Rubi Light could run in the Crabbie's Grand National

Last Updated: 01/02/14 11:36am

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Rubi Light: Grand National possible

Rubi Light: Grand National possible

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Rubi Light, who is in the frame for the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree, has had a small breathing operation after disappointing at Leopardstown over Christmas.

It has been an in-and-out season for Robbie Hennessy's nine-year-old, who ran Sizing Europe close at Gowran and also finished second in the John Durkan at Punchestown.

But in between those runs he disappointed in the Clonmel Oil Chase and back over two miles last time out.

Rubi Light burst a blood vessel at Leopardstown but Hennessy believes that was down to an issue with his breathing.

The County Meath handler this week put him in the Grand National and the bold jumper showed when second to Synchronised in the 2011 Lexus Chase that he is effective over a range a trips.

"The entries were closing and we'd talked about it last year saying it might be worth sticking him in one day. It's a possibility, that's all, at this stage," said Hennessy.

"He's had a small wind op since he last ran but he's back in working away now.

"Andrew Lynch (jockey) said he'd love to give him a spin over the National fences. When I told he we'd entered him his face lit up.

"He's got a touch of class but he's had a few niggly problems this year.

"We reckon he burst the last day because of his pallet so we've had that seen to.

"He might run in the Red Mills Chase at Gowran (February 15) next, we'll just have to see."

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