return from a long absence in the two-mile contest while others of note are Pink Coat, who has been in good form of late, and the habitual front-runner Fosters Cross.

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