Sizing Europe leads Captain Cee Bee who fell at the last at LeopardstownPICTURE: Caroline Norris
Captain Cee Bee set to miss Irish Arkle - Harty
CAPTAIN CEE BEE will have one more run before he tackles the Irish Independent Arkle Chase in March, but it will not be in the Irish equivalent on January 24, according to trainer Eddie Harty.
The 2008 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner, successful on his chasing bow after a 600-day absence at Naas early last month, fell when about to challenge Sizing Europe at the last in the recent 2m1f Bord Na Mona With Nature Grade 1 novice chase at Leopardstown.
"You won’t see him among the entries for the Arkle at Leopardstownlater this month but there is a ‘winners of two’ novice at Naas on February 6 and my plan is to run him in that instead," said the Curragh trainer.
"It fits in nicely and allows me to give him the full fortnight off since Leopardstown. He has been back in training since September and it’sa long time between then and Cheltenham without a break. The Naas race will leave us with just over five weeks [before Cheltenham] which is ideal time wise."
Captain Cee Bee is a general 6-1 second favourite for Cheltenham honours with Sizing Europe a point ahead of him in the betting with Paddy Power.
Harty added: “He is in fabulous form and enjoying his break around the paddock and thankfully none the worse forhis fall at Leopardstown.”