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Rubi Light

Rubi Light is 12-1 for the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot on January 19

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Rubi Light will take on Sacre if ground is soft

RUBI LIGHT, runner-up to Sizing Europe in the Grade 1 Paddy Power Dial-A-bet Chase at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting, will need ground "soft or worse" if he is to take on Sprinter Sacre in the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot on January 19.

Beaten two and a half lengths by Sizing Europe at Leopardstown, Rubi Light delighted trainer Robbie Hennessy, who said: "He jumped brilliantly in the Dial-A-bet and came out of the race very well.

"Whether he goes to Ascot will depend a lot on the ground. The heavier it is, the better he likes it. If it is soft or worse he will probably run. If it is any better than that then we'll be staying at home."

A six-time winner over fences, Rubi Light achieved his biggest success when landing the Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown in December 2011.

"He will be entered for the Queen Mother Champion Chase and Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham," Hennessy added of the eight-year-old, who is owned by the trainer's father, Bill.

Rubi Light is 12-1 for the Ascot contest with the sponsor, whose market is headed by Sprinter Sacre at 1-6.

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