All systems go for Fruity’s Sky Bet bid

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Minellatillmorning won the Happy Birthday Sarah Cotty Handicap Hurdle. Picture: Fontwell Park

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Gary Moore surveyed Fruity O’Rooney’s preparation for the Sky Bet Chase and declared: So far, so good.

The 10-year-old son of Kahyasi was yesterday named among the 60 horses entered for the £75,000 Listed contest at Doncaster on Saturday, January 26.

His West Sussex connections have long targeted a return to the three-mile clash – after finishing third last year.

Jamie Moore’s saddle slipped that day, robbing him of the change of glory.

Fruity O’Rooney’s third to Katenko at Sandown on Saturday put him bang on course for a return, though.

Gary Moore, who trains him at Lower Beeding, said: ‘Fruity O’Rooney is very much likely to run in the Sky Bet Chase.

‘It’s been so far, so good since his run at Sandown at the weekend and I am very pleased with him.

‘He bumped into a well-handicapped horse on Saturday and he is always better going left-handed but no damage was done.

‘He got good money for being third and he was also dropped three pounds.

‘He was unlucky not to win the Sky Bet last year and is one pound lower now.

‘He has a good chance and he deserves a big one.

‘He is an amazing little horse because he goes on any ground but I think he is better on better ground.’

Katenko has also been entered, while last year’s winner Calgary Bay could defend his title.

Champion Court is the 8/1 ante-post favourite, however, Alan King has pencilled in three dangers in Walkon, Hold On Julio and West End Rocker.