Sutton Place takes Naas prize
Sutton Place shrugged off an absence of over 300 days to run out a convincing winner of the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas.
Sutton Place defied a lengthy absence
The market seemed to suggest the Grade Three contest was between Supasundae and Ivan Grozny, who filled the first two places for much of the early stages of the race, but Mark Walsh eased Sutton Place into contention on the home turn.
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Travelling supremely well under a motionless Walsh, Gordon Elliott's 4/1 chance reeled in Supasundae at the last and charged home to score by seven and a half lengths.
Elliott said: "I'd say he's a fair one and you'd like the way he has galloped to the line. He has improved a good bit from last year and has got stronger and he's a horse for jumping fences down the road.
"There's no chance he'll run in the Newbury race as he's a horse for next year. I'll talk to Frank (Berry, owner JP McManus' racing manager).
"We might keep him at home (instead of going to Cheltenham), but we'll talk to the lads and see."
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