Supido joins elite Group

Kent plots path to glory

Sunday Herald Sun - - Racing - RUS­SELL GOULD rus­sell.gould@news.com.au

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.

Pic­ture: GETTY IMAGES

Luke Nolen pilots Supido (left) to vic­tory in the Monash Stakes at Caulfield.

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