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Jessica Harrington: “Sandymount Duke will miss the Aintree National”

April 2, 2019

UNFORTUNATELY, Sandymount Duke will miss the Aintree National – it’s nothing serious, but he’s met with a little setback, so he won’t be running.

Magic Of Light will, however, take her chance and she jumped the National fences on The Curragh brilliantly last week.

She will be my first runner in the race and she’ll be ridden by Paddy Kennedy. He knows her well and it’s great for Paddy, who has been with me a for a long time and he’s a tireless worker and she will be his first ride in the National.

We’ve opted to run Supasunade in the two and a half mile Grade 1 on Thursday.

He’ll love the likely good ground and I’ve been very happy with him since Cheltenham. It looks a very hot contest, but we won it before with Jezki back in 2015 and we know that Supasundae likes the track, and he was second in this race last year.

He just didn’t see out the three-mile trip in the Stayers Hurdle at Cheltenham. He’ll appreciate the drop back to two and a half miles and the likely strong gallop.