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Sublimity shines in December Hurdle

Updated: Monday, 29 Dec 2008 16:17

Phillip Carberry celebrates aboard Sublimity after their latest top flight success
Phillip Carberry celebrates aboard Sublimity after their latest top flight success

Day 4 Results

Sublimity repelled the challenge of Won In The Dark to give fledgling trainer Robbie Hennessy his first ever winner in the Leopardstown Golf Centre December Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown.

The 3-1 chance travelled strongly throughout under Philip Carberry and cruised to the front soon after turning for home.
Won In The Dark emerged as his main challenger on the run-in, but Sublimity quickened well to score by half a length.

Sizing Europe, the 15-8 favourite, was given the go-ahead to race early this morning after suffering a stone bruise on Sunday.
But after travelling well, the Henry de Bromhead-trained six-year-old faded tamely in the straight.

Brave Inca was still bang there as the field made the final turn.
Although he was outpaced by the front two, Colm Murphy's charge galloped on in his trademark gutsy fashion to claim third spot.

Hennessy said of the 3-1 chance: 'Philip gave him a tremendous ride and knows him better than anyone. He finished his race really well.

'He loved the good ground and quickened up well on it. He's a top-class horse and it's all systems go (for the Cheltenham Festival).

'We might bring him back for the AIG (Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on 25 January) as he didn't really have a hard race.'

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