Hennessy pulls Rubi Light from Gold Cup in favour of tilt at Ryanair Chase
TRAINER Robbie Hennessy has declared that Rubi Light will be aimed at the Ryanair Chase in March instead of the Prestbury Park showpiece, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
While ultimately disappointing when second to Synchronised in the Lexus Chase at Christmas, Hennessy's promising French-bred star came out of the Leopardstown Grade One with a degree of credit, racing close to the pace before keeping on to deny Quito De La Roque the runner-up berth on his first try at three miles.
He remains an exciting prospect and, having just turned seven years of age, seemed the right vintage for a tilt at the main event.
The last three raiders to win the Gold Cup -- Imperial Call, Kicking King and War Of Attrition -- were all seven when they achieved glory, while both Kauto Star and Best Mate were the same age when they first won the race.
However, Hennessy has opted to revert to shorter distances with his stable star, eschewing the Hennessy Gold Cup back at Leopardstown in favour of the two-and-a-half-mile Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park on February 18.
"The plan is to go for the Red Mills at Gowran and then go to the Ryanair," the Ratoath handler confirmed.