Super Helpful in super form ahead of National Sprint

Quayde Krogh believes Super Helpful can feature in Sunday’s $150,000 National Sprint. Photo: Bradley Photos.

A sensational line-up will contest Sunday’s $150,000 Listed National Sprint at Canberra’s Thoroughbred Park, and up-and-coming star Super Helpful will look to win the biggest race of his career. 

Trained by the Barbara Joseph, Paul, and Matt Jones team, the four-year-old is an enigmatic type, having started 19 times for seven wins and four placings, earning connections over $200,000 in the process. 

Super Helpful has endured his moments, and while he won three from six last preparation, including a career-defining victory in the $100,000 Snake Gully cup at Gundagai, he has thrown away the odd race due to his barrier manners. 

Still, he returned from a 13-week let-up in the 1200m TAB Federal National Sprint Preview at Canberra on February 24, and despite starting moderately from a wide gate, he finished strongly to win, giving connections and stable jockey Quayde Krogh all the confidence in the world that he is ready for Sunday’s assignment.

“He actually felt quite relaxed, and for him, he is a horse that is normally a bit tense first-up,” Krogh said. 

“His barrier problems have been well-documented, and that race at Kembla Grange, he missed the kick and was over-racing, and he can be a bit funny like that, but he has come back from his spell a bit more switched on.

“He is really starting to come into his own and he is turning into a really nice racehorse.”

Krogh’s partner Vanessa Grant rides most of Super Helpful’s work, and he explained that everyone involved with the horse believes he can make that next big step up in class.

“I think he is really starting to mature, and with such a positive racing prep last time, and with him putting three (wins) on the board, he can go on with it,” Krogh said. 

“Now he is more settled, more matured, and just a better horse around the stable.

“I don’t ride his work, but my partner Vanessa does, and she has said that he has come back a more matured horse and that he is ready to tackle this assignment.”

Despite opening up as a double figure chance, Krogh is adamant Super Helpful can run a big race.

“I think he is definitely capable of winning,” Krogh replied when asked if the Super Helpful was up to this class of race. 

“He is a horse that every time we have thrown something at him, he has stepped up to the next level.

“Yes, he is a horse that needs a few things to go right, but he has an electric sprint and he showed us the other day that he can sit back a bit worse than midfield and still win.”

It is a classy race though, and the Canberra based jockey didn’t want to take anything away from the good field. 

“I think every horse in the race deserves to be there,” Krogh said. 

“You have Another One, which is the Country Championships winner; Saigon has won $300 or $350 thousand in prizemoney; Handle The Truth is terrific campaigner; and Cavalier Charles ran a good race in The Kosciuszko.

“Still, I believe on the day, he can beat any of those horses.”

The 1400m, $150,000 National Sprint is one of three feature races on Sunday, but headlining the program is the Group 3, $200,000 Black Opal for the two-year-olds over the 1200m journey. 

On Monday, there are two Listed events on the program, with the time-honoured $200,00 Canberra Cup the feature race, while the three-year-olds take on the $150,000 Canberra Guineas. 

Krogh will be a busy man across the two-day carnival, with six rides on Sunday and four rides on Monday, and he touched on some of his better chances.

“I like Zelago on Sunday,” Krogh said. 

“With his run the other day at Gosford, the door closed on him, and he has had a form turnaround, and he won first-up over the Bega carnival, and then ran second to Sweet Biscuit (at Nowra), and most people will tell you she is a very good horse. 

“Region Time (on Monday) will go around for Gratz (Vella) in the Guineas, and she has really come back stronger. She showed that when she went close in the Guineas preview.”

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