Sub sets his sights on Peddlers cross

ROBBIE Hennessy’s 2007 Champion Hurdle hero Sublimity is poised to lock horns with Peddlers Cross in the Victor Chandler Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso on Thursday.

Donald McCain plans to run his Champion Hurdle aspirant in the race after he missed an engagement last weekend due to a minor setback, and he could yet face a decent test of his Cheltenham credentials.

Sublimity may not be the force of old and finished last in last month’s Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown, but Hennessy is thrilled with his star performer’s condition.

“I’d say there’s a good chance he’ll travel over and I’m just hoping they don’t get too much rain,” said Hennessy.

“We have him in at Punchestown on Wednesday as well but it’s going to be bottomless there, so I’d imagine he’ll come over to Kelso if the ground isn’t too bad.

“These sorts of conditions races are what he wants really. It looks as though Peddlers Cross is going to run, but what can you do?

“The race might cut up into a small field, which would be grand.

“I’ve never been to Kelso but I’d say it’s 99% that we’ll be there next week. Everything I run in Britain seems to do quite well and we’ve been lucky enough to pick up a bit of prize-money.

“It’s not that hard for us to get to Kelso and I was watching last year’s race the other night and I saw Zaynar got beaten at 1-14, so anything can happen.

“We have to take them on. It doesn’t matter where you go, it’s not easy.

“He made a bad mistake in Leopardstown the last day and frightened the life out of himself.

“His heart was racing for about 20 minutes after the race as he’s never made a mistake before.

“He’s obviously getting on a bit now and they went very quickly that day. I think the race was seven seconds quicker than the maiden hurdle.

“But he’s in great old form and seems to have come out of the race well, so we’ll have another go with him.”

A total of 17 entries have been received for the 18-furlong contest, with McCain also leaving in Tornado Bob and Overturn, although the latter has Wincanton’s Kingwell Hurdle on his agenda.

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