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Rubi Light - Punchestown 11.12.2011

Rubi Light: dual winner of the Red Mills Chase is gunning for a hat-trick

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Rubi Light seeking Red Mills Chase hat-trick

RUBI LIGHT, winner of the Grade 2 Red Mills Chase for the last two seasons, bids for a hat-trick against three rivals, with trainer Robbie Hennessy hoping the change of venue does not affect the eight-year-old.

With Gowran Park's chase track deemed unfit for racing last weekend, the contest was rerouted to Navan, and Hennessy reports Rubi Light to be in great shape going into the race. He said: "He seems in top form and, although we'd have preferred the race at Gowran in view of his record there, it's great that it's going ahead."

Hennessy has used the race as a prep for the Ryanair at the Cheltenham Festival for Rubi Light, and the trainer is hoping that the wet winter will aid his chaser's chances come March.

"If he puts up a good performance then we'll head to Cheltenham with a bit of confidence," Hennessy added. "He's twice run in the Ryanair and was third in the race two years ago and fifth last year. The ground was a bit quick for him both times and, with a bit of luck, we might get easier conditions this year."

Hidden Cyclone, Chicago Grey and Foildubh are Rubi Light's opposition this afternoon, and John Ryan, trainer of Foildubh, is hoping his runner can pick up the pieces if Hidden Cyclone and Rubi Light duel with each other up front.

Ryan said:" If Rubi Light and Hidden Cyclone take each other on then, it might work to our advantage."

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