IT’S hard to believe that it has been 13 years since Sublimity stormed home at Cheltenham to beat Brave Inca by three lengths in the Champion Hurdle. The prolific Grade 1 performer also scored at the highest level in the Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown, lost out by just a head to Punjabi in the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Wetherby, and was in the frame in various other top-level contests, including when third to Solwhit in the Irish Champion Hurdle.

That talented gelding also did well on the flat, winning the Listed Doncaster Mile and the Curragh’s 10-furlong Listed Alleged Stakes. He was trained in turn by Sir Michael Stoute, John Carr and Robert Hennessy, and is the most famous jumper sired by the brilliant miler and notable classic sire Selkirk (Sharpen Up), who spent his career at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket.