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Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Stayers' fancy Supasundae in line for surprise Irish Champion Hurdle warm-up

Supasundae leads Apple's Jade at Leopardstown before going down by only half a length to the top-class mare
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Jessica Harrington is nothing if not enterprising and her decision – revealed on Wednesday – to aim Supasundae at the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 3 in preparation for the Sun Bet Stayers' Hurdle is sure to raise a few eyebrows. 

Supasundae, winner of last season's Coral Cup at Cheltenham, was collared by Apple's Jade only in the final few strides of the Christmas Hurdle over three miles and is second favourite behind Sam Spinner for the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham, but his next start will be over the minimum trip at Leopardstown.

Explaining the move, Harrington said: "Supasundae will run in the Irish Champion Hurdle as I'm keen to run him over two miles to sharpen him up. 

"The only option over three miles is the Galmoy at Gowran Park on Thyestes Chase day, but the ground is usually bottomless there and he hates that, so I don't want to go for that.

"The long-term aim is the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham and I think he's got a great chance in it. The Irish Champion Hurdle should leave him spot on for it. He'll then head on to Aintree again. He just loves good ground."

Supasundae will be joined by stablemate Forge Meadow in the Irish Champion Hurdle.

Harrington added: "She doesn't like travelling, so she definitely won't be going to Cheltenham. We'll potter around Ireland and let her take her chance in the Irish Champion Hurdle.

"She's a very good mare and ran very well behind Let's Dance at Leopardstown over Christmas."

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Supasundae will run in the Irish Champion Hurdle. I'm keen to run him over two miles to sharpen him up
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