Hennessy Hoping for Fighting Chance
Sporting Life - 2008-11-29

Robbie Hennessy would support a rescheduling of the wbx.com "Fighting Fifth" Hurdle with his stable star Sublimity after Newcastle's meeting was abandoned due to frost, writes Nick Robson.

Hennessy, who took over the training of the former Champion Hurdle winner from John Carr, has yet to have his first runner under rules.

The fledgling trainer had already suffered an interrupted week with Sublimity's usual jockey Philip Carberry breaking his collarbone in a fall in France, and now his long-term target has been abandoned.

"I'm a bit sick, what a week I've had!" said Hennessy. "I had a walk around the track at 7.30am and I knew there wasn't much chance of it being on.

"The parts with a good covering of grass were fine, but there were some rough patches that were rock-solid like concrete.

"What can you do? They are talking about maybe rescheduling it for next weekend at either Chepstow or Sandown.

 "They are going to ring all the connections of the declared horses and see what they all want to do.

"It would be a shame to lose it - it looked the ideal race for a lot of us.

"I'd come back over next weekend with him because it is still likely to be better ground than we would have in Ireland, so we'll just have to wait and see. If not, I'll have to have a good think about it.

"I've got nothing for this week so if it's on next weekend he will still be my first runner."


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