Trainers Hope smart Supre can measure up in the Autumn
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.