It could be su­per time for Sun­dae at Fes­ti­val

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SU­PA­SUN­DAE can claim his sec­ond Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val suc­cess in a fas­ci­nat­ing re­newal of the Sun Bets Stay­ers’ Hur­dle tomorrow.

With last year’s win­ner Nichols Canyon sadly no longer around, a new cham­pion of the three-mile hur­dling divi­sion will be crowned and sound cases can be made for four or five.

Yan­worth holds Su­pa­sun­dae on their pre­vi­ous meet­ing at Ain­tree last year.

How­ever, Yan­worth has not run over hur­dles since and re­turns to the smaller ob­sta­cles on the back of a mixed sea­son in a cam­paign over fences.

Sam Spin­ner would be a pop­u­lar win­ner for north­ern-based trainer Jedd O’ke­effe but is un­proven on the track, while Pen­hill is re­spected af­ter win­ning the Al­bert Bartlett here a year ago.

How­ever, Su­pa­sun­dae is also a pre­vi­ous Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val win­ner, hav­ing run out a de­ci­sive vic­tor in the Coral Cup 12 months ago and has en­joyed the per­fect prepa­ra­tion.

The eight-year-old ap­pears to be run­ning bet­ter than ever judged on his de­feat of Faugh­een in last month’s Ir­ish Cham­pion Hur­dle at Leop­ard­stown.

While there are doubts over whether he will be as ef­fec­tive back at three miles, both trainer Jes­sica Har­ring­ton and jockey Rob­bie Power dis­played en­thu­si­asm dur­ing a re­cent sta­ble visit.

The Ryanair Chase looks at the mercy of de­fend­ing cham­pion Un De Sceaux.

The 10-year-old has a tremen­dous record, hav­ing won 20 of his 26 ca­reer starts. There is no sug­ges­tion his pow­ers are on the wane af­ter he claimed a his­toric third vic­tory in the Clarence House Chase at As­cot in Jan­uary.

In four pre­vi­ous vis­its to Prest­bury Park he has won this race, the Arkle Tro­phy and a re-ar­ranged Clarence House Chase, as well as fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Sprinter Sacre in the Queen Mother Cham­pion Chase.

With con­di­tions in his favour, he should prove very hard to beat.

Ter­refort gets the nod in what does not look a vin­tage re­newal of the JLT Novices’ Chase.

Nicky Hen­der­son’s French im­port made a mock­ery of an open­ing mark of 137 on his Bri­tish de­but at Hunt­ing­don in Jan­uary and knuck­led down well to fol­low up in last month’s Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown, see­ing off sub­se­quent win­ner Cyr­name.

Con­nec­tions were ini­tially luke­warm on the idea of a Fes­ti­val ap­pear­ance. How­ever, with the ground be­ing right and no real su­per­stars up against him, it is no sur­prise they have been tempted into let­ting him take his chance and a bold bid is an­tic­i­pated.

The Gor­don El­liott-trained Glen­loe looks a po­ten­tial blot on the hand­i­cap in the Pertemps Fi­nal, while King’s Socks is of ma­jor in­ter­est for the David Pipe team in the Brown Ad­vi­sory & Merriebelle Sta­ble Plate.

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