Jul 17, 2015
Michael Kent is looking forward to having the talented Supido back on track at Flemington on Saturday, the three-year-old having suffered from a series of set-backs since impressing with a Sandown maiden victory in early April.
Trialling brilliantly at Cranbourne in late May, the son of Sebring has been "in and out of work" in recent months, troubled by a persistent foot abscess.
"We would wait until it settled down but then it would just keep recurring. We'd get the shoe back on him and it would come back, and it has taken time to heal."
"He had an infection about as big as your fingernail but we had to pare away a bit at the foot to get it."
A horse who was hit by pharyngitis when younger, Supido has always shown good ability but he has been "very immature."
Whilst not 100% for his return to racing, Kent is confident that "he has done enough for an 1100m race."
Early favourite for the Dalray Handicap, an 1100m contest down the straight, Supido has drawn the inside gate for Craig Williams.
Bred by Rick Jamieson's Gilgai Farm, Supido was a $190,000 purchase at the 2013 Melbourne Premier. He is the second Australian foal produced by the imported mare Lady Succeed, a Japanese bred daughter of the Gr.2 winning Nureyev mare Hydro Calido.
A descendant of Northern Dancer's dam Natalma, he can also boasts amongst his relations the prolific stallions Danehill, Halo and Machiavellian.