Jul 20, 2015
Michael Kent well remembers the day Supido did his first bit of fast work at Cranbourne - "he went so fast the rider nearly came off!" he laughed.
And since that day Supido, a horse whose name is aptly a word for speed in Japanese, has proven that he is indeed a flyer, Kent describing him as "the fastest horse we have had."
"He is seriously exciting horse, a natural athlete with a big motor," he enthused, "and it has been while since I have had a horse who can accelerate like he does."
Which was there for everyone to see down the Flemington straight on Saturday, Supido edging off the rails from the inside gate in the Dalray Handicap and getting a nice position behind the leaders.
Always cruising for Craig Williams who was riding the three-year-old for the first time, Supido was shown the whip briefly at the 200m and away he went - his two length winning margin a soft one.
"He is an easy horse to ride," Williams said, "because he is so classy."
"It was his first run down the straight so he wanted to look around a bit but he really stuck to his task and he will gain a lot of confidence from that winning experience."
Having his first run since early April, Supido recorded his second victory from four starts having easily won his maiden at Sandown at his previous outing.
Suffering a series of set-backs during his career - first battling with pharyngitis and more recently with a persistent foot abscess that delayed his return to the track after a 3 1/2 length Cranbourne trial victory in late May.
Whilst Kent says he has "no concrete plans" for Supido, he is looking forward to watching him measure up in better company, noting that "there are some nice races in the early spring for him."
Raced by Kim Harding, Peter Henley, Dr Adam Gay, Terry Hurford, David Major, G W Helmuth, Everlong Racing No 2, Eureka Diamonds and Dynasty No 9, Supido was a $190,000 purchase at the 2013 Melbourne Premier.
Bred by Rick Jamieson's Gilgai Farm by Sebring out of the Japanese bred Brian's Time mare Lady Succeed, he is a regally bred entire from the family of some of the world's most influential stallions - Northern Dancer, Danehill, Halo and Machiavellian.