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Mick Winters' Rebel Fitz a major doubt for Galway

Updated: Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 12:41 | Comments

The ultra-consistent Rebel Fitz has finished first or second in 23 of his 26 starts, winning bumpers, hurdles, chases and Flat races for the underrated Mick Winters
The ultra-consistent Rebel Fitz has finished first or second in 23 of his 26 starts, winning bumpers, hurdles, chases and Flat races for the underrated Mick Winters

Dual Galway Festival winner Rebel Fitz is likely to miss this year's meeting after suffering a minor setback.

The Mick Winters-trained nine-year-old was a popular winner of the Galway Hurdle in 2012 and completed a hat-trick over fences at Ballybrit last summer.

He was last seen clinching Grade One glory in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse in April and connections had been eyeing a tilt at the Galway Plate, but Winters revealed that plan is likely to be shelved.

He said: "He came out of Fairyhouse in great form, but later on we found he had a small injury between his joint and his hoof, a bit like a sprained ankle.

"He's had to have a couple of months off and we sent him away. He's been on the treadmill and we'll go down and see him.

"We might start riding him on the roads in a fortnight and see how we go, but we'll just have to tread carefully.

"We'll get him scanned and see how we go, but I don't think he'll be going to Galway.

"We won't take any chances with him."

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