Superoi’s owners have already had some fun with the five-year-old this season but his effort at Happy Valley on Wednesday night left no doubt that the story isn’t over yet.
Derek Cruz-trained Superoi had been out of the first four only once in eight starts this term, with two Valley wins over the extended mile, and his fifth to Heroic Guru was filled with enough merit to say that there should still be another win in the gelding.
The stewards’ report on Superoi was lengthy, as jockey Nash Rawiller detailed various difficulties in running that led to the gelding sailing around the field very wide in the run towards the home straight.
In a race that was stoutly run for the most part as horses worked around the field to keep the momentum of the leaders rolling, Superoi probably would have been better served sitting back where he was near the eventual winner but the gelding had been taking a strong hold and the jockey elected to let him run.
The bottom line is that Superoi had to sustain a long run in the race and was left exposed when the late finishers came along.
A model of consistency, Superoi certainly has another race left in him when things work out better than they did this time.
From the same race, the story has not been quite the same for Beauty Kingdom, with his 12 prior starts here producing two third placings, but that appears about to change for the Tony Cruz-trained four-year-old.
Sent forward early from a wider gate, Beauty Kingdom did plenty of work to get up outside the lead and he was another affected by the strong tempo in the race but stuck on very bravely in the run home.
He was only lightly raced in Britain as a two-year-old with a win from five starts and was never run beyond short sprints but that record included a fifth in the prestigious Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot so he has some pretensions to class.
The way he is shaping now as a more mature animal, his forte looks to be at least the mile and probably even further and he shouldn’t be long winning his local maiden.