Rebel Fitz will make the leap to Grade One level and tackle Hurricane Fly at Punchestown after nothing came to light following his defeat at Cork.

The Galway Hurdle winner was expected to having little trouble in seeing off the Willie Mullins-trained mare Tarla last week but never looked comfortable and was beaten five lengths.

Trainer Mick Winters ran a serious of checks on his stable star but nothing showed up and he will now be prepared for a clash with the dual champion hurdler at the end-of-season Festival.

"We had him tested and scoped but nothing showed up," said Winters.

"I was wondering whether to enter him for Fairyhouse but I think we'll just freshen him up for Punchestown, I thought he was never travelling at any stage.

"He might have got into a routine after his long break or maybe we worked him too hard.

"I don't want to take anything away from the winner, but maybe the ground didn't suit. It wasn't soft enough to pull him out but it was really tacky which is worse for him.

"I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and hope we get better ground at Punchestown where he'll have to take on Hurricane Fly - he's got no choice as he's too high in the handicap now.

"There's big prize money at Punchestown and there probably won't be many runners.

"He'll be going chasing in May for about 7,000 euro a race so he may as well try to win some nice prize money before that.

"I wouldn't want to run him over fences in deep ground, that's when you see horses have tired falls."