Simply Superb Supido!
Jul 17, 2017
It was an overdue and much deserved stakes victory for Supido on Saturday, the classy but sparingly raced five-year-old charging home to claim the Gr.3 Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield.
Getting back in a race without a great deal of early pace on, Supido was in a tricky spot coming to the turn but Luke Nolen, who knows the bay well having ridden him on six previous occasions, knew to bide his time.
"I just told Luke not to panic and get him into clear air," Michael Kent said - and that is just what the jockey did, hooking out at the 300m and letting his charge go.
Reeling in his rivals, Supido was at his best over the final stages, getting clear to salute by 3/4 length with plenty in hand.
It was win number seven from just 13 starts for Supido but his most important to date - Gr.3 success securing his future as a stallion.
"He has got a wonderful pedigree," Kent said," he hails from a great family and he is a very attractive horse with plenty of speed."
Always a big fan of Supido, Kent has taken his time with the entire who has had niggling problems including sore feed throughout his career.
"When he is right he can really gallop, he has a great turn of foot."
"I had been dying to get a stakes win with him," he continued, confident that there is more to come with the Bletchingly Stakes next on the agenda.
"I have been really happy with him this time in, he looks great. We will get the Bletchingly out of the way and have a look where we go from there. We can space his runs, he races well fresh and does not need a lot of work."
Noting that Supido ran the fastest Flemington 1000m for the year when taking out a handicap event last May, Kent feels that we are yet to see the best of him - "I think he is a Group One horse."
Nolen was impressed by Supido's first up effort, noting that "I was slightly concerned early, in an awkward spot. But good horses can overcome that."
Part of a big day for his breeder Gilgai Farm (also breeders of fellow Caulfield winners Nikitas and Portion Control), Supido is a handsome son of Sebring and the imported Brian's Time mare Lady Succeed.
Paying a return visit last spring to Sebring having produced a filly by him in late August, Lady Succeed is a daughter of the French Gr.2 winner Hydro Calido from the prolific Natalma/Almahmoud family that has produced the influential stallions Northern Dancer, Halo, Danehill and Machiavellian.