Three days, three winners for Widden’s Supido

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Wednesday’s midweek meetings in both Geelong and Sydney provided a quick-fire double for the Widden resident, Supido. It meant that just three days into the new racing season, the stallion has sired three 3-year-old winners in as many days.

For Antony Thompson, the studmaster at Widden Stud, a quiet Wednesday afternoon got very interesting in the space of half-an-hour when his resident sire Supido had two winners.

At Geelong, it came in the shape of What You Need, a colt running on debut for Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr, while at Canterbury in Sydney, Buenos Noches won on debut for Warwick Farm trainer Matthew Smith.

Supido | Standing at Widden Stud

The pair of 3-year-old colts brought Supido’s record of first-crop winners to five, following on from horses like Stupendo, who won on debut at Flemington in December. The stallion also has Kosta’s Crown in Western Australia, that gelding running third in the G3 WA Sires’ Produce S. and Listed WATC Perth S.

At Geelong, What You Need was particularly brilliant for Price and Kent Jnr.

Ridden by Ben Melham, the 3-year-old broke from barrier five and returned a 4l victory for his owners, which includes Widden Stud, among others.

The colt was a very tidy favourite at $1.85, and the closest anyone got to him at the line was the Godolphin gelding Lascars (Sepoy), who was especially well-bred as a son of the Group 2 winner Alizes (NZ) (Rory’s Jester).

What You Need was a $180,000 purchase by Price at the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, consigned by Widden Stud. The training team had plenty to recommend the colt, with Supido spending his racetrack career in the care of Michael Kent Snr.

Buenos Noches, meanwhile, was a gritty winner in Sydney.

The colt had plenty to do in the straight to shoot down the Chris Waller filly Beautiful Heart (Snitzel), who had plenty of pedigree as the half-sister to Group 1 winner Hungry Heart (Frankel {GB}).

However, Buenos Noches was a comfortable winner in the end, posting a 1.7l victory and giving his jockey, Josh Parr, an early raceday double.

The 3-year-old colt had cost his trainer, Matthew Smith, just $40,000 when plucked from the Widden draft at the Highway Session of the 2021 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale last year. He’d been selected by Melissa Smith, the trainer’s wife.

Supidos at the sales

For Antony Thompson, it was a unique 20 minutes on an otherwise uneventful Wednesday afternoon.

“It was a very exciting 20 minutes,” he said, chatting with TDN AusNZ. “Two Supidos very impressive on debut in quick succession.”

What You Need was bred by Widden Stud, and he was one of two inaugural colts that Thompson brought to the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. The other was Stupendo, bought by Danny O’Brien for $120,000.

Antony Thompson | Image courtesy of Inglis

“Mick Kent Jnr had a fair bit to do with the Price-Kent partnership buying this colt because he’d obviously had a bit to do with Supido in the years he worked with his father,” Thompson said. “What You Need was part of the first crop of Supidos that made it to the Magic Millions in January, and we only brought two to that Sale.

“The plan was not to take a lot of Supidos to Magic Millions, but just to showcase him with a couple of really nice horses. And both What You Need and Stupendo were certainly that. They both sold well and went to good stables, and they’ve both been winners now.”

The Thompson family kept small shares in both colts, which was a statement of their faith in Supido.

“The plan was not to take a lot of Supidos to Magic Millions (last year), but just to showcase him with a couple of really nice horses. And both What You Need and Stupendo were certainly that.” – Antony Thompson

“They’ve both been really nice horses for him,” the studmaster said. “Mel Smith identified Buenos Noches at the Classic Sale. We bred that colt in partnership with Bill Duncan, and she snuffled a bargain there at $40,000. He looks a really nice horse as well.”

At the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale last year, What You Need was the highest-priced Supido of seven total progeny in the catalogue. His dam, the Commands mare Intuit, is a half-sister to the G3 Proud Miss S. winner Runway Star (Northern Meteor).

At the Inglis Classic Sale the following month, Buenos Noches was one of eight progeny of Supido in the catalogue. At $40,000, he was a little way off Supido's best-seller at $90,000.

Buenos Noches winning at Canterbury Park | Image courtesy of Ashlea Brennan

Buenos Noches is the second foal from the Northern Meteor mare Koi, who is a three-quarter sister to Into Orbit (Northern Meteor), the latter running second in the 2007 G3 Manfred S. at Caulfield.

If these two colts are anything to go, there might be something to the Supido-Northern Meteor cross.

Three days, three winners

For Supido at Widden Stud, both horses, along with the promising Stupendo, are good advertisements heading into a new breeding season.

Supido has just one crop of racing age going around, and his five winners have come from 17 total starters. It hasn’t been a bad start for a stallion that stands for $8800 (inc GST), but it’s also been a dazzling start to the 2022/23 racing season.

Stupendo, one of Supido's promising up-and-comers

Adding to Wednesday’s pair of winners, at Gundagai on Monday, the Supido filly Supido Beauty, trained by Darrell Burnet, won on debut over 1180 metres. It was the first day of the new season.

“Supido has had some nice 2-year-old winners, Stupendo being a good example, but to see him come out with three 3-year-old winners from three runners is really exciting for the first three days of the season,” Thompson said.

“People are telling us they’re going to be nice 3-year-olds in time, so you have to be a little bit patient, therefore. But we’ve been told there are some ones coming through that we haven’t seen yet.”

“Supido has had some nice 2-year-old winners, Stupendo being a good example, but to see him come out with three 3-year-old winners from three runners is really exciting for the first three days of the season.” – Antony Thompson

For a stallion at this price point, these are welcome results for Widden at this time of year. For breeders not committed to stallions yet, Supido is good value off a flurry of recent results.

“He’s always covered reasonably sized books and I’m sure the phone will start ringing,” Thompson said. “It’s a competitive point of the stallion market, but there are plenty of breeders in that price point who want to either breed to sell or to race.

“Also, when you get announcements like those of Racing NSW today (Wednesday) around boosts to country prizemoney, I think there will be plenty of people that will see the benefits in breeding these types of horses. It’s a very affordable thing to do, to breed to a horse like him for $8800.”

Supido’s books have consistently hovered around 100 since he went to stud in 2018. Thompson expects it will be similar this spring.

“We have a target book of around 100 for him, but all that depends on what happens over the next few weeks or even months,” he said. “With Mick Price talking black type with What You Need, and Matt Smith has got some more lofty targets for Buenos Noches, there could be nice things yet to happen.”

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