Soft ground at the Cheltenham Festival next month could make Rubi Light overpriced at 25/1 in the Ryanair Chase betting based on his recent strong display in the mud in Ireland.
The six-year-old extended his record to four wins in six starts in chase company when landing the Red Mills Chase at Gowran, keeping on in the closing stages to repel the challenge of favourite Roberto Goldback.
This Grade Two contest was run over 2m4f, but the extra furlong of the Ryanair Chase should pose no problems as the Gowran victory was secured in heavy underfoot conditions.
The state of the ground is likely to have a large part to play in how well Rubi Light fares at Cheltenham, but trainer Robbie Hennessy definitely has no concerns when it comes to the quality of his horse’s jumping.
Hennessy said: “He’s a brilliant jumper. The first day he arrived from France we let him have a roll in a ring outside and after he’d had a roll, he got up and jumped a five-foot gate straight out of the ring.
“He seems to be improving the whole time. The handicapper isn’t going to be too kind to him and as long as the ground isn’t too fast he’ll go for the Ryanair. Good to soft ground would be alright.”
Furthermore, Rubi Light run adequately when being collared late on by Queen Mother Champion Chase fancy Golden Silver on his penultimate run at Fairyhouse.
Poquelin is the big favourite in the Cheltenham betting to win the Ryanair Chase at 3/1, with Tranquil Sea the next best at 5/1.
Among the other fancied runners gunning for Ryanair Chase success are Kalahari King at 6/1 and last year’s winner Albertas Run, who can be backed at 8/1.
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