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Fever bound for Moriarty

Dual Cheltenham Festival winner Champagne Fever will be aimed towards the Dr. P.J.Moriarty Novice Chase at Leopardstown on February 9.

The Champion Bumper and Supreme Novices' Hurdle hero made a pleasing start to his fencing career when scoring at Punchestown in November and was a hot favourite to claim the Grade One Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown last month.

He was still travelling powerfully until making a jarring mistake two fences from the finish and eventually weakened into third behind Defy Logic and Trifolium.

The seven-year-old grey held entries at Leopardstown this weekend, including in Sunday's Irish Arkle, but he is interestingly due to step back up in distance next month.

Mullins said: "He'll go for the Moriarty, all being well."

Champagne Fever remains towards the head of the market for both the Arkle Trophy over two miles and the two-and-a-half-mile JLT Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.