Back In Focus: back in action on SundayPICTURE: Getty Images
Fever faces four in
festival warm-up race
TWO-TIME Cheltenham winner Champagne Fever, who is prominent in the betting for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Ryanair Chase, tackles four rivals when he preps for the festival at Gowran Park on Saturday.
The 2013 Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner, who landed the Champion Bumper a year earlier, will be ridden by Paul Townend when he faces Bright New Dawn, Texas Jack, Arnaud and Rathlin in Gowran Park's Grade 2 Red Mills Chase.
The track also stages the Grade 2 Red Mills Trial Hurdle and five line up for that, including Stan James Champion Hurdle dark horse Kitten Rock.
Fields for Navan's meeting on Sunday were also confirmed on Friday morning and Champagne Fever's Willie Mullins-trained stablemate Back In Focus returns after nearly two years off.
A possible for the Crabbie's Grand National in April, he runs in the Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle, in which Mullins is also represented by Briar Hill and Zaidpour.
Gilgamboa, no match for the exciting Racing Post Arkle favourite Un De Sceaux last time, runs in the Flyingbolt Novice Chase on Navan's card.