Oct 21, 2018
It is doubtful that any of the winners at the Bendigo meeting on Saturday were welcomed back to scale with as much gutso as was Supergrass who was so dominating taking out the final race on the programme.
Suited back on a big track having had no luck at his previous outings on tighter circuits at Tatura and Kilmore, the handsome chestnut was always travelling well in the BM58 1600m contest.
Making his run out wide from before the turn, Supergrass cruised into the straight and once asked for his effort by apprentice Ethan Brown quickly let go - easily putting ground on his rivals as the caller declared that "Supergrass is three, four, five lengths in front!"
The win was not a surprise on the back of an easy jump out victory at Cranbourne on Monday; one in which he donned blinkers for the first time on the back of having had a bit of work done on his near hoof which had been striking his off leg.
"We put him on the treadmill to look at his action in slow motion and noticed that he was hitting himself," Michael Kent said, adding that this was contributing to the horse's dislike of tight turning tracks.
"To show his best he really needs a long straight so he can get round the bend and then let go."
Which is exactly what he did at Bendigo, the five-year-old ridden exactly to plan by Brown who said upon dismounting "that is what happens when things go right!"
"And he did that quite easily, I think Mick has got the key to him now."
A son of the Blue Diamond Stakes winner Star Witness bred in South Australia by Toorak Park Stud, Supergrass is the final foal produced by the stakes winning Kendor mare Twitter who has been well represented by seven winners from eight runners.
The dam of the Gr.1 1000 Guineas winner Serious Speed, Twitter is also grandam of the stakes winners Reldas, Victory Chant and Majestic Music and third dam of the Listed winner Guard Of Honour.
A descendant of the famed matriarch Chelandry, Supergrass can also boast amongst his relations the Group One gallopers March Hare, Imposera, Imprimatur and World News.
There were many happy owners both on and off course with Supergrass raced by a large group including eight different syndicates! Four of his owners are also in the ownership of Friday night winner Wild Sea whilst Stephen and Wendy Minahan were especially delighted with Supergrass being their first horse.