Jessica Harrington insists Supasundae goes for Stayers' Hurdle

Sun 4 Feb 2018

Trainer Jessica Harrington gave updates on Supasundae, Jezki and Sizing John when interviewed by Nick Luck on Luck On Sunday.

Dublin Racing Festival - Day One - Leopardstown Races Supasundae, left, got the better of Faugheen on Saturday (Racingfotos)

By staff

Jessica Harrington reiterated on Racing UK on Sunday her intention to run Supasundae in the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham next month.

The eight-year-old put up a career-best performance to get the better of Faugheen in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Saturday, sparking suggestions he could be supplemented for the Unibet Champion Hurdle.

Harrington, however, was firm in her view the three-mile showpiece on March 15 would be his destination at the Festival, and that assertion had not changed on Sunday morning when she was interviewed by Nick Luck on Luck On Sunday.

She said: "I said to Robert (Power) to stalk Faugheen all the way, if Faugheen is Faugheen we won't win but we've got a good chance of finishing in the money.

"Faugheen led on Saturday, he (Supasundae) got a grand run in the race, he wasn't hassled, just stalking Faugheen, so I think he got the run of the race instead of having to make the running as he did at Christmas and then got pounced on by Apple's Jade.

"He definitely goes for the Stayers'. We're better off going for the three-miler, I know he stays three miles and I'm very happy to go there, especially as the ground will be drier in Cheltenham and it will suit him even better."

Supasundae is quoted between 5-2 and 4-1 for the Stayers' Hurdle.

She added: "I think he has (improved). His jumping has really improved, he wasn't a very natural jumper, even when he was with Henry (de Bromhead) he wasn't that fluent over his hurdles. This year he has just gone on improving and improving."

Supasundae's stablemate Jezki was fourth, and Harrington was pleased with the performance of the 2014 Champion Hurdle hero.

Punchestown Racecourse Gold Cup hero Sizing John "seems to be in great form" (PA)

She said: "I was delighted with him, coming back to two miles with blinkers on.

"Before the last he showed that little bit of snap and dash, he might just have got a bit tired on the ground but he will improve with better ground and I'd say he'll most likely go to Aintree and Punchestown.

"He has no entry in Cheltenham."

Harrington also had news of reigning Cheltenham Gold Cup king Sizing John, who is reported to be back in good shape following a perplexing defeat in the Leopardstown Christmas Chase, when only a well-beaten seventh to Road To Respect.

She said: "He seems to be in great form. I saw him out there early this morning and I was delighted with him, really pleased.

"We did all sorts of tests on him and everything else, we tweaked this and tweaked that and I just think he's now come back into good form and let's hope he continues that way until Cheltenham."

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