Apr 26, 2016
Preparing any horse to race takes a certain amount of skill, preparing an illness prone one for good races is an art form!
Which is why, should Supido make it to Group One level - which his form to date suggests he can - it will be a great effort by the stable with the lightly raced four-year-old causing more than his fair share of headaches!
A horse whose immune system is not as strong as it should be (his red cell count hovering at around 60% of what is the average for a thoroughbred), Supido has suffered from throat infections on no less than six occasions during his short career.
A frustrating journey for connections, especially when Supido - on the back of a dominant Moonee Valley victory in mid-February - was ready to tackle some of the best down the straight in the Newmarket Handicap.
Due to have a jump out the Monday before, Supido was not himself that morning, Michael Kent arranging with the Cranbourne Turf Club to postpone his hit-out by 24 hours whilst tests were conducted.
Unfortunately that gallop didn't take place with Supido again unwell - which is why he was not seen again until Anzac Day.
"We basically had to stop and start again with him," Kent said, "and it is hard to get a horse to his peak doing that."
"But he has been in super health this week and I was really pleased to be taking him to the races again."
Sent out favourite in the Phillip Schuler Handicap at Flemington, Supido jumped well from his inside gate but was left pretty much alone as his rivals drifted out further on the track.
But he was always travelling well for Luke Nolen and once asked for his effort at the 250m was able to quickly accelerate and on the line he had a soft 1 3/4 lengths on the others.
Recording a smart 1.08.82 seconds for the 1200m, Supido won his fifth race from just seven starts, increasing his prize money tally to beyond $240,000.
"He has always been a special horse," Kent said, hopeful that he can get him to next month's Goodwood Handicap despite the fact that he is still well down in the ballot.
"Ideally I'd like him to go straight there but we may have to race him again to get his rating up... there is another one of these races at Flemington in two week's time."
Nolen, who had last ridden Supido in a race in April last year, was impressed by how the son of Sebring had progressed since that time.
"He has got a fair bit stronger and he gave me a great feel today," he said.
"He chased a pretty solid pace and did it without a drag into the race, hewas in the middle of no man's land."
"But when I gave him a squeeze he just lengthened, his effort was first rate and he is certainly heading in the right direction."