Fruity has Festival assignment

  • Last Updated: January 29 2013, 12:09 GMT

Fruity O'Rooney will head back to Cheltenham for the Festival meeting as he bids to improve on last year's second in the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase.

Fruity O'Rooney: Heading back to Cheltenham

Gary Moore's chaser ran another fine race at the weekend, chasing home possible Gold Cup contender Katenko in the Murphy Group Chase.

It proved to Moore, however, that three miles is his trip and a return to better ground will be in his favour come March.

"He's been so consistent," said Moore.

"I'm glad I ran him over the shorter trip as I was adamant that he had the pace for it, but even in that ground he was blatantly outpaced.

"He'll go back for the same race he ran in last year.

"The handicapper has left him alone so he'll be 1lb lower than when second last year so you'd imagine he'll have a good chance."

Fruity O'Rooney is a general 16/1 chance to go one better than last year.

Meanwhile, Moore faces a race against time to get Bergo to the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

The 10-year-old has proved a very versatile performer since arriving from Germany in 2008.

He has proved his class on the level, winning the Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot and finishing second in a valuable contest at the Dubai Carnival in 2011.

He won three out of four in his novice chase season, ending up with a fourth place in a Grade One at Aintree.

Not seen since finishing fourth in the Doncaster Cup of 2011, Moore will only run him if he is happy with his condition.

"We've not had him back in that long but if I can get him there, I'd like to run him in the World Hurdle," said Moore.

"He's unexposed over hurdles, fences and on the Flat really.

"I wouldn't send him there just for the sake of it, so he'd have to be pleasing me to run."


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