A facile barrier trial win might provide the perfect boost to Super Too’s confidence as the speedy mare looks to bounce back from a spring carnival campaign plagued by misfortune.
Trainer Marc Conners isn’t getting carried away by the hitout in which Super Too streeted her nearest rival – Group One placegetter Nakeeta Jane – by almost 16 lengths, but he is relieved he’s got a happy horse.
“If you go back and have a look at her trial last preparation, she actually ran faster time (then),” Conners said.
“We just wanted her to have a nice little hitout without going too hard and Blake (Shinn) said he never really let her go, he just kept her on the bit and he was pretty happy with how she went.”
Super Too will resume in the Davali Thoroughbreds Cup (1000m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday, the first time she has raced at her home track.
A three-time placegetter in Group company, including last year’s Challenge Stakes when she was third to star sprinter Redzel, Super Too is returning from a spring preparation Conners would rather forget.
The mare was among the fancied runners for a Listed race at Moonee Valley in August but stumbled out of the gates and quartered both heels.
She finished a distant last and the experience zapped her confidence.
Two starts later she hit her head coming out of the barriers at Caulfield and was eased out of the race, prompting Conners to pull up stumps and spell her.
“It was a disaster,” he said.
Happily for Conners, Super Too has had a smooth preparation leading into Saturday and the trainer says the mare seems to be in a good headspace.
“We’re pretty happy with her. I thought she trialled like a happy horse and that’s what I need to have,” Conners said.
“She’s ready to go to the races and she’ll run very well.”