May 07, 2016
Supido is Group One Goodwood Handicap bound after a determined victory down the Flemington straight on Saturday, the classy four-year-old stretching his winning sequence to six.
A hot odds-on favourite, Supido was not brilliantly out of the gates for James Winks but he soon recovered to trail the leaders before making his run from the 300m - engaging in a three horse war before betting the upper hand late.
Whilst the margin was not a big one, it was a strong performance by Supido who was not ideally placed back from 1200m to 1000m, Michael Kent admitting that he was not all that keen to run him.
"I hated running him so quickly second up off a virus, especially as he was unsuited going back to the 1000m on a track a touch firm for his liking... but I was very conscious of getting him into a good race and hopefully he now has a high enough rating to get into the Goodwood."
"I thought James rode him very well," Kent added whilst on course Darren Tymms was happy to see Supido show so much heart when challenged.
"He has been out on his own in other races so to get into a fight like that will be good for his maturity," he said.
Winks was confident throughout the race, not concerned when Supido was slowly away.
"I was in no rush," he said, "and he got good cover."
"The split presented itself and I waited till the last furlong to produce him and he just played with them a bit."
Beaten only twice in an eight start career, already winning over $290,000, the well related son of Sebring was bred by Gilgai Farm out of the imported mare Lady Succeed. Hailing from the family of Danehill, Northern Dancer, Halo and Machiavellian, he is a half-brother to Kevin's Time who has won his only start whilst his yearling half-brother by Smart Missile was purchased by the stable at this year's Inglis Melbourne Premier.
Photo by Grant Courtney.