The outstanding eight-time winning racemare Supera (NZ) (Savabeel) came tantalisingly close to Group 1 glory on three separate occasions, collecting a total of four Group 1 placings in her remarkable career.
At her last start she went down by a whisker in the Group 1 Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic over 2000m on Boxing Day, to cement a career record of 23 starts for eight wins, six seconds, two thirds and $387,225 in stakes.
The talented six-year-old also ran second in the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy over 1400m earlier in the season, second in the Group 1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes over 1600m, and third in the Group 1 Bonecrusher Stakes over 2000m. Supera also provided Pencarrow Stud with a fourth victory in the time-honoured Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m).
Supera is out of Sopra Tutto (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy), who is the dam of five winners from six foals to race including Eleonora (NZ) (Makfi), who won two Group Three races and placed in the Group One VRC Oaks (2500m).