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Friday 15 November 2019

Hennessy's shining Light makes it a Rubi Tuesday in Wexford feature

Aintree could be next up for Rubi Light after Robbie Hennessy’s former Grade One winner toughed it out to win for second time in a row at Wexford
Aintree could be next up for Rubi Light after Robbie Hennessy’s former Grade One winner toughed it out to win for second time in a row at Wexford

Richard Forristal

Aintree could be next up for Rubi Light after Robbie Hennessy's former Grade One winner toughed it out to win for second time in a row at Wexford.

The rejuvenated 10-year-old rallied gamely for Andrew Lynch to deny He'llberemembered in the featured veterans' chase.

"He is finding a new lease of life," Hennessy beamed of his 6/1 shot, which won the 2011 John Durkan Chase. "He is living outside now and that's made the difference. He was bursting blood vessels last year and when he is out in the fresh air the whole time he isn't doing that. He is in the Grand National but I'll enter him in the Topham as well. That might suit him over 2m 5f."

Ruby Walsh completed a double in the novices' handicap chase aboard Adrian Maguire's 3/1 favourite Davinia's Tip. He made all on the Presenting mare en route to a four-length win, having enjoyed an even easier time when taking the conditions hurdle on Tony Martin's well-backed evens favourite I Shot The Sheriff.

Gordon Elliott and Davy Condon took the maiden hurdle with Skilled (9/4 fav), while Condon's uncle Tim Townend - father of jockey Paul - took the bumper with the Sonny Carey-ridden Kala Brandy at odds of 3/1.

Fermoy handler Eoghan O'Grady's recent Clonmel winner Westerner Point (4/1) followed up for Philip Enright in the handicap hurdle. At Down Royal, meanwhile, Elliott's Roi Du Mee justified odds-on favouritism by making all under Bryan Cooper in the conditions chase.

"He's in the English and Irish Nationals and the Imperial Call Chase at Cork, but if there's no rain he won't run," Elliott said of the 10-year-old, which was winning for a third time since January and a 16th time in all. "What can you say about him," Elliott added. "He's a star."

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