Sublimity gets back to winning ways at Cork
Report: Cork, Monday
McCarthy Insurance Group Hurdle 2m, 4yo+
SUBLIMITY recorded his first win since December 2008, taking advantage of a marked drop in class to overhaul long-time leader Newmill.
The 2007 Champion Hurdle winner has been a stalwart at the highest level for many seasons, and recorded his ninth career victory when beating the returning Newmill by half a length.
A Grade 2 winner on his last start in 2010, Newmill was allowed to quickly establish a lead of several lengths over his three rivals, with Run For Sol next from On The Way Out and Sublimity.
There was no change to the running order for the first half of the race, until Run For Sol quickly gave way down the back straight under Davy Russell.
Turning for home, Newmillcontinued to lead and, with On The way Out's challenge faltering three out and Sublimity having to work under Andrew Lynch a hurdle later, it looked like the 13-year-old might make a winning reapppearance.
However, Lynch and Sublimity began to wear down the 2006 Champion Chase winner between flights and, after jumping upsides at the last, managed to pull out enough on the run to the line.
Winning trainer Robbie Hennessy said: “I’m thrilled. The horse got a bad injury last year and we weren’t sure that he’d run again. This is nearly as good as winning at Cheltenham!
“The Irish Champion Hurdle is a possibility but there is also the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas in a couple of weeks.”