Friday 28 October 2016

Cheltenham and Navan options for Robbie Hennessy's Rubi Light

Published 23/11/2015 | 18:46

Rubi Light (noseband) runs a cracker behind Sir Des Champs
Rubi Light (noseband) runs a cracker behind Sir Des Champs

Rubi Light is set to run at Cheltenham or Navan next month following his excellent effort behind Sir Des Champs at Thurles last week.

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Trainer Robbie Hennessy had been buoyed by Rubi Light's homework in the build-up to his reappearance so was not surprised to see his stable stalwart running the 2013 Punchestown Gold Cup winner to two and three-quarter lengths on unfavourable terms.

The County Meath handler will now look at the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham on December 12 and the Foxrock Handicap Chase at Navan the following day for his next run.

"We were absolutely delighted with his run, I think everybody was. It just looked like he was back to his old self again," said Hennessy.

"We knew his work lately and his schooling was just a lot better than it had been over the past few seasons for some reason. He's been jumping out of his skin this year.

"We didn't want to say anything until he ran and when we saw him 20 lengths clear down the back straight, he looked back to his old self. Andrew (Lynch, jockey) said he was tanking along.

"He was up against a horse that was rated 173 the last time he ran. We were 145 and had to give him 7lb. Our horse stuck at it well enough.

"He's taken the race very well, not a bother on him.

"He's going to get an entry in the good handicap at Cheltenham and the same weekend there's a big handicap in Navan. He'll get an entry in that.

"The handicapper has only put him up 3lb for the other day. He could have put him up more, so were delighted with that.

"I'll put him in both and have a look nearer the day."

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