Two from Two for Super Junior

The hugely promising Pencarrow Stud bred three-year-old Super Junior maintained his unbeaten record in Singapore on Friday night with a brilliant win in the $65,000 Novice Stakes (1200m).

Ridden by top jockey Joao Moreira, Super Junior (Darci Brahma x Summary) was forced to take a narrow gap on the rails in the straight in order to find racing room but once clear he produced a strong driving finish to win by a long neck.

Trainer Michael Freedman was impressed with the colt’s performance.

“He’s wanting more ground,” said Freedman. “I said that after his first win over 1000 metres and I’m saying that again tonight.

“His pedigree suggests it as well, so to be winning over 1000 and 1200 metres at this stage of his career is a bit of a bonus.

“I thought tonight he did a really good job. He was niggled at to keep in touch with them over 1200 metres and I really think 1400 – 1600 metres is going to be ideal for him.”

Super Junior has shown an immense amount of promise from his two starts and Freedman is keen to take the colt to the next level, aiming him at the $200,000 Jubilee Stakes (1400m) on 30 September.

“I don’t know whether it will be of any benefit for him going into the race at his fourth start,” said Freedman.

“The race is still six weeks away, so if I don’t run him again then I’ll certainly have to give him a trial.

“He’s a horse that loves his tucker and he can get away from you a bit, but the way he’s going so far he looks to have a nice future here.”

Super Junior is owned by the Joy N Happiness Stable who also race the superstar Super Easy, winner of the Singapore 3YO Triple Crown and unbeaten in 11 Singapore starts. Both Super Junior and Super Easy are by the Pencarrow bred sire Darci Brahma who has made an excellent start to his stud career and currently tops the table in Singapore by individual wins.

“He’s a good young sire and I’m having a bit of luck with them,” said Freedman. “I hope the luck continues.”

Darci Brahma has had just nine runners in Singapore this season yet he currently holds third place in the sires’ premiership with $1.18 million in progeny earnings.

A well-bred colt, Super Junior is a half-brother to triple Group 2 winning mare Shikoba (Chief Bearhart) who was the 2006 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year. His dam Summary is a half-sister to the stakes winner Cloister (Marauding) who is the dam of dual Group 1 winning sprinter Melito (Redoute's Choice).

Summary has a yearling colt at foot by the Group 1 winning sprinter Sakhee's Secret and was served by Sakhee's Secret last season.