Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 25 February 2017

Rubi checks in for Ryanair

Rubi Light will have an ambitious entry in the Ryanair Chase after a valid excuse emerged for his poor run at Limerick.

Robbie Hennessy's six-year-old had won his first two races this season in the style of a rapidly improving animal and despite carrying top weight in a valuable contest on his next start, Hennessy expected him to win.



However, he faded tamely with half a mile to run and it later transpired he had a lung infection.



"We had him scoped when he came back and he has an infection on his lungs, a few of the others scoped dirty, too, I think it's the weather," said Hennessy.



"He's on medication and he should be all right in about a week or two.



"He's rated 143 now so we'll have to pop him into Listed company or maybe open handicaps.



"I'm going to give him an entry in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham. It's an early-closer so we'll enter him and see how he progresses.



"I thought he would have won the other day and then I could have been more positive about running him at Cheltenham but it's on the back-burner at the moment."

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