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Rubi on Ryanair trail

Robbie Hennessy's Rubi Light is set for a trip to the Cheltenham Festival after impressing in the Red Mills Chase at Gowran on Saturday.

The six-year-old ploughed through the mud to beat the likes of Roberto Goldback and Scotsirish in the Grade Two contest and providing conditions suit, he will now aim for Grade One glory in the Ryanair Chase on March 17.

"We were delighted with him and to be honest, we were expecting a really big run as he was working really well," said Hennessy.

"Still, it's easier said than done and it was great to see him go and do it. He's a brilliant jumper.

"The first day he arrived from France we let him have a roll in a ring outside and after he'd had a roll, he got up and jumped a five-foot gate straight out of the ring.

"He ran well behind Golden Silver last month and he was short of a bit of work that day having been sick. I think if he'd have been right, he would have given Golden Silver a race that day.

"He seems to be improving the whole time and I think he'll go for the Ryanair in Cheltenham.

"The handicapper isn't going to be too kind to him and as long as the ground isn't too fast he'll go for the Ryanair. Good to soft ground would be all right."

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