Rubi Light: injury setback rules him out of tilt at Ryanair ChasePICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Injured Rubi Light to miss Cheltenham
RUBI LIGHT will not make a third appearance in the Ryanair Chase at next month's Cheltenham Festival after Robbie Hennessy revealed that his stable star will make Punchestown at best after tearing muscles at Navan on Tuesday.
Having been sent off the 4-6 favourite for the Grade 2 Red Mills Chase, Rubi Light dropped away very tamely before the home straight and plodded home last of the three finishers, beaten 31 lengths.
Hennessy said: "He's torn muscles behind on his left side and is definitely out of Cheltenham. It probably happened early in the race as Andrew [Lynch] was never really happy with him. Hopefully, we'll have him back for the Punchestown festival."
Hidden Cyclone is another who looks as though he won't make the festival after suffering a tired-fall at the last when well beaten in the same race. Shark Hanlon reported him to have hated the testing conditions.
He said: "He just hated that ground and didn't handle it at all. He was a bit sore after his fall but he'll be alright and he'll live to fight another day. He just wants a bit of better ground"
Dedigout was hammered into 5-4 favouritism for Tuesday's Grade 2 Flyingbolt Novice Chase but could only finished fourth of the five runners. The tame effort didn't disappointed Tony Martin though who was quite pleased with how he performed.
"The trip was on the short side for him but I thought he jumped better than he did at Leopardstown and travelled well for a long way too. There will be other days for him and I wouldn't give up on him yet. That run will give him a bit of confidence."