Supasundae set for Punchestown
Last Updated: 13/01/16 10:43am
Sky Bet Supreme Novices' hopeful Supasundae is set to run in a listed race at Punchestown next rather than the Grade One Deloitte Novices' Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Last year's Weatherbys Champion Bumper sixth shed his maiden tag over hurdles at the second attempt at Leopardstown on December 27, where he beat Silver Concorde by 13 lengths in heavy ground despite a tentative leap at the first hurdle.
The Deloitte Novices' Hurdle was mentioned as a potential target in the aftermath of that race, but he looks likely to miss that target in favour of the listed I.N.H. Stallion Owners E.B.F. Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on January 31.
"I was delighted with him [at Leopardstown]," de Bromhead told sportinglife.com.
"There's a listed race at Punchestown that I'm leaning towards at the end of the month, I don't think he will go to the Deloitte, and then he'll go for the Supreme."
De Bromhead is well-placed to assess the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle as his Attribution was second to hot-favourite Min at Punchestown last Saturday, but he is hopeful Supasundae can make up into a serious contender at Cheltenham.
He said: "We know our fellow runs well on good ground as he showed when he ran well in the Champion Bumper last season.
"Min was very impressive, very good. We don't know if he goes on good ground and he was a bit keen, but he did look very good."
Supasundae is 20/1 for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle with the sponsors - click on the link for the latest betting.
Sizing John has JLT option
Meanwhile, Sizing John could finally avoid Douvan at the Cheltenham Festival.
The talented six-year-old has been beaten by Douvan on four occasions, including in the Grade One Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown on his latest start.
However, de Bromhead is thinking of stepping him up in trip at the Cheltenham Festival.
He said: "Sizing John is in good form and he'll have entries in the Arkle and the JLT. We keep bumping into Douvan but we'll see about Cheltenham, we could step him up in trip.
"He'll go straight to the Festival."