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Thursday 17 August 2017

Rubi trips the light fantastic

Rubi Light, with Andrew Lynch up
Rubi Light, with Andrew Lynch up

Rubi Light booked a possible trip to Aintree after returning to winning ways in the Arctic Tack Stud Veterans Handicap Chase at Wexford.

Dazzling Susie took the 11-runner field along at a fair clip, before Rory O’Moore took over, with former Grade One winner Rubi Light (6-1) jumping to the front five out under Andrew Lynch.

He’llberemembered loomed large from the second-last, but Lynch’s mount dug deep when needed to prevail by three-quarters of a length.

Winning trainer Robbie Hennessy said: “These races are great for horses like him, they should have more of them.

“They should maybe do what England do and have a final at the end of the season in somewhere like Punchestown or Fairyhouse.

“Fair play to Wexford for having this race on and the prize-money was great.”

He went on: “He is living outside now and that’s made the difference with him. He is out 24 hours a day and if he wants to come in we have a bit of a canopy for him. He was bursting blood vessels last year and this year when he is out in the fresh air the whole time he is not doing that. I hope it keeps working.

“He is in the Grand National, but I’ll enter him in the Topham as well. That might suit him over two-mile-five.

“He is a brilliant jumper and fingers crossed he will keep going now. We have him half back right, but he is still not as good as he was.”

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