Darrell Burnet not rushing Country Championship hopeful Supido Beauty

The Darrell Burnet-trained Supido Beauty, pictured here winning on debut at Gundagai last year, will trek to town tomorrow for the 1200m Class Three Highway Handicap at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

The sky appears to be the limit for impressive filly Supido Beauty, but Wagga trainer Darrell Burnet won’t be rushing the daughter of Supido that is out of Tennessee La Belle. 

The three-year has started four times for three wins, and she sent tongues wagging last year, landing a good maiden victory at Gundagai in August before backing up and winning at Wagga later that month. 

Following good trials at Royal Randwick and Wagga, Supido Beauty came out and finished seventh at Moonee Valley when first-up from a four-month spell back in December before bouncing back and winning at Wagga last month.  

Tomorrow, the Wagga galloper takes on the 1200m Class Three Highway Handicap at Royal Randwick, and after drawing gate five and securing the services of Chad Schofield, there is confidence she can run a bold race in the $120,000 event. 

Burnet wanted to put a lid on any expectation she might win, and while he was excited to see her race in town, the young trainer knows his filly will be up against it. 

“She is still learning, and she is still a three-year-old filly, and I think there is only one other three-year-old in tomorrow’s race,” Burnet said. 

“She’s had three runs in the country, and she’s won three, and there’s been good merit with each win, but I still don’t know what she is, or what she is capable of, but I think we will find out a lot more tomorrow.

“Most mares get a bit better with age, and six months ago she was unraced, and in that time, she’s won three from four, so it’s pretty exciting.”

Burnet was happy to put a line through Supido Beauty’s only failure to date, and he believes she is only better for the run. 

“In all her trials and races, it’s always been easy,” Burnet said. 

“She’s controlled things, quickened, and won, and at Moonee Valley, we went down there thinking she would sit outside the leader, or possibly even lead.

“With the Victorian way of going, they went like the clappers and went close to the track record, and well she ended up like a spilt pack of smarties.

“They vetted her post-race, and she was fine, and we checked her again when we got home, and she pulled up good.

“I just put the run down to experience, and now she is up in grade, she really isn’t suited to 1000m, and she should stretch out over further.

“The Highway is 1200m, and she will appreciate that and a bit further as well, and she has really come on from the run, which we saw last start when she won at Wagga with her ears pricked.”

While she is only young and lightly-raced, Supido Beauty could be set for the upcoming Country Championships, with the Southern Districts qualifier to be held at Albury on February 25.

While Burnet admitted it was a potential target, he reiterated that a tilt at the 2023 Country Championships would only be on the cards if Supido Beaty races well in town. 

“That’s three weeks away, and tomorrow’s Highway works out as the perfect lead-up race, but I want her to run well before I commit her to the Country Championships,” Burnet said.

“I want her to be comfortable in the run, balance up in the straight, and run through the line strongly. If she does that, I’ll be happy and we’ll press on, but if she only runs fair, there is a 1400m Highway Handicap (at Rosehill Gardens) in two weeks that might come up weaker.

“In saying that, if she is mentally not there, we might turn her out and bring her back for next year’s Country Championships. 

“Tomorrow is a fork in the road run, and we’ll see how she goes and how she pulls up and see what Chad (Schofield) has to say after the run.”

Regardless of tomorrow’s outcome, Burnet and connections have enjoyed a fun ride with Supido Beauty, who was an astute Magic Millions purchase. 

“I bought her at the Magic Millions two years ago for $40,000,” Burnet said. 

“I had her brother that never made it to the races, but he went quite well, and I went up to see her and loved her enough to fork out what was my biggest investment in a horse.

“She owes nothing and that’s what makes it so exciting, knowing there is more to come with her.” 

Tomorrow’s Highway Handicap is loaded affair, with a myriad of Country Championships hopefuls doing battle in the six-furlong event. For the field click here