Jan 31, 2016
It was a simply stunning performance by Supido first up in the Michael Stewart Plate at Flemington on Saturday, the exciting galloper dominant saluting by a soft 1 1/2 lengths at his first outing since last winter.
Off the scene with niggling problems since that time, Supido has been sparingly raced - facing the starter on just five occasions, winning three races and already amassing over $150,000 in stakes.
Slightly awkwardly away from the gates, Supido did not end up in the best part of the track, racing close to the inside fence when the better going was eight or nine horses out. And, with nothing to take him into the race he was forced to make an early run - hitting the lead with 250m to go.
Lightly raced horses often lose a bit of momentum when left in front too soon but Supido was simply a class above his rivals with Michael Kent confident that "he will be even better with something to chase."
A horse who has taken a while to mature, Supido has been plagued by recurring bouts of pharyngitis and a slow healing corn.
"They have just been minor issues with his throat and foot but horses need both!" Kent laughed.
"The pharyngitis has been quite consistent and it was no point pushing him as it would've caused long term problems with his wind. And the foot just wouldn't heal after we cut the corn out, every time we thought we had it right he would go sore again."
But patience and persistence paid dividends on Saturday and Kent says it is "onwards and upwards" for Supido who will contest another benchmark race at Flemington in three week's time.
"He just needs racing," Kent said, noting that whilst Supido is a more mature horse than he was last time in "he lacks seasoning."
And his is confident that Supido has plenty of scope for improvement, describing him as "a fat, happy horse!"
Jockey Craig Williams, who has been aboard Supido for all three of his victories, headed down to Cranbourne last Monday morning to ride the handsome entire in a jump-out.
A big fan of the horse, Williams says that Supido is a horse "with plenty of character, plenty of fight."
"And he just oozes class."
Williams said he even feels a bit sorry for those who finish behind him - "you'd be a bit unlucky to run into him as he races through the classes," he said.
And he is looking forward to testing Supido in stronger company - "only bad luck will stop him being a stakes horse."
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 a prolific family that has produced some of the world's most influential stallions -namely Northern Dancer, Danehill, Halo and Machiavellian.