Big field set to contest Stayers' Hurdle

Tue 13th Mar 2018, 11:20

photoSupasundae and Robbie Power
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Sam Spinner and Supasundae are among 17 horses declared for the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Thursday.

The Jedd O'Keeffe-trained Sam Spinner heads ante-post lists, with the prospect of testing conditions of no concern for the Long Walk Hurdle winner.

Supasundae bids for his second Festival success for Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power. Last year's Coral Cup hero returns to three miles having claimed the scalp of Faugheen in the Irish Champion Hurdle over two miles at Leopardstown last month.

Yanworth is sent back over hurdles by Alan King following a mixed novice campaign over fences. The eight-year-old is one of two runners for leading owner JP McManus along with Unowhatimeanharry from Harry Fry's yard.

Willie Mullins struck gold with Nichols Canyon 12 months ago. This year the Closutton handler fires a four-pronged assault with Bacardys, Penhill, Augusta Kate and Let's Dance all in contention.

Other hopefuls include the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained pair of The New One and Wholestone.

Gordon Elliott has declared Apple's Jade, but she is set to defend her crown in Tuesday's OLBG Mares' Hurdle.

7 declared for Ryanair Including Douvan

Un De Sceaux will face a maximum of six rivals as he attempts to defend his Ryanair Chase title at Cheltenham on Thursday.

THE IRISH TIMES