Thu 4 April, 2019
SUPASUNDAE (GB) on Thursday made it third-time lucky in the Betway Aintree Hurdle with a terrific victory in an absorbing renewal of the Grade 1 on Merseyside.
Sent off a 15-2 chance for trainer Jessica Harrington, the Newsells Park-bred nine-year-old showed guts and class in equal measure to lower the colours of last year’s winner BUVEUR D’AIR by a length and a quarter.
He had previously finished second in the last two renewals of the Aintree Hurdle. Supasundae was claiming a third Grade One of his career, having won the Punchestown Champion Hurdle and the Irish Champion in 2018.
Harrington’s inmate was bred at Newsells Park, near Royston in Hertfordshire, out of Swettenham Stud mare DISTINCTIVE LOOK. He was first offered at Tattersalls October Book 1 in 2011 and was subsequently purchased for the late Ann and Alan Potts by bloodstock agent Alex Elliott.
Julian Dollar, Newsells Park general manager, said:
“With that pedigree, he was meant to be a Derby winner, but it’s nonetheless a wonderful outcome for everyone concerned.
“It’s nice to see a horse like that right at the top of his game.
“He’s a good, tough horse and it’s lovely to see he’s still giving so much pleasure to so many people.”
Winning jockey Robbie Power added:
“He is a very tough horse and he never gets the credit he deserves. He is a superhero of a horse and deserves this moment.
“I was comfortable towards the end of the race as knew he would keep fighting.”