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Sunday 22 October 2017

Robbie Hennessy is in no rush to make early-season plans for Rubi Light as he eases his stable star back into training.

Robbie Hennessy is in no rush to make early-season plans for Rubi Light as he eases his stable star back into training.

The Grade One-winning chaser endured a largely disappointing 2013-14 campaign and was last seen finishing last of five in a hurdle race at Clonmel in February.

Rubi Light again suffered a burst blood vessel that day, so Hennessy is unsurprisingly keen to take things slowly.

"We gave him six months off after he burst on his last run and he came back in just after the Galway Festival," said the County Meath handler. We're just going to look after him and take it day by day with him.

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"He had a good run in Gowran on his first run last season, but it went pear-shaped after that and they say bursting is a real bad experience for a horse and it just totally knocks their confidence. He might be ready to run in six weeks' time, or something like that, but we're not going to rush him."

Hennessy has snapped up a couple of promising recruits from the Flat this summer and hopes they can develop into useful performers over hurdles.

He said: "We've bought a horse called Pershing out of Marco Botti's yard.

"He's a nice sort of horse and he's in schooling away and will go juvenile hurdling."

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