Robbie Power is convinced the Unibet Champion Hurdle has
Supasundae's name written all over it and described his odds of 20-1 as
"utter madness", writes David Jennings.
The first two home from last year’s race – Espoir D'Allen and Melon – are missing this time around while back-to-back winner Buveur D'Air, Klassical Dream and Saldier have all been ruled out through injury.
Power believes the 2020 Champion Hurdle appears to be there for the taking and thinks Supasundae will be the one to pounce.
Power said: "It looks to me like the Champion Hurdle has Supasundae's name written all over it. He never gets the credit he deserves.
“Stuff like that never annoyed me before but it's starting to frustrate me a little bit with him. How he is 20-1 for a Champion Hurdle in a year like this is utter madness.
"I was chatting to Patrick Mullins about it the other day and he made a good point. He said Supasundae reminded him of Thousand Stars. They're both really good horses who won lots of Grade 1 races but never got the recognition they deserved."
Power pointed to the fact Supasundae beat Buveur D'Air at Aintree last April and chased him home a month later at Punchestown.
He wondered what price the Nicky Henderson-trained hurdler would be for the Festival's opening day feature if he was able to run.
The 38-year-old said: "When I look through the race, I think to myself what price Buveur D'Air would be if he was fit and well – I think he'd be odds-on. We beat him at Aintree and we're 20-1. That makes no sense to me.
"I was over the moon with Supasundae's comeback at Leopardstown and I'd say that is definitely the best he's ever run first time out. He's been in brilliant form since and I can't wait to ride him in the race."