Special race back
Legendary horse again celebrated
Super Impose, the horse that began its ride into history at Seymour’s race track, is back on the local agenda.
The Super Impose Maiden, a special race at Seymour Racing Club, will be back at tomorrow’s races after a hiatus of a few years.
The Lee Freedman trained Super Impose was bred and bought in New Zealand for $40 000.
Not raced as a two-year-old, the gelding finally made his first race appearance here on December 29 in 1987.
By the time he retired in 1992 he had won $5.65 million — a then Australian prize money record.
Now 30 years later Seymour Racing Club is recognising its link with the legend by staging a 1200 m race in his honour — the same distance Super Impose raced for his first win.
The total prize money on that day was $3000 and his share was almost half.
It just about covered petrol and training fees for the week and hardly hinted at what was to come.
Super Impose won a Cox Plate (as an eight-year-old) as well as the AJC Epsom and Doncaster Handicaps two years running on his way to eight Group Ones and the Racing Hall of Fame.
Seymour Racing Club committee member Brad Bishop said Super Impose ought to be remembered as the best horse to have broken their maiden at Seymour.
‘‘He’s a horse who’s got a bit of a connection to country racing, so I think it’s fitting that we honour him this way, because some good horses have won their maiden at Seymour, but none have gone on to achieve the things Super Impose did,’’ Bishop said.
He said he thinks punters will respond well to this special event, because Super Impose’s exciting race style earned him a sizable following during his career.
‘’’There’s basically two types of cult figures in horse racing — those that shoot out to a big lead early in the race and try to hold on or those that are flashing home at the end.
‘‘And Super Impose had just about more flash home than any other horse.
‘‘A lot of people remember Super Impose fondly, so they will be happy to see his name in the race book.
“But it’s also an educational thing, to let people know he won his first race at Seymour.
‘‘He actually did a lot of his racing at country tracks — his first two starts were at Seymour, and then he also raced at places such as Geelong, Colac and Benalla in the early stages of his career, because he was a latebloomer, and had to race his way through the grades.’’
But there was also a slight twist to the Super Impose tale — his winning strategy of flashing home from the back of the field was only discovered by accident, according to Bishop.
He said in his early stages Super Impose would race up the front of the field, and then one day at Flemington, maybe his first start there, he missed the start, so he was towards the back of the field.
‘‘That was the first time he ever flashed home from the back and stormed home over the top of them,’’ Bishop said.
‘‘So that’s when they worked out that might be the best way to ride him.
‘‘It was a bit of an accident that they worked out he was a backmarker, and that’s the way he raced for the rest of his career — that was the successful recipe in terms of riding tactics for him.’’
The Super Impose Maiden is on the last Seymour Racing Club event for about three months, allowing for track renovations to take place.
❝. . . Super Impose had just about more flash home than any other horse.❞ Brad Bishop