The Phoenix Ladies Syndicate owned SUPERIOR will make his second career start tonight when he steps up in class and trip in the Al Bastakiya Trial this evening at Meydan.
A winner on his debut, he was made to work for that 1600m success but he showed a great attitude to get the better of the well thought of Martial Art, with the pair well clear of the rest giving the form some credibility.
“He had a nice introduction to racing,” Recalled trainer Ahmed bin Harmash. “He had company all the way to the line so it was good to see him fighting all the way, he will have learned plenty form that. He had a very minor set back in his work routine, but it was very small and everything has gone to plan since.”
Originally slated to run in the 2000 Guineas Trial, a race won in convincing fashion by stable mate Walking Thunder, he was diverted from that path in order to keep him apart from the eventual winner.
“Walking Thunder was working so well and was so fresh we had to run him instead.” Explained Harmash. “We have two very nice horses for Phoenix Ladies so we decided to run them in separate races. The is no reason to have two such nice horses taking each other on until they have to.”
Although connections are taking it one step at a time, if everything goes to plan, the two might very well meet in the UAE Derby, inevitably leading to comparisons being drawn between the two unbeaten colts.
“They are very different but both have a lot of ability.” Summarised their trainer. “Superior is a heavier type than Walking Thunder, who probably has got a bit more speed, that’s also a reason why we decided to go this way with him.”
Before anyone starts talking seriously about classics, this evening’s test is at the forefront of Harmash’s mind. Drawn four of 15, Superior has to face some stiff opposition this evening but there seems to be a quiet optimism among those who know him best.
“It’s a though race but he is also good.” Said Harmash. “We were very pleased with his last piece of work at home so with luck he will do himself justice.”