Cheltenham dream for Aintree winner Sea Sessions

Wed 8 Dec 2021

Trainer Ross O’Sullivan is aiming at the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle and dreaming of Cheltenham Festival glory with Sea Sessions following her win at Aintree on Saturday.

The three-year-old opened her jumps account at the third attempt to earn Listed success, and with a game display in difficult weather conditions on Merseyside.

O’Sullivan will probably give her one more run in the New Year before heading back across the Irish Sea for Cheltenham.

“We’d love to go to Cheltenham for the Fred Winter, the Boodles as they call it now, in March. That would be the dream,” said the County Kildare handler.

“The owner (John Robinson) is from Manchester. He goes to Cheltenham every year, apart from last year, and he would love to get a trip there. It depends on what mark she gets and if she can get in at the bottom. That would be ‘Plan A’, to head for Cheltenham.

“She will probably have a run after Christmas. We won’t go at Christmas because she’ll want a bit of recovery time after Saturday. She won’t run until the new year and if she has a run before (Cheltenham) it will just be one run.”

Reflecting on her Aintree success, O’Sullivan added: “It was great to get the black type for her. She came home well and was bucking and squealing around the paddock when she got back on Sunday morning.

“She handled conditions that day really well – the strong wind, the strong rain. She toughed it out well.”

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