Best yet to come for Hennessy
Robbie Hennessy is excited about the National Hunt season ahead after splashing out on new recruits from high-profile Flat yards, including Workforce's former lead horse Ithinkbest.
While his 2007 Champion Hurdle hero Sublimity may not be the force of old, the County Meath handler, who trains for his father Bill, still has plenty to look forward to.
Hennessy paid £200,000 at Tattersalls for Aidan O'Brien's dual Flat winner Table Mountain, while former Sir Michael Stoute inmate Ithinkbest, who used to lead Derby and Arc hero Workforce up the Newmarket gallops, has crossed the Irish Sea for a hurdling campaign.
"I've bought Ithinkbest out of Sir Michael Stoute's yard. He was the lead horse to Workforce and is a cracking horse," said Hennesy.
"He was already gelded and has done some schooling, which has gone well. He should be ready to run in three or four weeks.
"We've bought Table Mountain, we had to go to £200,000 for him but he ran four times in 23 days and won twice, so he seems to be a tough type. We'd like to think he might be a Triumph Hurdle type of horse, but we'll see.
"We gelded him the other day, so he's not in the best of humours at the moment, but he'll be all right and I'd say he'll start off in January sometime."
Hennessy also has Rubi Light to look forward to, a winner on his Irish chasing debut at Sligo on his latest start.
"Rubi Light will probably go to Punchestown on Saturday and he'll love the heavy ground there," said the trainer.
"He was good at Sligo. He just hit one fence in the straight the first time and that woke him up a bit and he jumped well afterwards. We think he's not too bad.