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Rock On Ruby

Rock On Ruby: 2012 Champion Hurdler returns to hurdles on Thursday

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Rock On Ruby reverts to hurdles at Aintree

ROCK ON RUBY will switch back to hurdling at Aintree on Thursday, as the nine-year-old featured among the declarations for the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle.

Having won two novice chases, Rock On Ruby was sent off at 5-1 for the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival, but a bad mistake at the third fence effectively put paid to his chances, and he finished eighth of nine, beaten 52 lengths.

Trainer Harry Fry had said after the race it was unlikely Rock On Ruby would continue chasing, but his first start back over hurdles promises to be a tough reintroduction, with Champion Hurdle third The New One leading the entries.

Grandouet, who was sixth in the Arkle, also reverts to hurdles, with Champion Hurdle sixth Ptit Zig one of two for Paul Nicholls, who also runs Irish Saint.

Willie Mullins took out Hurricane Fly and Annie Power, but has left in Diakali, who was fourth in the County Hurdle. Grumeti completes the field.

For the Betfred Bowl, Ryanair winner Dynaste will face five rivals, headed by Silviniaco Conti. First Lieutenant runs for Mouse Morris, with Argocat, Houblon Des Obeaux and Menorah completing the field.

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