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Thursday 14 December 2017

Rubi flying for Ryanair Chase

ROBBIE Hennessy said he had been delighted with Rubi Light's success ahead of the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham next month.

The seven-year-old consolidated his position as ante-post favourite for that race after landing back-to-back victories in the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park.

"There's not a bother on him. He's been out in the paddock having a pick of grass. He had a grand school round on Saturday, that's all it was for him," said the Co Meath trainer.

"Andrew (Lynch) said he met the second-last just a little bit wrong and he was never concerned about it. It looked a little bit worse on TV, but other than that his jumping was brilliant."

Hennessy is just hoping Rubi Light gets his favoured soft ground at Prestbury Park on March 15.

"It's fingers crossed for Cheltenham. We just hope for a bit of rain," he added.

"The Ryanair looks like it's going to be a real hot race this year.

"The big ask is can we get Rubi Light in the same kind of form he was in on Saturday."

No Mother bid for Sacre: Mould

Owner Raymond Mould has moved to quash any speculation that his brilliant novice Sprinter Sacre could be supplemented for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham.

The Nicky Henderson-trained six-year-old is a short-priced favourite for the Racing Post Arkle Chase after stretching his 100pc record over fences to three with a superb performance at Newbury on Friday.

"It's hopefully the Arkle this year and then go on to the Champion Chase next year," Mould said. "I'd rule the Champion Chase out this year and Mr Henderson has never mentioned it. He's got Finian's Rainbow in it anyway. We'll stick to the natural progression. I have thought about the King George for him in the future at some stage."

Mould also revealed Sprinter Sacre had had a successful wind operation after fading into third place behind Al Ferof in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at last year's Festival.

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