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Super Duty: Toughed it out
Super Duty produced a tenacious display to take the opening contest at Cheltenham's International meeting, the Shloer Chase.
Jockey Jason Maguire didn't always seem entirely happy aboard the 9/4 winner and looked to be niggling along in the early stages, but once sending his mount to the front early on the final circuit, Super Duty responded by brushing up his jumping and battling off his challengers.
Favourite Broadbackbob spoiled his chance with a couple of serious errors, eventually finishing fourth, while Hildsvini was in second place but looking unlikely to challenge the winner when falling at the second-last fence.
It was left to Forgotten Gold (9/1) to throw down the most serious challenge, but he faltered in the final stages and ultimately walked across the finishing line 13 lengths behind the winner.
"He didn't like the ground and I was worried early on when he wasn't jumping and he wasn't really travelling, but we wanted to come here to see how he took to the place," McCain told Racing UK. "That's three times I've run him on ground he was hating and I won't do it again now. He likes nicer ground.
"I came here thinking he may be a Jewson horse, but I'm now thinking he might be a SunAlliance horse. He's a tough, hardy horse. Whatever you ask him to do, he'll keep doing, and I think he'll travel away nicely in that race."
Bookmakers Sky Bet installed Super Duty as a 20/1 chance in their betting for the RSA Chase.