Odds-on favourite Supido (by Sebring) landed the $150,000, Group 3, MRC PFD Food Services Monash Stakes (1100m) as an odds-on favourite should, claiming the Caulfield feature by a comfortable three-quarters of a length winning margin under a confident Luke Nolen ride.
Supido and Luke Nolen, picture Quentinjlang.com
Ridden four-to-five lengths off the pace in the early stages, Supido looked to have found himself in an awkward position on rounding the home turn, dropping a further three-to-four lengths adrift of the leaders. However, manoeuvred in to the clear at the top of the straight, the quality sprinter quickly put himself in to a winning position and was always doing best over the final 150m of the contest.
Winning jockey Luke Nolen confessed after the win: “It was slightly concerning that I was in an awkward spot [rounding the home turn], but good horses can overcome that.”
Adelaide-based Daytona Grey (by Artie Schiller) made the most of a dream rails run to claim second place, with Murt The Flirt (by Murtajill) making up many lengths in the straight to finish third. Official distances of the contest were 0.75L by 0.3L, the race being run in a very respectable 1m03.58s.
Besides the authorirative manner of Supido’s win, the eye-catching effort of the race was produced by Murt The Flirt. The Caulfield-based gelding hit the line in the style of a horse looking for a longer trip and put the writing on the wall for an upcoming assignment over 1200-1400m.
Supido was the subject of heavy support with bluebet.com.au throughout betting. Returned at a fixed price of $1.80, Bluebet offered as much as $2.15 in the early markets and firmed the sprinter into $1.75 at one stage of proceedings.
The runner-up Daytona Grey was as much as $15.00 with BlueBet on jumping, while the odds of Murt The Flirt steadily tumbled in from $13.00 to $8.00 by jump time.
A rising 6-year-old son of Sebring, Supido has now won seven of his 13 career starts — five of his victories coming first-up from a spell. Today’s win was his first at black-type level, though his three placings include third in the 2016 Group 1 Darley Goodwood (1200m) in Adelaide.
Supido is raced by Everlong Racing No: 2, Ms K E Harding, Eureka Diamonds, Mr P W Henley, Dr A C Gay, Mr T R Hurford, Mr D C Major, Mr G W Helmuth and Dynasty No 9.
Produced by a Japanese-bred daughter of Brian’s Time, he hails from one of the greatest female families in the world thoroughbred stud book, tracing back to the immortal Natalma — dam of the legendary Northern Dancer no less.
Supido, picture Quentinjlang.com