Bradley's brilliance sees Suny Bay shine

 

Suny Bay was given a tentative clean bill of health yesterday after his runaway 13-length success in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday. Charlie Brooks remains keen to run the gelding, whom he admits has "terrible front legs", in the Pertemps King George VI Chase on St Stephen's Day.

"He will go for the King George if he is okay. It might not be the most obvious race for him but we are going to Kempton so I don't see why he shouldn't come along too," Brooks said.

Graham Bradley performed wonders to stay on board Suny Bay after a bad mistake at the fourth fence on Saturday.

It was an impressive victory by the 9 to 4 favourite who had looked down and out after he blundered into the obstacle and pitched on his nose.

But miraculously Bradley stayed aboard, gave his mount time to recover before regaining the lead and powered clear of Barton Bank and Eudipe.

"I met the fence all wrong. He was down on the floor," recalled 37-year-old Bradley, who won the race 15 years ago on Bregawn.

Runner-up in the Martell Grand National last year, Suny Bay will now be aimed at the top by Brooks.

Coral cut the grey to 6 to 1 joint favourite with Dorans Pride for the Gold Cup. He is William Hill's 6 to 1 favourite, 7 to 1 with the Tote and 8 to 1 (from 14 to 1) with Ladbrokes.

But his next target is likely to be the King George VI Chase at Kempton, won for the last two years by another grey One Man.

Sanmartino's Champion Hurdle odds were halved by Ladbrokes after he ran out a convincing winner of the Gerry Feilden Hurdle. He completed a hat-trick of wins when accounting for Champion Hurdle fourth I'm Supposin, in receipt of 6lb, by 13 lengths.

Ladbrokes cut the winner to 10 to 1 while William Hill reduced him to 14 to 1.