Connections already have one eye on the spring after Super Cool claimed the $220,000 Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Super Cool wins the Autumn Stakes from long itme leader Fiveandahalfstar, picture qientinjlang.com
The Fastnet Rock gelding has been a model of consistency right throughout his three-year-old season and Sturday was no exception.
Fiveandahalfstar and Glen Boss took the field into the main straight with a 2L lead setting a task for Super Cool and Michael Rodd from the rear.
However, Super Cool still displayed the necessary turn of foot to overpower Fiveandahalfstar in the final stages and then go away for a 1L win.
Fiveandahalfstar (Hotel Grand) was well clear of the third placed Subiaso (Test Rossa) amd Steven Arnold with the margin 5 1/2L.
The time was 1.49.81 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in 34.62.
“Fiveandahalfstar is a terrific horse but he is a genuine stayer,” winning trainer Mark Kavanagh said.
“If the pace was right on and he made it into a true staying contest, we probably wouldn’t have got him but our horse has a better turn of foot and he showed that today.”
Super Cool is now a dual Group winner having claimed the Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) during the spring before running second to Fiveandahalfstar in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m).
Kavanagh will continue aiming his promising three-year-old towards middle distance races with a return to Moonee Valley’s Group 1 WFA Cox Plare over 2040m on the agenda.
“He will have one or two more runs and will be set aside for the spring,” Kavanagh said.
“There are plenty of targets around. The three-year-old staying ranks are pretty thin so we might go along that way and consider the Alister Clark."
The Flemington-based trainer also eluded to the 2013 Cox Plate being an option for Super Cool during the spring.
“He is just having a little preparation now to set him up for the spring,” Kavanagh said.
“Four runs [this campaign] and that will be enough.
“Then he gets a really good rest from mid March, all of April all of May and start on the first of June.”
Rodd has partnered Super Cool right throughout his three-year-old season.
Their partnership has so far yielded three wins and as many minor placings from seven starts.
“He has strengthened up and is nippy,” Rodd said.
“He has that nice turn of foot.
“He has always shown us a lot. I am very excited about his prospects.”
Super Cool, out of the Kingmambo mare Queen Mother, has won three times from eight starts and with three placings he has earned stakes of $599,350 for owners Rokk Ebony Syndicate (Mgr: Tj Torcasio), Calabria Syndicate, Wind Flyer Racing, Rokk Ebony No 2 Syndicate, Mr A E Fargas and Mr B C D Holt.