Ascot winner Super Duty to miss out on Cheltenham Festival

Donald McCain has ruled out the possibility of impressive Ascot winner Super Duty making a trip to next month’s Cheltenham Festival.

The six-year-old was victorious on his first two outings over hurdles at Carlisle and Haydock, but suffered a heavy fall at the final flight when going for the hat-trick at Ayr in early January.

He showed he had suffered no ill effects when giving weight and a beating to the talented Keys last weekend, but his trainer does not believe his charge is man enough yet for the hustle and bustle of Cheltenham.

“He’s a grand young horse but he is still quite immature, so he won’t be going to Cheltenham this year,” said McCain.

“It’s possible he could go to Aintree, but we’ll see nearer the time.

“We knew he was a horse who was playing at the job a bit and it was nice for him to go down south and beat some good horses.

“The better ground suited him as well.”

The Cholmondeley handler enjoyed a double at Ascot, with the Timeform Betfair Racing Club-owned Bourne winning in style.

He is set for the Festival, with the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle on Gold Cup day his target.

“We’ll aim for the boys race with him,” the trainer added.

“He’s gone up 10lb for winning on Saturday, so that should get him into the race It will be great for the owners to have a runner at the Festival.”