Train­ers Hope smart Supre can mea­sure up in the Au­tumn

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - ADAM SHERRY

KILMORE train­ers Lee and Shan­non Hope be­lieve lightly raced mare Supre has the abil­ity to mea­sure up to black-type races in

au­tumn but she needs get her rat­ing up to en­sure she makes the cut.

Vic­tory in to­mor­row’s Richard Cot­ter Hand­i­cap (1600m) at Caulfield will go a long way to­wards reach­ing that goal.

“I would like an­other win or two to get her rat­ing up be­fore giv­ing a break and set­ting for some black-type races,” Shan­non Hope said.

“Ade­laide would be the softer op­tion but if right race came along, I wouldn’t be scared to send her to Syd­ney.”

Supre has drawn bar­rier 7 in to­mor­row’s race with ap­pren­tice Ethan Brown re­turn­ing for the ride.

“Ethan is a much un­der­rated young rider and she will ap­pre­ci­ate his claim to­mor­row,” Hope said.

“I couldn’t be hap­pier with her head­ing into to­mor­row’s race.”

The daugh­ter of High Cha­parral re­turned to the Hope’s sta­bles af­ter stints in New South Wales and South Aus­tralia.

“I ac­tu­ally broke her in then she went up to Syd­ney for a lit­tle while then Ade­laide,” he said.

“She was quite a valu­able year­ling and I have al­ways had a good opin­ion of her.”

Supre kicked off her rac­ing ca­reer in Ade­laide with Paul Be­shara with a win and a sec­ond from her three starts for him.

Since join­ing the Hope’s, the four-year-old mare has recorded one win and three sec­ond plac­ings along with a close fourth from five starts.

“It may sound silly, bit with an ounce of luck, she could nearly be un­beaten for us,” Hope said.

“At Pak­en­ham first-up over 1200m, she struck a bit of in­ter­fer­ence tak­ing on the boys. She bumped into Mr Quickie sec­ond-up and he hasn’t been beaten since.

“Last start at Flem­ing­ton, she just couldn’t get a crack at them un­til it was too late.

“Wait un­til she gets to 2000m, then you will see the best of her.”

Shan­non Hope is con­fi­dent Supre can win at Caulfield.

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