Could it be a SupaThursday?

Story by Conall Collier

Friday, 8th March, 2019 7:00pm

Could it be a SupaThursday?

Robbie Power with his parents after winning at Punchestown

Robbie Power and the Jessica Harrington-trained Supasundae could be a serious challenger for the £325,000 Grade 1 Sun Racing Stayers' Hurdle (3.30pm) at Cheltenham next Thursday.

Supasundae also has the option of the Unibet Champion Hurdle on the opening day of The Festival, Champion Day on Tuesday.
 
Supasundae has not raced over three miles so far this season and on his latest start finished second behind Apple's Jade in the two-mile Grade 1 Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on 2nd February.

"Supasundae is in good form and at the moment I am leaning towards running him in the Sun Racing Stayers' Hurdle," commented the trainer.
 
"He has been such a consistent horse for us and when you look at his record, he only ever runs in Grade 1s. 

"He has won at the highest level and has also been placed on multiple occasions in Grade 1 races, so he has been a privilege to train.
 
"At the beginning of the year, I thought he would be a Champion Hurdle horse as I thought last year's renewal was quite weak, but Apple's Jade and Laurina look very talented this year, so it has helped make us lean towards the Stayers' Hurdle."

Paisley Park and Faugheen are also among 28 six-day acceptors for the race.

For the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle there could also be a Meath flavour in the form of Gordon Elliott.
 
The Summerhill man won last year with Delta Work andr looks to have another strong fancy this year in Sire Du Berlais (11st 7lb), a staying-on fourth in last season's Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.
 
The 42 confirmations also include top-weight The Mighty Don (Nick Gifford, 11st 12lb), course scorer First Assignment (Ian Williams, 11st 4lb) and the nine-year-old Walk To Freedom (Jessica Harrington IRE, 11st 10lb).
 
Davy Russell has ridden the last three winners of the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle, partnering Mall Dini in 2016 and Presenting Percy in 2017 - both trained by Pat Kelly - as well as Delta Work.

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