Coral Cup: Supasundae gets his just deserts
Supasundae ridden by Robbie Power
Supasundae gets his just deserts in Coral Cup By Keith Melrose 2:49PM 15 MAR 2017
Report: Cheltenham, Wednesday
Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3), 2m5f26yds, 4yo+
THE form of last year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle was boosted again in the Coral Cup, not by favourite Tombstone but Supasundae, who swept to success for Robbie Power, Jessica Harrington and Alan and Ann Potts.
The field were taken along in the early stages at a good clip by the Willie Mullins-trained Bravissimo, but the field bunched up at the top of the hill and several still held a chance turning in.
Supasundae shot clear approaching the last, and though Taquin Du Seuil emerged from the pack to give a spirited chase, the winner held on to a two-length lead at the line. Who Dares Wins was third, with Monksland fourth and Scoir Mear coming from the clouds to take fifth.
Power said after the race: "It's the first time this season he's had good ground. He's a Galileo and he really needs it to be like this. We fancied him a bit at Navan the last time but he got bogged down in the ground.
"It's great for Alan and Ann. They're new owners in the yard and it's great to reward them with a big winner."
He added of his mount: "He had good bumper form, he beat Yanworth in one, and he's come good now. We'll have to see now whether we stick with handicaps, but graded races would also be an option."
Power had not ridden a Cheltenham Festival winner since Bostons Angel took the RSA in 2011 and said: "I'd almost forgotten what it felt like to ride a winner here!"
Harrington, whose last festival winner had been Jezki in the Champion Hurdle, said: "We only inherited this lad this year from Henry De Bromhead and it's great for him to get a Cheltenham win.
"He'd run in the Champion Bumper and been fifth in last year's Supreme, so he clearly likes it around here and we knew he'd do better than on his last run, when he just got stuck in the mud."