Supreme Khan - Superb on Debut

Date: 9 Oct 2020

Supreme Khan - Superb on Debut

Supreme Khan  (3 g Mongolian Khan - Angelica Hall, by Guillotine) started his career in the best possible fashion by winning the $10,000 Maiden 3YO 1200 metres on 9 October at Timaru.

Although awkward to begin, rider Danielle Johnson improved Supreme Khan to be camped on the leaders approaching the 600m and clear early in the home straight he stretched out to win narrowly but well.

Supreme Khan had been consistent through the trials' stage with two seconds and thirds, most recently sustaining a strong finish for second on 8 September at Ellerslie. From a gifted and athletic family with trademark abilities to quicken, he was solidly supported on debut to return $3.40 & $1.60 on the NZ TAB tote, running the 1200 metres in 1:13.1 on Dead6 footing, in the race sponsored by Onceuponatime at Belmont Park. 

“He trialled well up here and it was a nice win by a progressive type of horse,” said leading trainer Jamie Richards. “Wayward at times, he took a bit of making and Dave (Ellis) and I agreed that a trip to the South Island could see him go down there a boy and come back a man.

“He missed the kick, but Danielle gave him a beautiful ride and he picked up well in the straight. He's got a lot of improvement to come in terms of racing manners and physical maturity, but he'll come on for the run and winning experience. 

“The team in the South Island has been working hard, putting in long hours, and it was a good result all round. He was one of Rodney Schick's picks in his yearling draft and his brother Jonny has a share in him.”

Owned by Shaw's Property Holdings, Te Akau Supreme Khan Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM) & Tale to Tell Syndicate, he was purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $160,000, from the draft of Windsor Park Stud, at the 2019 Karaka Book 1 Sale. He is from the first crop of Champion Three-Year-Old, subsequent dual Horse of the Year, and Champion Stayer Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor), who recorded Group 1 wins in the NZ Derby, ATC Derby, and Caulfield Cup, while Te Akau trained his impressive dual winning dam Angelica Hall (Guillotine).

“Some wonderful owners are in the horse and Jonny Schick, whose brother Rodney runs Windsor Park, bought a share too,” Ellis said. “I predicted the stock of Mongolian Khan would make nice horses and it's good to have bought and trained his first New Zealand winner. He's had a really good start as a sire and they will continue to get better as they mature.

“It's incredible the strike rate (4.1) that Danielle (Johnson) has on our horses. She's working really hard, doing a lot of travelling and riding in terrific form. 

“We find our horses benefit with a trip away to the South Island. It enables us not only to split our horses, but they're generally racing on better tracks and a horse like Supreme Khan, who holds a 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) nomination, gets his chance after winning on debut. 

“We find that once we get them home and spell them, they're stronger and the trip does them a lot of good.

“All of our team members have been working their butts off and that was our 26thwin for the season, which is double that of any other trainer and it's only early October so it's pretty exciting.”

Supreme Khan's grand-dam, Greta Hall (Kaapstad), won three stakes' races and is a half-sister to Epsom Handicap (Gr. 1, 1600m) and Toorak Handicap (Gr. 1, 1600m) winner Golden Sword (Kaapstad) and the dams of Windsor Park stallion Falkirk and Australian Oaks (Gr. 1, 2400m) winner Royal Descent (Danehill).

From third dam, broodmare sensation Lovenvain (Vain), high-quality racehorses Balmoral Keep (Balmerino), Falkirk (Tale of the Cat), Golden Sword (Kaapstad), Madam Valeta (Palace Music), and Mulan Princess (Kaapstad), to ensure one of the best families for Windsor Park Stud.

Supreme Khan was strapped by Lydia Truesdale.


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