Cheltenham Festival on the agenda for Amy Murphy-trained Really Super
There will be mixed emotions for Really Super’s owners when she takes her place in today's Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival (4.15pm).
Pride will almost certainly be the overwhelming sentiment for the group, who go under the guise of White Diamond Racing.
After all, while most owners get involved simply for the love of the sport, to have a horse good enough to feature at one of jump racing’s biggest meetings – and a graded race to boot – is the stuff of dreams.
However, there may also be a tinge of frustration lingering in the air given that Covid-19 restrictions will prevent them from being at the Gloucestershire track to cheer on the Amy Murphy-trained seven-year-old in her Grade 2 outing.
Mildenhall-based Josh Wright, who is part of the team that owns Really Super, said: “It’s disappointing that we can’t be there to cheer her home, especially as this might be the only Festival runner some of us ever own.
"We’ve missed a few of her wins in the last year but can’t wait to all meet up again. It’s a great bunch of people and socialising together is half the fun.
“If you could help Super up that famous hill by cheering her home, that would be appreciated!
“It’s hard to put into words just how exciting it is to own a small part of a Cheltenham Festival runner, and in a graded race at that.”
The daughter of Cacique has already provided her owners with plenty of reason to not regret their purchase, particularly when winning the Grade 3 Betway Summer Plate Handicap Chase at Market Rasen last summer as a 25/1 shot.
The bookmakers have dealt her even longer odds for this assignment (33/1), but she’s a horse that should never be written off.
“Really Super has been a winning machine for us so far and she’s not finished yet,” added Wright.
“She’s a real credit to Amy, Connor (Fox, her groom), Jack (Quinlan, jockey) and the rest of the team.
“Whether she’s good enough to win this race I don’t know, she’s got a bit to find on the figures with a few, including the favourite.
“But she goes there in superb form, is flying up the Newmarket gallops, she’s still improving and will relish the drying ground.
“If she could run and jump into the places, we’d be ecstatic. But provided she comes home safe, anything else is always a bonus. She’s a star and her next win isn’t too far away.”