Runner-up 12 months ago Supasundae can go one better in the 2019 Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle for trainer Jessica Harrington
SUPASUNDAE – 10-1 with Ladbrokes and Coral. 3.30pm Cheltenham Thursday 14th March.
With bookmakers going 7-1 the field the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle looks the most open of the championship races at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival but at the 10-1 available with Ladbrokes and Coral last year’s runner-up Supasundae looks a cracking each-way bet for the three mile contest on day 3.
Since coming home in front of his 24 rivals in the 2017 Coral Cup the Galileo gelding has proved a model of consistency, with form figures reading 232122122. Those two victories came in Grade 1 contests, the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle and Punchestown Champion Hurdle, both over two mile. The nine-year-old is equally effective over distances up to three mile and a recent second to leading Champion Hurdle contender Sharjah in the Grade 1 Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown suggests that the gelding is value in the latest Cheltenham betting odds in the run-up to the festival, unlike last season’s Stayers’ Hurdle winner Penhill.
Willie Mullins’ fragile eight-year-old was making his seasonal debut in the race last year after almost a year off and failed to follow up at Punchestown six weeks later. Over eight months have now gone by and we have yet to see the Tony Bloom-owned son of Mount Nelson who looks a dodgy proposition where ante-post betting is concerned. The horse is a 7-1 chance with William Hill but only 5-1 with those firms going non runner no bet as part of their Cheltenham betting offers.
Willie Mullins records his sixth win at this year's #TheFestival as Penhill stays on strongly to win the Stayers' Hurdle @CheltenhamRaces.— Racing TV (@RacingTV) March 15, 2018
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The admirable mare Apples Jade would be a tempting proposition at the 10-1 available with bookmakers if connections were to take advantage of the 7lb sex allowance but Tuesday’s Mares’ Hurdle is the plan as things currently stand. Emma Lavelle’s Paisley Park ( 12-1 Ladbrokes ) is unbeaten in three starts this season and should not be underestimated while the Tom George-trained Black Op ( 20-1 ) is due to revert back to the smaller obstacles after failing to impress over fences and last year’s Ballymore runner-up could prove best of those at a big price.