Super Too runs like Lightning
Wednesday 14 February at 11:12am Racing.com
The Black Caviar Lightning is a race for fast horses and to that end, Super Too certainly fits the bill. But more often than not blinding speed is not enough to win the most prestigious 1000-metre race in the country. Such is her explosive speed that on Saturday at Flemington it is all but certain that the four-year-old mare from Warwick Farm will establish an early lead over the cream of Australia's short-course horses.
Less certain is her ability to stay in front for the entire kilometre against her older, better-credentialed rivals.
Stephen Baster knows a bit about fast horses. As an apprentice, he won an Oakleigh Plate in 1993 aboard Mookta and has ridden some serious sprinters in the 25-year period since.
He has been aboard Super Too in just one trial but that experience was enough for him to be expecting to be suffering windburn come late Saturday.
"She's definitely very fast," Baster said on Wednesday. "That is her asset. She's just really quick and we hope to be able to get running and hold on.
"I think it's been a long-term plan to run her in that race. She's had a couple of straight runs and she got lost in one of them (fourth in Listed Cap D'Antibes Stakes in 2016) and the other she drew the wrong side (second to Spright in 2016 Group 3 Red Roses Stakes).
"She's obviously got to improve to be up with them, but I couldn't be happier with the trial."
Super Too will jump from the middle of the field on Saturday after drawing five in the final field of 10.
In Super Too's first trial at Warwick Farm in January, she beat the Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign and then Baster was aboard for her second trial at Warwick Farm where she cruised to victory, running 33 seconds flat for the final 600 metres of the 800-metre trial.
Super Too is a half sister to Super One, who is now standing at Newgate and commanding a service fee of $11,000. He won his first four races in Singapore for Michael Freedman before four races in Australia, where his best result was a G3 McKay Stakes win in Adelaide.
But while Super One cost Freedman $190,000 as a yearling, Super Too cost her trainer Marc Conners just $25,000. After 12 races, she has five wins and $280,000 already in the bank
Hinchinbrook Filly Wins Inglis Bonus
Tara Madgwick - Sunday, 21 February 2016
This Hinchinbrook filly was highlighted in a recent Juvenile Trial Watch story on Breednet and got the cash at Canberra on Sunday to the great delight of her big group of owners.
Inglis Classic graduate Super Too proved she is in fact deserving of the same adjective as her older brother Super One, when she dominated the field to win the Lightning Ridge Inglis Bonus 2YO Plate over 1000m at Canberra, securing a $50,000 bonus on top of the prizemoney for her large group of owners.
Super Too (Hinchinbrook x Tails Wins)jumped as favourite for the contest after a strong trial win at Warwick Farm earlier this month, and rewarded punters’ confidence early when she took the lead in the first 200m. She continued to lead for the remainder of the race, fending off advances from fellow Classic graduate, the Bede Murray-trained Flash Fibian, and hit the line strongly.
The second foal of an unraced mare and by Yarraman Park’s then first season sire Hinchinbrook, Super Too failed to meet her reserve in the ring at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. Trainer Marc Conners is glad he sought her out for purchase for $25,000, as she is now the half-sister to Champion Two-year-old in Singapore Super One, and herself the winner of a total of $69,300 after today’s victory.
"After she passed in I went and had another two looks, and I just had to have her,” said Conners.
"We initially targeted the Inglis Classic Race but we didn’t get there, and this was the next event on the Inglis Race Series calendar for two-year-olds so it was a no-brainer to debut her here. She outweighs all the older mares at 520kg, she absolutely laps up her work and I was fairly confident going into today,” Conners said.
Super Too has also secured herself a start in next month’s $280,000 Group 3 CRC Black Opal Stakes at the same track.
"She was syndicated to all existing owners of mine, and our dream is obviously the Golden Slipper, so a start in the Black Opal will give a good indication as to whether we’re on track,” added Conners.
Jockey Winona Costin is also positive about the filly’s future, commenting "She pricked her ears and really enjoyed the race today. She relaxed so well and she indicates she’ll make light work of the 1200m.”
Bred by Reg Kemister, Super Too was consigned through the Broadwater Thoroughbreds (now Bhima Thoroughbreds) draft, and is owned by her trainer, in conjunction with Canary Bros Racing, Mr Paul Reynolds, Mrs J M Harle, Mrs L L Stepetz, Mrs K Russell, Mrs A Solagna, Miss M L Conners, Mr S W Palmer, Mrs M L Palmer, Mr D Gollan, Only Takes One, Mr A J Goonan, Mr L Newton, Mr S C Noble, Mr M J Burling, Mr P B Szalajko, Mr L J Parkes, Mrs T M Parkes and Mr R M Heterick.
$50,000 BONUS FOR SUPER TOO
ANZ Bloodstock News.com
Super Too (Hinchinbrook), a half-sister to Super One (I Am Invincible), earned a $50,000 bonus yesterday when winning the Lightning Ridge 2YO Plate (1000m) at Canberra. Trained by Marc Conners, the filly was purchased for $25,000 at last year’s Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. “After she passed in I went and had another two looks, and I just had to have her,” said Conners. “We initially targeted the Inglis Classic Race but we didn’t get there, and this was the next event on the Inglis Race Series calendar for two-year-olds so it was a no-brainer to debut her here.”
Super Too will head to next month’s Black Opal Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m).
Fiftyshadesofgrey flies late to win thriller
Tom Walter - 13 Jun 2015
The Marc Conners-trained Fiftyshadesofgrey sent favourite punters home on a winning note in a thrilling finale to Saturday’s meeting at Rosehill.
The grey mare was left with a mountain to climb in the home straight, as the Kristen Buchanan-trained Two Blue kicked clear and looked to have the Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1200m) parceled up. But Fiftyshadesofgrey was not to be denied, sprouting wings over the final 100 metres to nab Two Blue ($9) right on the line to score by a half neck. Finishing three-quarters of a length away in third was the Stephen Hood-trained Floral Gold ($10).
After suffering a half-length defeat in the previous race aboard Grande Punto, Jason Collett picked himself up to get Fiftyshadesofgrey over the line, much to the delight of punters after the horse had firmed from $4.60 into $3.70 late in betting.
"It was a fantastic win although I’m not going to lie I was very worried at the top of the straight,” Conners said. "She had a lot of horses in front of her but fortunately the run came and she was able to capitalize.”
The win gave the daughter of Written Tycoon her first Saturday metropolitan success and Conners intends to keep the mare racing through the winter months.
"We’ll just keep going through the grades with her, this time of year is good for her,” he said.
Fiftyshadesofgrey was last seen carrying 60.5kg only five days ago at the same track when finishing a desperately unlucky second behind the David Vandyke-trained Momma’s Snitzel
Trainer Marc Conners adopts novel approach to stable change, headed by Fiftyshadesofgrey
Date: Sydney Morning Herald June 11, 2015 - 3:45PM
Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.
Warwick Farm trainer Marc Conners might not be too well versed on the methods of the physicist, but he has taken a leaf out of his philosophy to help the stable's rejuvenation this year.
"We've had a good few months and we went through a stage about nine months ago where we changed a lot of things around because we weren't going in the right direction," Conners said. "We were going the same way as we had been so we changed things around. It is starting to pay off.
"A few people have asked me [what the difference is], but it's been a lot of things. There's not one [answer]. It's about how we operate the stable, how we train the horses, the feed ... everything changed. They were quite extensive changes and it's worked out well."
Conners, whose father Clarry is regarded as one of the most astute trainers in Australia, is enjoying his most successful term in seven years. He already has 25 winners for the season and has designs on lifting that total in the final seven weeks of the campaign.
And a decision to back up bonny mare Fiftyshadesofgrey only five days after she last started is one that may not have been made in the past.
"I suppose it's never easy and until she gets to the races 100 per cent on Saturday I can't be sure yet, but she had a very easy run on Monday," Conners said of his Written Tycoon mare, which is set to start high up in betting charts for the last at Rosehill on Saturday.
"She drops a lot of weight on Saturday and with a little bit of rain that's not going to hurt her as well. She loves Rosehill so there's plenty of positives. We've just got to get her there in one piece on Saturday."
Fiftyshadesofgrey, raced by an all-female group of owners who had designs on picking up the Magic Millions ladies bonuses on offer, sailed home from last to beat all bar Momma's Snitzel at Rosehill on Monday. And she won't have any issue with being anchored by 60.5kg which she carried earlier in the week, instead plummeting to the limit weight of 54kg with Jason Collett retaining the mount.
"No doubt it does [help], but I reckon she carries weight very well though," Conners said. "Monday showed that. She's going very well and it's just bad luck that beat her on Monday .... it wasn't anything else. What difference the weight has it's hard to say, but we're meeting a lot stronger race. The problem is when you get back in a race you can always find trouble and she just seems to find a bit more than normal. Her last two preparations have been her best and she just keeps getting better and better. The good thing is she's nice and sound and she's probably got a few more races left in her that's for sure."
Gerald Ryan's Aerobar was a $3.10 favourite with Ladbrokes on Thursday evening for the last race at Rosehill with Fiftyshadesofgrey on the second line of betting at $5.50.
RACING NSW - Monday, 26 May 2014
Marc Conners Wins Trainers Bonus On Nowra Cup Day
A great day of racing at Archer Racecourse on Sunday with the $30,000 Kinghorn Motor Group Nowra Cup taken out by Genki Moochi, trained by Jason Coyle with jockey Peter Wells on board.
The final round of the the Telstra Business Centre Trainers Autumn Racing Premiership went right down to the wire. At the start of the last race, the winner could have been either Warwick Farm trainer Marc Conners or Kembla trainer Donna Grisedale.
Crown Moss came in third ensuring Marc Conners was the overall winner on 42 points. Close behind on 40 points was Donna Grisedale with local Nowra trainer Robert Price also on 40 points.
Shoalhaven Turf Club CEO, Lynn Locke, thanked Telstra Business Centre Nowra who has sponsored the premiership for the past two years.
"We are hoping that we will once again, with their support, be able to run this competition in 2015," said Ms Locke. "We had a great crowd and a fantastic day of racing saw the Nowra Cup/Girls Day Out being the most popular and successful raceday on the calendar for Shoalhaven City Turf Club.
"We had a strong field in the Cup, fantastic fashions in our Fashions on the Field and a great atmosphere throughout the day and unlike last year, when this raceday was abandoned after one race, the weather was perfect.