Rock On Ruby ready for Hurricane rematch
ROCK ON RUBY faces an epic tussle in Ireland as he seeks to reverse the form with his Champion Hurdle conqueror, the mighty Hurricane Fly, at Punchestown today.
The Harry Fry-trained 2012 Champion Hurdle winner faces a tough assignment on his first racing trip outside Britain, opposing Hurricane Fly's bid to make it four wins on the trot in the Radobank Champion Hurdle.
Fry acknowledged the magnitude of the task facing his charge but said his stable star was in top shape before the clash.
"It's going to be a challenge," he said. "It's exciting to be part of a race of this calibre and hopefully it can live up to its billing. We're just looking forward to it more than anything.
"The ground is far from ideal for us but we've got the blinkers on again, they help us tactically. Noel Fehily can't wait; since he got off the horse at Cheltenham he has been looking forward to this day enormously, as we all have.
"He came out of Cheltenham very well, probably better than he ever has. We skipped Aintree, which we've done previously, and the extra few weeks have certainly seemed to help him."
Chepstow Good, good to soft in places
Doncaster Good to firm
Perth Good to soft, good in places (on the home straight)