The fabulous Rock On Ruby (9g Oscar-Stony View, by Tirol) returned to the scene of his 2012 G1 Champion Hurdle success on Saturday when showing great determination to win the G2 Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Noel Fehily partnered the son of Oscar to a two and a quarter lengths success over an extended two and a half miles.
“He’s just a great horse and I love him to bits,” said Fehily. “He’s one of those horses that would go through the pain barrier for you – he’s just so tough. He travelled brilliantly today, he jumped great and just loves it around Cheltenham. I think this year he stays a bit further but he’s still not slow.”
Trainer Harry Fry is in no rush to decide whether the nine-year-old, who was bred by John O’Dwyer, will step upon trip for the G1 World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
“It’s great to see him back in the winner’s enclosure at Cheltenham. While he’s obviously not a slow horse, this is more his trip nowadays. I won’t make a commitment yet over the World Hurdle,” Fry told PA Sport.
“There’s a race over a similar distance as this back here on New Year’s Day and we’ll come back for that first. The conditions of the race suited him perfectly today, so it’s good that he won. Aintree is another option for him at the end of the season, having run so well there last season.”