Supara Gains 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes Start

April 7th, 2016

Group 1-winning mare Politeness has been scratched from the field for Saturday’s Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick; paving the way for the Gai Waterhouse-trained Supara to take her place in the field of the feature race.

Politeness has been scratched from the 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes field. Photo: Steve Hart

Politeness has been scratched from the 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes field. Photo: Steve Hart

Politeness has been a strong and consistent performer for trainer Robert Smerdon through her entire racing tenure so far but undoubtedly found career-best form to date through the recent Spring Carnival.

Taking out each of the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Cape Grim Beef Stakes (1200m), the Street Sense mare was given little hope of success in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on October 31st but produced a huge performance to hit the line a length in the clear of closest rival Fenway.

Returning to the paddock after finishing second in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), Politeness gained plenty of condition from three starts leading into the Queen Of The Turf Stakes and has left a big hole in the talent-rich field.

Having been allocated the ideal barrier 4, all horses drawn outside Politeness will now move in one place meaning Supara will jump from barrier 10.

Four-year-old Supara has posted a number of commendable results for Waterhouse and enters the 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes with a record of one win and five minors through only fourteen starts.

Stamping herself as a filly to follow from her debut campaign, Supara ran a close second to First Seal in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) upon resuming in 2015 before finishing third in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) behind Winx and fourth in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m).

Having returned this time for seventh in the Group 3 Wenona Girl Quality (1200m) on March 5th, the daughter of Domesday was rated virtually no chance in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) on March 26th but produced a slick turn of foot to hit the line a close second behind Zanbagh.

Tommy Berry has been confirmed to take the ride on Supara this weekend, who represents terrific value for money at current $21 Queen Of The Turf Stakes odds with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.