Supido joins elite Group
Kent plots path to glory
CLASS prevailed and now bigger things await sprinter Supido, who finally delivered a win worthy of his ability in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield yesterday.
Sent out a short-priced favourite in the 1200m dash, the son of Sebring found himself in an awkward position as the eight-horse field turned for home.
But after being told pre-race by trainer Mick Kent to be patient, jockey Luke Nolen waited on a gap to open, then gobbled up his rivals to win comfortably.
The victory came as it should have given Supido was coming out of a Group 1 campaign in the autumn, where he placed behind stars English and Black Heart Bart.
But Kent wanted a Group win for the entire, which was first up yesterday after a lengthy break, and senses there could be more to come.
“It was good to get it out of the way, it was hist first stakes win, he’s Group 1 and Group 2 placed, and I was dying to get a stakes win with him,” a relieved Kent said after the victory.
“He’s come back really well this time, I’m the happiest I have been with him.
“I think he’s a Group 1 horse, I know he has Group 1 ability. Last year at Flemington he ran the fastest 1000m for the year (in May), including all the Group races so he has certainly got the talent.”
Kent said Supido would return for the Bletchingly Stakes (1200m), again at Caulfield, in two weeks before the trainer mapped out a bigger program.
“We can space him pretty well. He races well fresh, and doesn’t need a lot of races to get fit,” Kent said. “We’ll get the Bletchingly out of the way and then have a look where we go.”
Nolen, who thought he was in trouble before space opened up in the straight, also believed Supido could get better.
“I think there’s improvement in him. I was in an awkward spot, but good horses can overcome that,” Nolen said.
Supido’s path to victory was made easier earlier in the day when Darren Weir was forced to scratch the latest West Australian addition to his stable, Chocolate Holic, after it developed a foot abcess.
The four-year-old, with seven wins from 11 starts in the west, was second favourite for the Group 3 race.
Luke Nolen pilots Supido (left) to victory in the Monash Stakes at Caulfield.