The seven race card at Punchestown racecourse tomorrow evening will include the final run for former champion hurdler Sublimity as connections decide to call time on the 11 year olds career.
Commenting on the decision trainer Robbie Hennessy said “Sublimity was my first runner as a trainer and was narrowly beaten in the Fighting Fifth by Punjabi who went on to win the Champion Hurdle that season. He was also my first winner as a trainer in the grade 1 hurdle at Leopardstown and that’s before you mention the thrill we got from winning the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle as owners. The horse is now 11 years old and has had his fair share of problems so we would love to finish him up while he is still in relatively good shape. He will spend his retirement with us and his days will be kept busy as a work partner and lead horse. It is important to keep him active because while his body might not beat his best shape is mind is very sharp! Horses like Sublimity are one in a million and while it is sad to see him finish up we are looking forward to Rubi Light next season”.
Sublimity was originally purchased in the Tattersalls October sales as a yearling in 2001 for the sum of 210,000 guineas. Sir Michael Stoute was the man responsible for the early years before Robbie Hennessy purchased him for 32,000 guineas and he was sent to John Carr’s Kildare yard. Sublimity won nine races in total including the Champion Hurdle in 2007.
Tomorrows card marks the final meeting at the home of irish jump racing in advance of the summer season which sees the venue switch codes and host a variety of events including the Oxegen music festival, trade shows, conventions and the Motivate Challenge adventure race. The first of seven races goes to post at 5.40pm with the Conyngham Cup Handicap steeplechase for amateur riders.