Champagne On Ice For Mullins

Champagne Fever goes into the 2014 Cheltenham Festival looking to make it back-to-back successes at the meeting with a victory this time in the Arkle.

Willie Mullins’ runner won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle last year in the opening race of the four-day meeting. His target this year is the novice chase contest over 2m.

The seven-year old has only had two public outings over fences. He opened up at Punchestown where he scored by four lengths early in the season.

There was a surprise defeat last time out at Leopardstown for the seven-year old though, as he was third of six runners on Boxing Day in the Grade One Racing Post Novice Chase which was won by Defy Logic.

Bet365 make Champagne Fever a 3/1 shot in the racing betting with bet365 for the second race of the festival on day two.

Trifolium finished ahead of Champagne Fever last time and is next best in the bet365 market at racing odds of 5/1 with bet365.
The Gigginstown stud-owned horse went one better than his run on Boxing Day by taking the Arkle Novice Chase in January which is of Grade One status at Leopardstown.

Trifolium returned to the racecourse in November after just short of one year out through injury. He was successful by 10 lengths in his beginners chase debut at Thurles.

Charles Byrnes’ runner was no match for Felix Younger at Navan on his second start over fences but he did reverse that form later in the campaign at Leopardstown.

Former Champion Hurdle winner Rock on Ruby switched to fences in December where he had just two rivals to beat when going off at 1/10. He made no mistake on that occasion and then returned last month for another successful outing at Doncaster.

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