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Flat-bred Sublimity wins Leopardstown Grade 1

SUBLIMITY gained his first victory since the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2007 when running out a convincing winner of the December Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown.

The eight-year-old gelding provided his trainer Robbie Hennessy with his first win under Rules since he took out a professional licence less than two months ago.

Sublimity was bred by Stratford Place and Watership Down Studs to be a top-class performer on the Flat. He is as a son of Lanwades Stud veteran Selkirk, sire of the likes of Pipedreamer and Kastoria, and the 14-year-old Miswaki mare Fig Tree Drive.

Sublimity was originally purchased at Tattersalls as a yearling for 210,000gns by Charlie Gordon-Watson on behalf of Saeed Suhail.

The horse did achieve a good level of form for trainer Sir Michael Stoute – he won the Listed Doncaster Mile and the Listed Alleged Stakes – but he fell just short of top-class and was sold as a four-year-old to John Carr for just 32,000gns.

It was for Carr that Sublimity won the Champion Hurdle last year. He was subsequently transferred to be trained by the son of his owner, Bill Hennessy.

Sublimity's year-younger half-brother by Linamix is Marbush, a Group 3 winner at the Dubai International Racing Carnival in 2006. Estate, another half-brother by Montjeu, also crossed over from the Flat to win the Dee Hurdle at Bangor in 2006.

Fig Tree Drive also has a rising three-year-old daughter by Pivotal and a rising two-year-old son by Sadler's Wells, who was purchased by Ashtown House Stud as a foal for 100,000gns.





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