Super Duty: will be partnered by Derek O'Connor in Kim MuirPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
O'Connor booked for Super Duty in Kim Muir
IRELAND'S record-breaking champion amateur Derek O'Connor has been booked to ride joint-favourite Super Duty in the Kim Muir Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
The nine-time champion point-to-point rider gained his first festival win on Chicago Grey in the 2011 National Hunt Chase and went on to land the following day's Christie's Foxhunter Chase on Zemsky, leaving the Kim Muir as the only amateur race at the meeting that O'Connor has not won.
On Wednesday he revealed in his exclusive Racing Post Point-To-Point Weekly column that Super Duty, no bigger than 12-1 for the Kim Muir, while also holding entries for the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase, Jewson and RSA, was this year's mount.
O'Connor said: "After getting the call up for the ride on Rival D'Estruval in the National Hunt Chase a few weeks ago, I am pleased to report that I have been booked to ride Super Duty in the Kim Muir.
"Donald McCain is a trainer I'm very fond of and he seems happy with Super Duty. He looks as though the trip will suit him and I'm hoping he'll go very close."
Earlier this month Nina Carberry was provisionally booked to partner the Gordon Elliott-trained Romanesco in the same event.