Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Rubi heading to Gowran

Rubi Light

Trainer Robbie Hennessy will follow a tried-and-tested route by running Rubi Light at Gowran before heading to the Cheltenham Festival.

The seven-year-old won the Red Mills Chase in 2011 on the way to finishing third to Albertas Run in the Ryanair Chase and the two-and-a-half-mile contest is again ideal as it comes just less than four weeks before his prime objective.

"We are going to give him a run in Gowran Park on the 18th of February in the Red Mills and that's something to look forward to with him first," said County Meath-based Hennessy.

"He won it last year and the weather forecast is bad for the foreseeable future, so I imagine the ground will be testing, which would play to his strengths.

"After that we'll just keep him ticking over for Cheltenham. He doesn't need long coming out of his races. He need the same last year."

Rubi Light is a strong fancy to go two places better in the Ryanair on March 15 after a profitable campaign that has seen him win the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown and finish second in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on his first try over three miles.