Sublimity in best condition that I've seen -- Hennessy
Published 02/03/2010 | 05:00
TRAINER Robbie Hennessy will "wrap Sublimity in cotton wool" as he prepares the 10-year-old for another crack at Champion Hurdle glory.
Winner of the race in 2007 when trained by John Carr, Hennessy believes Sublimity is now in the finest shape he has been for some time. Placed in the Fighting Fifth, December Festival Hurdle and Irish Champion Hurdle this season, Sublimity came through a workout after racing at Leopardstown with flying colours.
"I was delighted with him, we worked him over 10 furlongs with Donegal and Coliseum and just let him stride on in the straight," said Hennessy. "Philip Carberry was delighted with him. The ground was pretty dead yesterday but it is supposed to dry up a bit, which will suit us at Cheltenham.
"It should be the best ground he has raced on all year, which will be a help. We'll wrap him up in cotton wool and hope we get him there in the same form. He seems to be in the best condition I've had him."
Meanwhile, Dermot Weld says he plans to run both Elegant Concorde and Hidden Universe in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper. Elegant Concorde is favourite for the race at a best priced 7/1 while Hidden Universe -- which also runs in the colours of Dr Ronan Lambe -- is generally available at 8/1.
Ridden by Pat Smullen, Hidden Universe finished upsides Elegant Concorde (Pat Shanahan) at the end of a five-horse workout over a mile and a half at Leopardstown.
"People keep asking me which is the better," said Weld. "Today was the third time they have worked together and they again showed they are hard to separate. For that reason we're going to let both of them run. Hidden Universe has a preference for easy ground while the better the ground, the more Elegant Concorde will like it."