Cisswood’s Fruity to be unleashed on Gold Cup

Fruity O'Rooney, running in the Scottish National on April 21
Fruity O'Rooney, running in the Scottish National on April 21

Lower Beeding trained steeplechaser Fruity O’Rooney is targeting another successful National Hunt season.

The horse, owned by Sussex-based Heart of the South Racing and trained at Cisswood Stables will look to build on a fifth place at the Scottish Grand National and a Boxing Day win at Kempton. Fruity O’Rooney also picked up a seocnd place finish at the Cheltenham Festival, and finished second at Ascot and third in the Great Yorkshire Chase despite finishing without a saddle.

His diminutive size, front running style and flamboyant jumping make him thrilling to watch and he now also has fans as far away as Australia who follow his progress via Facebook and twitter.

The Gary Moore-trained nine-year-old is expected to have a first run of the season over hurdles at Cheltenham on October 20, then a trip to Newbury for the historic Hennessy Gold Cup on December 1 is expected to follow.

Jockey Jamie Moore said: “This will be one of the toughest handicaps Fruity can run in, but I see no reason why he can’t take his chance. The fences at Newbury take some jumping but no more so than Doncaster and even if we don’t win, the prize money for getting a place is still brilliant. I would love to see him run in this race.”