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Cheltenham Festival - Quevega_120x120
Group 3, Cheltenham 14:50
Handicap Hurdle
£95,000 added, 4yo plus,
2m 5f 26y, Class 1    
Wednesday 15th March 2017

1 Supasundae 16/1
2 Taquin Du Seuil 12-1
3 Who Dares Wins 33-1
4 Monksland 66-1
NR: Carrig Cathal
25 ran Distances: 2l, 2½l, 1l
TIME 5m 4.60s (slow by 10.60s)

Jessica Harrington's Supasundae lands the Coral Cup

Supasundae
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Supasundae

Jessica Harrington became the most successful female trainer ever at the Festival after Supasundae claimed a decisive two length victory in the Coral Cup.

Always travelling well throughout the two mile and five furlong contest under Robbie Power, the seven-year-old son of Galileo travelled powerfully entering the home straight and found plenty for pressure after winging the final flight to draw away from second-placed Taquin Du Seuil, trained by Jonjo O'Neill. Alan King's Who Dares Wins was a further two and a half-lengths back in third, whilst Noel Meade's 66/1 chance Monskland was a length behind in fourth.

Harrington was level with Jenny Pitman on eight Festival winners coming into the this year's meeting, but Supasundae's success now makes Harrington The Festival's winning-most female trainer with nine victories.

The gelding was originally trained by Andrew Balding before he was purchased by Ann & Alan Potts, going on to finish sixth in the 2015 Weatherbys Champion Bumper and seventh in the 2016 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at The Festival for Henry De Bromhead.

Switched to Harrington's yard this season, the trainer was delighted with the horse's performance, commenting:

"I've taken time to get to know him. He has run well on his last two runs but was just getting stuck in the mud and the more it dried out, I thought he would be a different horse on good ground. He is Flat-bred and really liked that good ground.

"He's run in the Champion Bumper and Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Festival so it's good that a horse can come here where he has run before and he was just brilliant today.

"Robbie gave him a lovely ride. He was always where he wanted to be, had a little bit of space and was just off the pace.

"It is absolutely fantastic. I inherited Supasundae this season from Henry de Bromhead.

"I don't know where Supasundae will go next. He might just step up to Graded company, I don't know whether he will be good enough or we may just go for another handicap."

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The Coral Cup
£95,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 5f 26y, Class 1
25 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

Pos Dist Horse SP Weight Jockey Trainer Age
1st Supasundae 16/1 11-4 R M Power Mrs J Harrington 7
2nd 2 Taquin Du Seuil (FR) 12/1 11-4 Aidan Coleman Jonjo O'Neill 10
3rd 2&frac12 Who Dares Wins (IRE) 33/1 11-2 Wayne Hutchinson A King 5
4th 1 Monksland (IRE) 66/1 11-3 D Meyler (3) N Meade 10
5th &frac12 Scoir Mear (IRE) 20/1 10-8 D J Mullins T Mullins 7
6th nk Modus 16/1 11-12 Stan Sheppard (5) P F Nicholls 7
7th nk Old Guard 20/1 11-6 Sam Twiston-Davies P F Nicholls 6
8th nse Tin Soldier (FR) 5/1 10-10 R Walsh W P Mullins 6
9th 1&frac12 River Frost 25/1 10-13 Tom Cannon A King 5
10th 2 Kalondra (IRE) 20/1 11-3 N D Fehily N P Mulholland 6
11th nk Peregrine Run (IRE) 7/1 10-12 R Loughran Peter Fahey 7
12th 1&frac14 Automated 16/1 10-12 J W Kennedy G Elliott 6
13th 4 Hawk High (IRE) 25/1 10-10 B Hughes T D Easterby 7
14th 1 Mister Miyagi (IRE) 16/1 11-5 Harry Skelton D Skelton 8
15th 7 Morello Royale (IRE) 100/1 10-10 T J O'Brien C L Tizzard 7
16th 1 Waxies Dargle 50/1 11-2 S W Flanagan N Meade 8
17th 4&frac12 Leoncavallo (IRE) 66/1 10-10 Mr Alex Ferguson (7) B Pauling 5
18th 1&frac14 Thomas Hobson 50/1 11-1 D E Mullins W P Mullins 7
19th 6 Hargam (FR) 14/1 10-10 Nico de Boinville N J Henderson 6
20th &frac12 Sure Reef (IRE) 40/1 10-6 M P Fogarty W P Mullins 8
21st &frac34 Bravissimo (FR) 33/1 10-6 Ms K Walsh W P Mullins 6
22nd 1&frac34 Tombstone (IRE) 7/2f 11-5 B J Cooper G Elliott 7
23rd 44 Robinshill (IRE) 100/1 10-9 Jamie Bargary (3) N A Twiston-Davies 6
NR Carrig Cathal 25/1 10-6 D F O'Regan G Elliott 6
Also Ran: The Romford Pele (IRE) , Allblak Des Places (FR)

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ALL POWER TO SUPASUNDAE

Robbie Power returned to The Festival's winners' spot for the first time in six years following Supasundae's success in The Coral Cup.

His only victory before this one came on this day in 2011 when he won the RSA Chase on Bostons Angel, like Supasundae, trained by Jessica Harrington.

Power took additional pleasure in wearing the colours of Ann and Alan Potts, who sent horses to Harrington for the first time this season. The winning jockey said: "I have nearly forgotten what it is like to win a race here. To have a Festival win for the Potts in their first season with us is fantastic.

"I said before the race the main priority was to get a good position and find a bit of room in a 25-runner handicap, which wasn't going to be easy. I got a perfect run - he jumped the first a bit slow but after that I got a lovely run the whole way. He's been running on heavy ground in Ireland all winter, and I was sure he would improve for better ground, and that's how it worked out.

"He beat Monksland on New Year's Eve and was then second and fourth to J P's good horse Sutton Place on heavy ground. He got bogged down, but I said then, 'Let's go to the Coral Cup'. He has travelled over to give Sizing John [a Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup contender] a bit of company - he's best mates with him. It's great to get one winner, and fingers crossed we get another."

COLEMAN DELIGHTED BY TAQUIN

Aidan Coleman rode Taquin Du Seuil, trained by Jonjo O'Neill, into second place in the Coral Cup. The 12/1 chance finished two lengths behind the winner, Supasundae.

Coleman said: "I'm absolutely delighted - he gave me a great ride. He travelled, and followed the winner the whole way. He's a brilliant horse who has won a BetVictor Gold Cup [at Cheltenham's 2016 Open meeting] and finished second in a Coral Cup - I couldn't be happier with him.

O'Neill added: "It was a good run and I'm very happy with him."

Third Who Dares Wins, the bravely named Jeremy gelding who is a genuine dual purpose sort, having run and won on the Flat as well as over hurdles, ran up to his mark and more but couldn't overcome the winner Supasundae and second Taquin Du Seuil.

Trained by Alan King at Barbury Castle for the HP Racing Who Dares Wins partnership, the five-year-old could well be heading back for the flat after this run.

Henry Ponsonby, the manager of the partnership, said: "We haven't discussed future plans yet but we very much have our eye on the flat next. The Chester Cup is a possibility, whether he will get there off 92 I am not sure but he has won on his only start there. Also races like the Ascot Stakes and maybe even the Ebor, he is very good on the Flat.

"Wayne (Hutchinson) gave him a super ride too, giving him daylight as he doesn't like to be crowded.

"We are thrilled, we thought he was a bit high in the handicap but to come here and be placed is wonderful. He won the Gerry Feilden (Newbury, Nov, 2016) but this is a far better race. He had seven or eight pounds to find but it was worth coming.

King added: "We are delighted up in the van all the way and no excuses. He has run a mighty race. He is probably a few pounds too high to win one of these but he has run incredibly well and everyone is delighted."

CORAL CUP (HANDICAP HURDLE) PREVIOUS RESULTS

2016-WINNER-DIAMOND KING 8-11-03 Owner-Diana Whateley; Trainer-Gordon Eliott IRE; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-12/1
2ND-Long House Hall 8-10-08 Owner-J D Duggan; Trainer-Dan Skelton; Jockey-Harry Skelton; SP-16/1
3RD-Ubak 8-10-12 Owner-Nick Peacock; Trainer-Gary Moore; Jockey-Joshua Moore; SP-28/1
4TH-Blazer 5-10-09 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-8/1
26 ran, Time-5m 2.90s, Dist-1¼, nk, ½ 15/2 Fav Rock The Kasbah (22nd)

2015-WINNER-AUX PTITS SOINS 5-10-07 Owner-John Hales; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Sam Twiston-Davies; SP-9/1
2ND-Zabana 6-10-12 Owner-Chris Jones; Trainer-Andrew Lynch IRE; Jockey-Robbie Colgan; SP-25/1
3RD-Activial 5-11-01 Owner-Potensis Bloodstock Ltd; Trainer-Harry Fry; Jockey-Noel Fehily; SP-17/2 Fav
4TH-Taglietelle 6-10-08 Owner-Olduvai Syndicate; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-14/1
25 ran, Time-5m 7.45s; Dist-nk, nk, ½

2014-WINNER-WHISPER 6-11-06 Owner-Walters Plant Hire Ltd; Trainer-Nicky Hendersonl; Jockey-Nico de Boinville; SP-14/1
2ND-Get Me Out Of Here 10-11-06 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-12/1
3RD-Bayan 5-10-10 Owner-Core Syndicate; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Davy Condon; SP-11/1
4TH-Smashing 5-11-01 Owner-Ann & Alan Potts Partnership; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Andrew Lynch; SP-25/1
28 ran, Time- 4m 58.70s; Dist-sh, 2¼, 1¼ 8/1 Fav Dell’ Arca (5th)

2013-WINNER-MEDINAS 6-11-10 Owner-Mr & Mrs F D Bell; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Wayne Hutchinson; SP-33/1
2ND-Meister Eckhart 7-11-05 Owner-Atlantic Equine; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Aidan Coleman; SP-14/1
3RD-Fiveforthree 11-11-11 Owner-Olde Crowbars Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Paul Townend; SP-20/1
4TH-Master Of The Sea 6-11-04 Owner-R J Rexton; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Sam Twiston-Davies; SP-10/1
28 ran, Time- 5m 11.10s; Dist-2, nse, 3 6/1 Fav Pendra (17th)

2012-WINNER-SON OF FLICKA 8-10-06 Owner-Twenty Four Seven Recruitment; Trainer-Donald McCain; Jockey-Jason Maguire; SP-16/1
2ND-Get Me Out Of Here 8-11-12 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-A P McCoy; SP-6/1 Jt Fav
3RD-Veiled 6-10-08 Owner-Pump & Plant Services Ltd; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-David Bass; SP-25/1
4TH-Silverhand 8-10-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-25/1
28 ran, Time-5m 0.40s; Dist-3½, 2, ¾ 6/1 Jt Fav Balgarry (7th)

2011-WINNER-CARLITO BRIGANTE 5-11-00 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-16/1
2ND-Bothy 5-10-07 Owner-Dan Gilbert; Trainer-Brian Ellison; Jockey-Danny Cook; SP-12/1
3RD-Orsippus 5-10-08 Owner-Sandra Smith; Trainer-Michael Smith; Jockey-Davy Condon; SP-33/1
4TH-Battle Group 6-10-09 Owner-Jolly Boys Outing; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-33/1
22 ran, Time-5m 9.30s; Dist-6, ½, 2¼ 7/2 Fav Call The Police (11th)

2010-WINNER-SPIRIT RIVER 5-11-02 Owner-Michael Buckley; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-14/1
2ND-Tullamore Dew 8-10-10 Owner-Tullamore Dew; Trainer-Nick Gifford; Jockey-Liam Treadwell; SP-80/1
3RD-James De Vassy 5-11-04 Owner-Jakeman, Barrett, Booth & Ferrand; Trainer-Nick Williams; Jockey-Daryl Jacob; SP16/1
4TH-Micheal Flips 6-11-07 Owner-Martin Tedham; Trainer-Andy Turnell; Jockey-Nick Scholfield; SP-33/1 28 ran, Time-5m 13.50s; Dist-4½, 2¾ , 1/2 7/1 Fav Deutschland (12th)

2009-WINNER-NINETIETH MINUTE 6-10-03 Owner-Dermot Cox; Trainer-Tom Taaffe IRE; Jockey-Paddy Flood; SP-14/1
2ND-Mirage Dore 6-9-11 Owner-Mr & Mrs Duncan Davidson; Trainer-Lucinda Russell; Jockey-Mrs Rose Dobbin; SP-14/1
3RD-Pause And Clause 5-9-11 Owner-Robert Cohen; Trainer-Emma Lavelle; Jockey-Jack Doyle; SP-9/1
4TH-Star Of Angels 5-9-11 Owner-Roger Brookhouse; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Hadden Frost; SP-40/1 27 ran, Time-5m 13.50s; Dist-1½, ½, 7 6/1 Fav The Polomoche (10th)

2008-WINNER-NAIAD DU MISSELOT 7-10-13 Owner-Hill, Trembath, Bryan & Outhart; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-7/1
2ND-Kicks For Free 7-11-12 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-11/1
3RD-Junior 5-11-02 Owner-Paul Green; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP12/1
4TH-Mendo 8-11-00 Owner-Mrs M C Sweeney; Trainer-Noel Chance; Jockey-Tom Siddall; SP14/1 24 ran, Time-5m 5.10s; Dist-nse, 1½, 3½ 11/2 Fav County Zen (18th)

2007-WINNER-BURNTOAKBOY 9-09-12 Owner-Dr Richard & Laura Newland; Trainer-Dr Richard Newland; Jockey-Sam Jones; SP-10/1
2ND-Powerstation 7-11-00 Owner-Fat Frog Syndicate; Trainer-Michael John Phillips IRE; Jockey-Denis O’Regan; SP-12/1
3RD-Baron De Feypo 9-10-03 Owner-Rita Shah; Trainer-Oliver Brady; Jockey-Niki O’Shea; SP-20/1
4TH-Oscatello 7-10-08 Owner-Rye Braune; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-8/1
28 ran, Time-5m 07.10s; Dist-3, 5, 1½ 6/1 Fav Copsale Lad (16th)

2006-WINNER SKY’S THE LIMIT 5-11-12 Owner-Raymond Rooney; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-11/1
2ND-Strangely Brown 5-11-03 Owner-We Didn’t Name Him Syndicate; Trainer-Eric McNamara IRE; Jockey-Brian Byrnes; SP-25/1
3RD-Dom D’Orgeval 6-11-12 Owner-Jane Williams; Trainer-Nick Williams; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-20/1
4TH-Phar Bleu 5-11-06 Owner-The Stewart Family; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-10/1
30 ran, Time-5m 02.50s; Dist-4, .75, nk 5/1 Fav No Where To Hyde (Fell)

2005-WINNER-IDOLE FIRST 6-10-10 Owner-Direct Sales UK Ltd; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Alan O’Keeffe; SP-33/1
2ND-Dancing Bay 8-11-01 Owner-Elite Racing Club; Trainer-Nicky Richards; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-14/1
3RD-Tumbling Dice 6-11-01 Owner-Mrs John Donegan; Trainer-Tom Taaffe IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-16/1
4TH-Covent Garden 7-10-07 Owner-Ada Partnership; Trainer-Howard Johnson; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP-14/1
29 ran, Time-5m 04.80s; Dist-5, 6, 5 100/30 Fav Distant Prospect (9th)

2004-WINNER-MONKERHOSTIN 7-10-08 Owner-Martin St Quinton; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-13/2
2ND-Court Shareef 9-9-11 Owner-Derek and Cheryl Holder; Trainer-Richard Price; Jockey-Wayne Hutchinson; SP-200/1
3RD-Rhinestone Cowboy 8-11-05 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Mr J P Magnier; SP-5/1 Fav
4TH-Mughas 5-10-05 Owner-B Winfield, C Fenton & A Longman; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-11/2
27 ran, Time-4m 59.50s; Dist-1, 1 1/4, 2 1/2

2003-WINNER-XENOPHON 7-11-00 Owner-Lane Syndicate; Trainer-Tony Martin IRE; Jockey-Mick FitzGerald; SP-4/1 Fav
2ND-Samon 6-11-03 Owner-The Macca & Growler Partnership; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-David Casey; SP-25/1
3RD-Spectrometer 6-11-08 Owner-Concertina Racing; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-10/1
4TH-Emotional Moment 6-11-04 Owner-Watercork Syndicate; Trainer-Tom Taaffe; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-7/1
27 ran, Time-5m 4.30s, Dist-3.5, 1, 3

2002-WINNER-ILNAMAR 6-10-05 Owner-Joe Moran; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Rodi Greene; SP-25/1
2ND-Joss Naylor 7-10-00 Owner-Darren Mercer; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Liam Cooper; SP-13/2
3RD-Master Tern 7-10-03 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP-8/1
4TH-Stromness 5-10-03 Owner-Lady Harris; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-12/1
27 ran, Time-5m 15.0s, Dist-8, 3, 4 11/2 Fav Golden Alpha (26th)

2001 - No Race (Foot and Mouth Disease)

2000-WINNER-WHAT’S UP BOYS 6-10-03 Owner-RJB Partners; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Mr Paul Flynn; SP-33/1
2ND-Native Dara 7-10-04 Owner-Oriel Two Syndicate; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-25/1
3RD-Ross Moff 7-10-03 Owner-Seamus Ross; Trainer-Tony Martin IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-15/2
4TH-Vanilla Man 7-10-00 Owner-Mrs Paul Duffin; Trainer-Paddy Mullins IRE; Jockey-Tommy Treacy; SP-25/1
26 ran, Time-4m 53.80s, Dist-nk, 3, 2, 7/1 Fav Brandon Court (5th)

1999-WINNER KHAYRAWANI 7-11-03 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Fran Berry; SP-16/1
2ND-Miltonfield 10-10-00 Owner-J C Savage; Trainer-John Mulhern IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-33/1
3RD-Generosa 6-10-10 Owner-Trish Hyde; Trainer-John Hassett IRE; Jockey-Tommy Treacy; SP-12/1
4TH-Darapour 5-10-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-14/1
30 ran, Time-5m 6.6s, Dist-hd, nk, 5 13/2 Fav Archive Footage (25th)

1998-WINNER-TOP CEES 8-10-00 Owner-Charlton Bloodstock Ltd; Trainer-Lynda Ramsden; Jockey-Barry Fenton; SP-11/1
2ND-Khayrawani 6-10-06 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Fran Berry; SP-20/1
3RD-Royal Marine 6-10-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Arthur Moore IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer;SP-10/1
4TH-Like A Lion 7-10-00 Owner-Orla Finucane; Trainer-Donald Swan IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-12/1
21 ran, Time-5m 1.1s, Dist-1.25, .75, 1 6/1 Fav Daraydan (10th)

1997-WINNER-BIG STRAND 8-10-00 Owner-E C Jones; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Jamie Evans; SP-16/1
2ND-Allegation 7-11-06 Owner-Martin Pipe Racing Club; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-20/1
3RD-Castle Sweep 6-12-00 Owner-Lord Vestey; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-14/1
4TH-Tullymurry Toff 6-10-10 Owner-John Wilson and J H Riley; Trainer-Malcolm Jefferson; Jockey-Eddie Callaghan;
SP-9/2 Fav 28 ran, Time-4m 57.0s, Dist-sh, hd, 1

1996-WINNER-TRAINGLOT 9-10-03 Owner-Marquesa de Moratalla; Trainer-Jimmy FitzGerald; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-11/2
2ND-Treasure Again 7-10-00 Owner-J H Gwynne; Trainer-Merrita Jones; Jockey-Derek Byrne; SP-9/1
3RD-New Co 8-10-07 Owner-Mrs L C Ronan and Anne Daly; Trainer-Mouse Morris IRE; SP-9/1
4TH-Barna Boy 8-10-02 Owner-Lynn Wilson; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick FitzGerald; SP-16/1
20 ran, Time-5m 12.2s, Dist-hd, 1.25, 2 7/2 Fav Time For A Run (8th)

1995-WINNER-CHANCE COFFEY 10-10-00 Owner-Paddy O'Donnell; Trainer-Pat O'Donnell IRE; Jockey-Gerry O'Neill; SP-11/1
2ND-Derrymoyle 6-10-10 Owner-Herb Stanley; Trainer-Michael Cunningham IRE; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-12/1
3RD-Time For A Run 8-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Edward O'Grady IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-10/1
4TH-Collier Bay 5-10-06 Owner-Wally Sturt; Trainer-Jim Old; Jockey-Tom Grantham; SP-7/1
30 ran, Time-5m 18.4s, Dist-3.5, sh, 3 6/1 Fav Lemon’s Mill (17th)

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