SuperCoach Racing 2020: 10 premium horses to watch this spring

Sprint stars Nature Strip and Gytrash won’t likely clash again before their mouth-watering rematch in The Everest next month.

Gytrash has taken out both encounters between the pair but Nature Strip has retained favouritism for The Everest, which is again set to be the race of the spring.

Which horses could be joining them?

Here are top 10 premium SuperCoach horses set to feature during the spring carnival.

NATURE STRIP

6yo gelding

SuperCoach price: $500,000

Target race: The Everest (Round 3), VRC Sprint (Round 8)

Rated the world’s best sprinter, Chris Waller’s stable star suffered a shock loss in the Concorde Stakes last week but the first-up defeat has become a recent pattern. His autumn campaign began with a disappointing fourth in the Lightning Stakes before he rebounded with breathtaking wins in the Challenge Stakes (Group 2) and T.J. Smith Stakes (Group 1). Expect him to return to his explosive best in the The Everest.

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GYTRASH

5yo gelding

SuperCoach price: $425,000

Target races: The Everest (Round 3), VRC Sprint (Round 8)

The late-blooming sprinter defeated Nature Strip for the second time in the Concorde Stakes. On the strength of that 1½-length win, the Lightning Stakes winner will be even more formidable this spring.

ALLIGATOR BLOOD

4yo gelding

SuperCoach price: $400,000

Target race: Golden Eagle (Round 5)

The one-time cult horse is losing his fan appeal, no doubt because of the antics of his owner following his Magic Millions disqualification. Fortunately, his Australian Guineas victory wasn’t taken away, which was his 10th win in 11 starts (before the MM Guineas was stripped off his record). His unplaced finish in the All-Star Mile may have been a race too many at the end of a busy campaign. The Alligator makes his anticipated return this Saturday at Doomben.

Alligator Blood won the Australian Guineas in the autumn. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

BIVOUAC

4yo horse

SuperCoach price: $450,000

Target races: The Everest (Round 3), Golden Eagle (Round 5)

Won the Newmarket Handicap as a three-year-old in an otherwise underwhelming autumn campaign. That may seem a harsh call considering he did win the country’s premier handicap sprint but he performed below market expectations in his other four runs. However, the Godolphin stable is confident the entire can make a statement this spring.

VERRY ELLEEGANT

5yo mare

SuperCoach price: $475,000

Target races: Cox Plate (Round 4), Melbourne Cup (Round 6)

She went to a new level in the autumn with a dominant win in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes and was runner-up to high-class English raider Addeybb in the Ranvet Stakes and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The Chris Waller mare is possibly going even better after resuming with a tough win in the Winx Stakes over 1400m, which is well short of her preferred distance range. She’ll give the Cox Plate, and even the Melbourne Cup, a major shake.

Verry Elleegant returned with a bang in the Winx Stakes. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

AVILIUS

7yo gelding

SuperCoach price: $450,000

Target races: Epsom Handicap (Round 1), Cox Plate (Round 4)

It’s been nearly 12 months since his last victory after a winless autumn campaign. The three-time Group 1 winner showed he can still be a contender after a fast-finishing fourth in his return in the Chelmsford Stakes.

CON TE PARTIRO

7yo mare

SuperCoach price: $475,000

Target race: Epsom Handicap (Round 1)

A surprise Group 1 winner in the autumn, landing both the Coolmore Classic and the Queen Of The Turf in a purple patch of form. She ran an encouraging fifth in the Winx Stakes and will be a strong hope in the Epsom Handicap. A trip to the US for the Breeders’ Cup series is the goal for the US-bred mare, but the Cox Plate and Empire Rose Stakes are logical back-up targets if the coronavirus pandemic derails those ambitions.

Tim Clark celebrates Con Te Partiro’s win in the Coolmore Classic. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

SAVATIANO

5yo mare

SuperCoach price: $475,000

Target race: The Everest (Round 3)

The Godolphin mare missed her opportunity to claim a Group 1 when he she was scratched on vet’s advice before the Memsie Stakes. She is dynamic between 1200m and 1400m. The Everest, Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Empire Rose Stakes are all possible options.

TREKKING

6yo gelding

SuperCoach price: $475,000

Target race: The Everest (Round 3)

While Bivouac is favourite to secure Godolphin’s slot for The Everest, his stablemate shouldn’t be disregarded. He chased down Gytrash in the Group 1 The Goodwood in May, and ran third in The Everest last year.

SANTA ANA LANE

8yo gelding

SuperCoach price: $475,000

Target races: The Everest (Round 3), VRC Sprint (Round 8)

Does the sprint champ have one more Group 1 win left in him? His last at the elite level was in the T.J. Smith Stakes back in April 2019, although he finished second in that race earlier this year and The Everest last spring. He produces his best form second-up but age is catching up with him.

Originally published as10 SuperCoach equine stars to watch

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