Super Hoof leads throughout again26 Sep 2019

A well-rated front running ride from jockey Cameron Lammas saw up and coming stayer Super Hoof fend off all comers to claim the $11,000 Melbourne Cup @at Te Rap (Rating 82) over 2100 metres on Wedneday.

Bred by Sir Patrick Hogan, the Cape Blanco five-year-old scored his only two previous wins by leading. After waiting tactics were tried on him, the results have been below expectations, but a switch back to his good old ways finally saw him bounce back to the winner’s stall.

Sent straight to the lead by Lammas, Super Hoof went on to carve up moderate sectionals to the race to swing for home as the one to run down and fought off a determined challenge from Sweet Treat (T.Thonrton) by a head with Richard of Yorke (C.Burdon) a length and three quarters back in third.

Super Hoof’s winning time was 2:14.03 (last 600m in 36.15) on a Slow7 track.

“We hold him in high regard but he’s a very tricky horse,” trainer Glenn Old said.
“I said to Cameron we better not to give up the lead today, three starts ago we gave up the lead and he went out the back door but I think he’ll be a better horse ridden in the trail.”
“He’s a genuine trier. Most of his races in his career he has fought on well.”
“We’ll pick a path to Riccarton. I wanted to run him out of his class to get some more rating points.”
“We think he is potentially a real staying horse of the future,” Old said.
Old purposely ran Super Hoof, a rating 69, out of his grade as he looked to bolster the rating of the gelding to give him a better chance of qualifying for the Christchurch feature, which holds fond memories for the Matamata horseman.
“You can’t ask for a better week than New Zealand Cup week. It is amazing, with great people and good weather.”
The win was Super Hoof’s third win from 8 starts with two second placings and takes his stakes to just under $35,000 for owner H S Wong.