Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Sublimity drops in class

Sublimity

Robbie Hennessy would love Sublimity to land his first success for over two years when he drops in class for the McCarthy Insurance Group Hurdle at Cork.

The 2007 Champion Hurdle hero has run well in defeat several times since his last victory in the December Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown at Christmas 2008, but was a well-beaten last of four behind Solwhit on his return to action at Punchestown in November.

"He's in great form. We've been up to Dundalk with him the last few weeks because of the bad weather to keep him on the go," said the County Meath trainer.

"He's been up there a good bit and we've got some good work into him, so he's not short on fitness. He's spot on and it looks a little bit easier than he's been up against the last year or two.

"The last day he was up against the big boys and on ground which he hates. The ground will probably be soft this time, but there are no Grade One horses in it so I'm expecting a big run.

"It would be nice if he could get his head back in front again and it would be great to see him in the winner's enclosure. It would boost his confidence.

"We've entered him for the Irish Champion Hurdle later this month. If the ground came up good he might take his chance.

"There's a race in Naas in a couple of weeks, the Limestone Lad Hurdle, and he might go for that too."

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