Supplicant on the upgrade

Fresh from his win in the Listed Ripon Champion Two-year-old Trophy, Supplicant once again proved what a progressive two-year-old he is for Richard Fahey when successful in the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes on Saturday. It was his third consecutive win of the campaign and fourth in total.

If anything, Saturday’s win over Rufford suggests that Supplicant is still on the upgrade and he should be competitive in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes if supplemented. He was knocked down to me for 65,000gns at last year’s Tattersalls October Sale – with the yearling sales now in full swing, it won’t be long until we are back in Newmarket searching for next year’s stars.

While there is much to look forward for the connections of Supplicant, the decision has been taken to retire our high-class filly Shumoos to the paddocks. Purchased for $375,000 at the Keeneland September Sale, Shumoos (right) didn’t take long to show she was above average for Brian Meehan; she was beaten a short-head at Royal Ascot in the Group 2 Queen Mary and after landing the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes at Kempton, was a fast-finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint on her first try on dirt.

She later joined Ben Cecil, for whom she won first time out at Santa Anita this year and was Grade 3-placed. In all, she won three races and $242,321 in prize-money.

As a Distorted Humor filly from the family of Ishiguru, she will make an excellent addition to the Aislabie broodmare band. Mating plans will be decided at a later date.

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