Supasundae v Buveur d’Air at Aintree? It’s An Interesting Option

The way the weather went for Cheltenham wasn’t ideal for some of the hopes we had in the lead up to the festival.

Fortunately of the horses that I identified as one who could struggle on the softer ground ran an absolute cracker, Supasundae. I was delighted with his run and unfortunately Penhill was just too good for him.

I think he definitely answered any questions on if he could stay or not. If the ground had been good he definitely would have picked up that bit better but he finds it tougher to find that extra bit of pace on softer ground.

He came out of the race in great nick and he’ll definitely be back this season whether it’s at Aintree over two and a half miles or we wait until Punchestown over three miles.

It would certainly be an interesting clash with Buveur d’Air if he went to Aintree.

There will be a decision made in the next week.

Our Duke
Unfortunately Our Duke just never fired on the day. I knew after jumping three fences that I was in trouble.

Perhaps it was a combination of the ground and the Gowran Park run taking a bit more out of him that we thought. He left us scratching our heads a slight bit afterwards.

He travelled home well and seems in good order so

it’s likely we’ll freshen him up now and have a good crack at the Punchestown Gold Cup.

My plans
It’s only a fortnight to the BoyleSports Irish Grand National with Aintree and Punchestown hot on the heels of that. Cheltenham may be over but there are a lot of exciting times ahead for me and some top class horses to ride.

Gordon Elliott has Jury Duty in the big race at Fairyhouse who I’ve ridden before. He didn’t really run to his best at Cheltenham with the ground being soft but off 10 stone 6 lbs he has been nicely weighted and will definitely be a good one to watch once Gordon makes his decision on whether he’ll run and who will ride him.