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Light to drop back next season

by Michelle Fortune , 30 April 2012

A drop back in trip could be on the cards for Rubi Light after his stamina was called into question during thetote.com Punchestown Gold Cup.


The seven-year-old travelled well under Andrew Lynch and for a time looked certain to be in the shake-up until heavy ground combined with a three-mile trip proved too much for the gelding. He was the first to crack and finished a well-beaten fourth to China Rock in the showpiece.

Having watched his stable star win the Grade One John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase over two and a half miles, trainer Robbie Hennessy admits a longer trip may not be ideal for the gelding and he will consider dropping back next season.

"I'd say it was a combination of the three-mile-one on that ground and Andrew (Lynch) just felt he was a little bit dead in himself. It's been a long season for him," said Hennessy.

"He's been out in the paddock with Sublimity. He'll be out there for a few hours every day and then he will be out at grass for the next three months.

"Looking at the race the other day, we'll probably bring him back to two and a half. We probably won't even be afraid to drop him back to two miles at some point next season if need be.

"We'll see how we get on and when the time comes see what the ground is like."

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