Super One Claims Maiden Australian Race Win In McKay Stakes

Super One recorded his maiden race win in Australia with a dominant front-running effort in the 2016 McKay Stakes at Morphettville this afternoon.

Super One was too quick for his rivals in the 2016 McKay Stakes. Photo by: Jenny Barnes

Super One was too quick for his rivals in the 2016 McKay Stakes. Photo by: Jenny Barnes

Jockey Daniel Moor took Super One straight to the front in the early stages of the McKay Stakes and the Team Freedman-trained galloper showed plenty of speed to open up a clear lead.

The likes of Thermal Current, Daytona Grey and Heart Of A Lion looked as though they were going to run into the race, but none of them made up any ground on Super One and he was very strong on the line.

Super One made his racing debut in Singapore with a dominant three and a half lengths victory in the Make Your Own Magic Stakes (1100m) at Kranji on April 12 last year and he went on to win the IRT Juvenile Stakes (1200m) on May 3, the Group 2 Golden Horseshoe (1200m) on May 15 and the Group 3 Juvenile Championship (1200m) on July 26 to stamp himself as the champion two-year-old of Singapore.

The son of I Am Invincible made his Australian racing debut with an upset loss at the hands of General Jackson in the Apache Cat Classic (1000m) at Cranbourne on October 11 and he beat home just a single runner in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 31.

Super One was a big drifter in the lead-up to the McKay Stakes, but he won like a very good horse and he could press on to a race like the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on May 21 or potentially make the trip to Queensland for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

Daytona Grey made up good ground on the rail late to finish third, while Heart Of A Lion produced close to a career best performance to finish third.

Thermal Current was easily the best-backed runner in the lead-up to the McKay Stakes and he started the race as clear favourite, but he was one of the first horses beaten and he could finish no better than fifth.

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