Supreme team eying up Galway Festival

THE Supreme Horse Racing Club are undoubtedly one of the luckiest syndicates in Irish horse racing. They’ve been in operation for less than a year and already, they’ve registered 13 successes on the racecourse and won over e82,000 in prize money.

THE Supreme Horse Racing Club are undoubtedly one of the luckiest syndicates in Irish horse racing. They’ve been in operation for less than a year and already, they’ve registered 13 successes on the racecourse and won over e82,000 in prize money.

And their winning run continued in fine fashion in recent days with three winners. Last Saturday week, Pique Sous carried the blue and white silks to victory in very easy fashion when winning the McLoughlin Oil Flat Race at Bellewstown and a bright future awaits this five-year-old, who finished third in last season’s Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham festival.

“He did exactly what we thought he would do. His class got him through and he is really a good ground horse. He has got loads of speed and he is probably a Supreme Novices’ horse. The sky’s the limit for him.” said Patrick Mullins after steering the 1/3 shot to victory. Pique Sous was introduced by certain bookmakers at 25/1 for next year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on the back of those comments. The Galway festival could also beckon for this talented grey gelding.

Then four days later, the Supreme Racing Club were celebrating another win at Roscommon when the classy Letherbelucky brought her record to three wins from just four starts when landing the Oran Novice Hurdle.

Having won at Wexford and Punchestown on her first two career starts, the half-sister to Muirhead was slightly disappointing when following home Top Madam at Down Royal but she bounced back to winning ways over the 2m4f trip at the Connaught venue. And one of the big pots at the Galway festival could now await this smart daughter of Luso with the St James Novice Hurdle on Galway Hurdle day being a possible target.

“She jumped well and stuck at it well. They went a good even gallop and she switches off well. She is very straightforward and I had plenty left in the tank at the end.” said winning jockey Paul Townend.

Willie Mullins was also impressed with Letherbelucky’s third career triumph. “I was disappointed she got beat at Down Royal the last day but that was more like it. She seems to want this kind of trip and she’s very much on course for the Galway festival.” reported Mullins.

Steve Massey, one of the head honchos in the Supreme Horse Racing Club, was delighted to see the club continue their winning run after Letherbelucky’s success. “That is our twelfth winner for the club since last September. We have fourteen horses in training with Willie Mullins and we just bought four more horses. We are going to have horses with Donald McCain too. Willie has done really well for us and we are delighted with how the club is going at the moment.” said Steve.

And then at Sligo on Sunday, Zuzka was expected to give the Supreme Racing Club another win and that’s exactly what happened as she too made it a third career success in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle in impressive fashion.

“She stepped at the third last but she jumped brilliantly apart from that. She had a very good run at Gowran Park last time out and she improved a bit from that.” reported winning jockey Ruby Walsh, who was registering his sixth winner of the week aboard Zuzka. The Supreme Racing Club could add to their tally in recent days with Chiltern Hills and Reine Angevine expected to go close at this week’s Killarney festival.

The feature race on Fairyhouse’s card last Sunday was the Listed Belgrave Stakes and here, Slade Power showed an impressive burst of speed to collar Arctic close home in testing conditions.

The Eddie Lynam-trained three-year-old, who scored at Listed level at Haydock last time, was winning his fourth race from six starts but he was made to work hard to land the honours. Wayne Lordan, who is having a tremendous season so far, was always travelling well and produced the son of Dutch Art late to deny the Tracey Collins-trained Arctic with Santo Padre staying on well to claim third.

“He’ll have a little break and possibly he could go for the Betfred Gold Cup at Haydock. I think he would prefer good ground.” said winning owner David Power, who also confirmed that Sole Power will have an entry in the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp in October.

In other news, Aidan & Joseph O’Brien made a worthwhile dash from Newmarket to Longchamp on Saturday evening to land the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris. The three-year-old, who was a late withdrawal from the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh, was bidding to resume winning ways after disappointing in the French Derby at Chantilly.

And given a fine front running ride from Joseph O’Brien, he showed plenty of guts and determination to repel the challenges of Last Train and Saint Baudolino with the unlucky in-running Main Sequence finishing fourth. Paddy Power introduced Imperial Monarch at 16/1 for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Aidan O’Brien indicated afterwards that the winner could possibly run next in the Prix Niel back at Longchamp in September.

And following that Group 1 triumph, the Ballydoyle duo completed a fine 16/1 treble at Fairyhouse the following afternoon. Parliament Square got off the mark at the fourth time of asking when winning the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden before Warwick Avenue landed the Value Packages At Fairyhouse Race at the expense of the hot favourite Blue Corner. And Chicago compensated for some recent defeats when impressing in winning the Fairyhouse Sunday Market Handicap.

But it wasn’t all glory for team Ballydoyle over the weekend as last year’s Irish Derby and Secretariat Stakes winner Treasure Beach was bidding for more international success when taking his chance in the Man O’War Stakes at Belmont Park in New York on Saturday night.

However, the four-year-old could only manage a fifth place finish. Ridden by Jamie Spencer, the son of Galileo was sent off the odds-on favourite but after being settled off the pace early on, he could never land a blow behind the eventual winner Point Of Entry.