News stories which have appeared on the website are available free of charge but stories which have appeared in the newspaper are only available when you join Members' Club. *NOTE: The archive runs from January 1, 2006 to present

Sublimity wins 2007 ChampionHurdle

Sublimity: currently a best-priced 25-1 for this year's Champion Hurdle

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Sublimity looks likely to go straight to Festival

ROBBIE HENNESSY continues to keep stable star Sublimity going through the biting winter, but believes it is likely the 2007 Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle winner will not run again before the Cheltenham Festival.

Hennessy had intended to bring Sublimity, second to Solwhit in the Leopardstown Golf Centre December FestivalHurdle last time, back for the Toshiba Irish Champion Hurdle on January 24, but the snow laying on the track has to thaw first and that may soften the going too much for the top-of-the-ground ten-year-old.

"Our gallop is frozen, so it has been hard work getting horses out," said Hennessy on Saturday. "Dundalk and the gallops on the Curragh are open, but the first day we were able to get out to either was when we went to the Curragh today, even then it was snowing heavily and the roads were still very bad.

"Fortunately, most of our horses ran over Christmas so the hold-ups the snow is causing should not hamper our plans too much.

"Sublimity had a week off after his run and has cantered somehwere every day this week. He was one of three we took to the Curragh for a breeze and he was in great form, but I am concerned that when all this thaws out the ground will come up too heavy for him to run in the Irish Champion Hurdle.

"Should that happen, he'll go straight to Cheltenham and at this
stage that looks the most likely option."

If skipping the Grade 1, Sublimity could miss out on a rematch with Solwhit, who has been pencilled in for the Irish Champion Hurdle since his win at Leopardstown on December 29.

Keep up-to-date with Sublimity's progress with Robbie Hennessy's blog - exclusive to

News Archive