Super Sid Touches Down

Date: 23 Sep 2020

Super Sid Touches Down

Named after one of the All Black greats, Sid Going, Super Sid (4 g Rip Van Winkle - Half Bak, by Churchill Downs) broke through at his fifth start in the $10,000 Majestic Horse Floats Maiden 1400 metres on 23 September at Matamata.

Best past the post when resuming in the Maiden 1100 metres on 12 August at Taupo, quinelled by stable-mates Ocean Belle (Ocean Park) and subsequent dual winner Vamos Bebe (I Am Invincible), Super Sid followed up with a notable fourth in the Maiden 1200 metres on 2 September at Avondale.

Stepping in distance always appeared ideal for the strapping individual and aided by a great ride from Opie Bosson he unleashed a big finish to collar clear-cut leader Marmellos (Ocean Park) over the concluding stages.

After jumping well from a wide draw (12), Bosson was able to find a nice spot in sixth. From five lengths astern at the 600m, Super Sid travelled ominously into the race rounding the home turn and he was soft at the line, in the final analysis. 

“He relaxed well, did everything properly, and feels like he'll get a mile,” Bosson said. “It could be his ideal distance, now.”

After chasing a solid tempo, Super Sid ran the 1400 metres in 1:24.6 and he closed to start race favourite ($3.30 & $1.60) on the NZ TAB tote. 

“We've always thought he had plenty of natural ability and it was a really nice win from him,” said trainer Jamie Richards.

“He's taken a long time to settle and develop both mentally and physically. Right from the first time we trialled him, we thought he was a very good horse in the making but he has let us down a few times. But, with a bit more maturity on his side he is learning to race properly.

“I was pleased with the way he relaxed in the run and the way he rounded off the race. It was a really nice ride from Opie (Bosson), off an awkward gate, to end up three back with cover and they went a good genuine tempo which helped. Although not a big margin (½ a length), I thought he got there with a bit of authority in the end.

“It was a good effort by the team at the Colt Barn, where he is stabled, and he should take plenty of benefit from the winning experience.”

Purchased by David Ellis CNZM at the 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale, from the draft of Lenarch Lodge, owned by the Te Akau Game Breaker Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), Super Sid is a three-quarter brother to stable-mate Te Akau Shark, winner of seven from 14, including the BCD Group Sprint (Gr. 1, 1400m) at Te Rapa, Chipping Norton Stakes (Gr. 1, 1600m) at Royal Randwick, and third in the Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m), with $1.5m in prize money.

“Interestingly enough, he's been a very frustrating horse,” Ellis said. “This time last year we thought he was one of the best horses in the stable, but he's had a few problems. Jamie (Richards) and the team have done an outstanding job getting his head right, getting his brain right, and getting him right physically. 

“It was a thrill to have Opie (Bosson) back in the winner's circle with a really good ride and he's a horse that could keep developing to have a bright future. He certainly has the pedigree and we know they just keep getting better with time from that family.”

Sharing in the ownership and on course to witness the victory, Ray & Jan Batten previously experienced success with Te Akau trained New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Costa Viva (Encosta De Lago). 

“There are a lot of our very good owners involved,” Ellis said. “Michael Ormsby, from Hawkes Bay, has a share in both horses that won today and so too does John Elstob and his partner Denise.”

“It's been an exciting week for us all. Last Saturday we won seven races in seven hours, in three countries, including a Group 3 with Miss Aotearoa at Hastings, and a Group 3 with Probabeel at Randwick, and Mark (Walker) had three wins in Singapore.

“So, to follow-up with two really encouraging wins today is pretty exciting stuff. We've got horses in the South Island at Riccarton, Sydney, and a big team at Matamata, and everybody is working really hard. 

“On Friday night, we're having a special function for the stable team to celebrate the premiership win from last season. Jamie trained 104 winners, with 20 stakes' wins including 11 Group 1 winners. 

“And things are shaping up well in the early stages of this season. We're ahead in the premiership with 17 wins and won double the stake money of any other stable.”

Super Sid was strapped by Trevor Stewart. 

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