published: 05 Sep 2018 in Freshman 2018

WIDDEN Stud has had enormous success with speed horses including past champion sires Todman, Vain and Bletchingly and those on the current roster like Sebring, Star Witness, Zoustar and Nicconi. It’s a successful formula and one that has been repeated with Supido who has joined the gang in the Valley of Champions for the 2018 season on a fee of $11,000.

  A beautifully bred son of Golden Slipper-Gr.1 winner Sebring and multiple winner Lady Succeed (JPN) by leading sire and Florida Derby-Gr.1 winner Brian’s Time, Supido, who won seven races and more than $560,000, has celebrated mare Natalma as his fifth dam and is inbred to her family, as is Danehill (USA). That horse also appears in this pedigree as his Golden Slipper-winning son Flying Spur is dam sire of Sebring (More Than Ready (USA)) and Widden’s Antony Thompson is convinced Supido will be a good fit for mares from this sire line.
  “We feel Supido will suit a large number of Danehill/ Danzig line mares, particularly given almost 50% of Sebring’s stakes horses are from this sire line,” he said. “He has a terrific physique and we have no doubt breeders will be equally impressed once they see him in the flesh. He’s a naturally fast straight track sprinter, a trait shared with a number of our leading sires such as Fastnet Rock, Exceed and Excel, General Nediym and Zoustar.”
  Trainer Mick Kent considered Supido the fastest horse he has ever prepared and his times back up this statement. Supido ran the fastest 1000m (56.84) and 1200m (1:08.82) down the testing Flemington straight for the entire 
2015-16 racing season, bettering Chautauqua’s 57.02 for the 1000m of the Lightning-Gr.1 that season and The Quarterback’s time of 1:09.23 in the Newmarket.
  “I have no hesitation in stating he is the quickest, most natural horse I’ve had anything to do with. I have seen him run sectionals one wouldn’t think are possible and I’m not a trainer who asks my horses to break the clock,” Mick Kent said.
  Second and then sixth at his first two starts at two before Christmas 2014, Supido then broke his maiden over 1000m at Sandown when resuming on April 1, 2015 and then won over 1100m at Flemington on July 15, coming from ninth at the 400m. His patient trainer put the colt away until the following January when he continued his winning ways at Flemington, scooting over 1100m in 1:03.98 to beat Good Offa by 1.5 lengths. He was pretty impressive at Moonee Valley next time out, beating Gangnam Style by 2.25 lengths over 1200m on February 19, coming from seventh at the 400m. He lumped 60kg next start at Flemington on April 25 flying over the 1200m in 1:08.82 (33.61) to beat Illustrious Lad by 1.75 lengths and then made it six wins in succession with another sizzling performance down the straight at Flemington, posting 56.84 (31.74) in beating Admiral and Bullpit over 1000m on May 7.
  Dropped straight into Gr.1 company on May 21 in the Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville, he was ninth in the field of 18 at the 400m and flew home to be beaten less than a length when third to Black Hart Bart and Under the Louvre in 1:10.03 (609m in 35.15). The run certainly confirmed Mick Kent’s belief that the son of Sebring was a genuine Gr.1 horse.
  Given a break until February 18, 2017, he was unplaced in the Lightning and then taken to Sydney where he stuck two really unsuitable heavy tracks when third in the Challenge-Gr.2 at Randwick and unplaced in The Galaxy-Gr.1 at Rosehill during March. Back on a surface more to his liking at Caulfield on July 15, he broke though for his first Group win in the John Monash-Gr.3 (1100m) at Caulfield, beating SA visitor Daytona Grey by three-quarters of a length in 1:03.58 (34.66), coming from sixth of eight at the 400m and starting $1.70 favourite.
  “He’s come back really well this time and he’s certainly got the talent,” Kent said after the race. “It’s important to get a stakes win into him, he’s been Gr.1 placed and I think he’s a Gr.1 horse.”
  Although he did not win again in five subsequent starts, he ran cracking races in three successive Gr.1 events in February and March this year when fourth in the Lightning-Gr.1 to Redkirk Warrior (Redzel second), beaten 1.55 lengths after being sixth at the 400m, fifth of 15 in the Newmarket-Gr.1 again to Redkirk Warrior, beaten a length, both at Flemington and fourth to Hellbent in the William Reid, after being ninth of 10 at the 400m. He retired with seven wins, a second, two thirds and two Gr.1 fourths in 18 starts for earnings of $563,650.
  Sebring (More Than Ready (USA)-Purespeed by Flying Spur), the Champion 2YO Colt of 2007-08 won five of his six starts including the Golden Slipper-Gr.1 and AJC Sires’ Produce-Gr.1 and was runner-up in the Champagne-Gr.1. He also won the Breeders’ Plate-LR and the Canonbury-LR and retired to Widden in 2009. He has firmly established himself as one of the leading commercial sires in Australia.
  By a Gr.1-winning sprinter and champion sire of Juveniles in More Than Ready, whose dam sire Woodman is bred on a Mr. Prospector/Buckpasser cross, this is the Halo (Hail to Reason) male line, important as Halo’s dam Cosmah (Cosmic Bomb) is a half-sister to Natalma (Native Dancer), dam of Northern Dancer (Nearctic). More Than Ready’s sire Southern Halo (Halo), a champion sire in South America, is out of Northern Sea, a daughter of Northern Dancer, so Southern Halo has the sisters Cosmah and Natalma 2x3.
  Sebring’s dam is by Golden Slipper winner Flying Spur, by Danehill (Natalma 3mx3f), while his third dam is Gr.1 winner and star broodmare Fanfreluche (Northern Dancer). Purespeed’s dam Lady Moulin is by another Golden Slipper winner in Luskin Star (by Kaoru Star, by Star Kingdom).
  Supido’s dam Lady Succeed won twice to 1800m in Japan and is by US-bred Gr.1 winner Brian’s Time (Roberto) who also placed in the Preakness-Gr.1 and Belmont-Gr.1 before a successful stud career in Japan, leaving more than 1000 winners (61SW). His dam Kelly’s Day is by the Ribot horse Graustark, a brother to His Majesty (dam sire of Danehill). Supido’s second dam is the French Gr.2 winner and classic placed Hydro Calido (Nureyev), whose eight winners include two stakes winners Shinko Calido (Silver Hawk) and Esperero (USA) (Forty Niner), who was at stud in Australia.
  Supido’s third dam Coup de Folie (Halo-Raise the Standard by Hoist the Flag) is a granddaughter of Natalma (Native Dancer-Almahmoud by Mahmoud) and her seven winners include the Gr.1 winner and star broodmare Coup de Genie (Mr. Prospector), Gr.1 winner and sire Exit to Nowhere (Irish River) and Gr.1 winner and sire Machiavellian (Mr. Prospector). Coup de Folie’s extended family includes at least seven juvenile champions and a host of other Gr.1 winners and it is still breeding on. This is family 2d.
  Supido’s six generation pedigree features a 4mx4f cross 
of Halo, a 5mx4m,5m cross of Hail to Reason, Northern Dancer 5m,6mx4m, Natalma 6mx5m,5f and Almahmoud 6fx6f,6f,6f, plus further layers of Almahmod in the deeper pedigree. While this should provide a good link with all things Danehill, it could also be worth exploring sires such as Lope de Vega (3fx3m Machiavellian), his sire Shamardal (by Giant’s Causeway, a son of Storm Cat who has worked well with this family and brings in more Halo and Roberto; dam by Machiavellian) and Street Cry (by Machiavellian). Daughters of Lonhro, mares from the Sadler’s Wells line and those featuring Halo champion Sunday Silence also have appeal here, as do mares carrying Roberto, perhaps via Red Ransom (USA) or At Talaq (USA). n