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Gary Moore aiming to get Fruity at 2013 Cheltenham Festival

Jamie Moore and Fruity O'Rooney on their way to victory at Fontwell Park (credit: Cheltenhampro.com)

Fruity O’Rooney, runner-up in the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, will bid to go one better on March 12.

The 10-year-old, trained by Gary Moore, has been a model of consistency over fences with a string of commendable efforts in big handicaps.

At Cheltenham last year he made most of the running under trainer’s son Jamie Moore only to be collared on the run-in by Alfie Sherrin.

Moore senior has confirmed the same race will be the target again for Fruity O’Rooney, who would not be inconvenienced if the ground came up testing.

On his last two starts, Fruity O’Rooney has been placed both at Sandown and on Cheltenham Trials Day behind Katenko, who has developed into a contender for the Gold Cup.

“He's been so consistent,” said trainer Moore. “I'm glad I ran him over a shorter trip last time as I was adamant he had the pace for it, but even in heavy ground he was blatantly outpaced.

“He'll go back to the Festival 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'd have a good chance.”

Moore also has Bergo entered for the World Hurdle but fears he is running out of time to get the classy 10-year-old, who has been off the track since the 2011 Doncaster Cup, ready for the race.

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

“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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Gary Moore aiming to get Fruity at 2013 Cheltenham Festival

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