Delay to Punchestown Gold Cup no issue for Rubi Light

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Rubi LightRobbie Hennessy feels putting the Punchestown Gold Cup back to today from Wednesday will have no ill effects on Rubi Light. Because the trainer's County Meath base is less than an hour away from the course, Rubi Light remained tucked up in his box while the decision to re-arrange the Grade One feature was made because of the heavy rain that has hit the track this week.

Hennessy said “Everything is grand. It's not been a bother. I'm only about 40 minutes from the track so the horse never even left his stables. Putting the race back a few days has made no difference to us whatsoever. Two or three days would have been a different story if we'd had to travel over to England, come back and then go back again, but he never had to leave his box, so there's no problems there."

While Rubi Light (5/2 to win Gold Cup) is suited by soft and heavy ground, he has only stepped up to three miles once, when he was runner-up to Synchronised in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown in December.

The trainer added "The ground should suit, everything is looking in his favour for a big run. He's run over three miles and finished second to the horse that went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. If he puts in that performance he'll be there or thereabouts."

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