Su­pera ex­tra smart in boost for stud ca­reer

Sunday News - - RACING - NZ RAC­ING DESK

PROMIS­ING mare Su­pera added some sig­nif­i­cant value to any po­ten­tial brood­mare ca­reer she may have, when she cap­tured her first black-type suc­cess in the Group Three An­niver­sary Hand­i­cap (1600m) at Tren­tham.

The roy­ally-bred Sav­abeel four-year-old had pro­duced a ca­reer-best ef­fort when fin­ish­ing third in the Isuzu Stakes (1600m) back in De­cem­ber, but bet­tered that re­sult with yes­ter­day’s vic­tory.

Rider Rosie My­ers had Su­pera trav­el­ling nicely through­out the race, but a clear mar­gin off a hot speed set up by the fly­ing Cam­bridge vis­i­tor Ugo Fos­colo. My­ers picked a path hard up against the rail in the home straight as Su­pera dashed past her ri­vals in the clos­ing stages to score by two lengths from the well favoured Wyn­d­spelle, who stormed home out wide.

‘‘I sort of looked at the jock­eys around me and I didn’t think they were go­ing to give me much room, so I stayed on the in­side,’’ My­ers said.

‘‘I hoped for a bit of luck and luck­ily I had the horse un­der­neath me.

‘‘She’s a se­ri­ous horse.’’ Co­trainer Mark Donoghue, who pre­pares the Su­pera in part­ner­ship with Ken and Bev Kelso at Mata­mata, ac­knowl­edged the stable had high hopes be­fore a race that held plenty of im­por­tance for the mare’s fu­ture breed­ing prospects. ‘‘We came in with a bit of con­fi­dence,’’ he said ‘‘It looks great on her [pedi­gree] page.

‘‘She is ob­vi­ously go­ing to go on with it, so fin­gers crossed she gets to where she should.’’ Su­pera was bred by her owner Sir Peter Vela un­der his Pen­car­row Thor­ough­breds ban­ner and is a half-sis­ter to dual Group Three win­ner Eleonora, who fin­ished third in the 2016 VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flem­ing­ton.

Her dam So­pra Tutto is a daugh­ter of Vela’s out­stand­ing race­mare Ethe­real, who won four times at Group One level in­clud­ing the 2001 Caulfield Cup (2400m)/Mel­bourne Cup (3200m) dou­ble.

Pen­car­row Stud will of­fer a half-sis­ter to Su­pera by Makfi at the Karaka sales late this month.

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Su­pera and rider Rosie My­ers were all class yes­ter­day.

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