Is Super Too The Fastest Speedster?

A check of the time records is required after Super Too broke the sound barrier with her amazing speed over the first 600 metres of the Challenge Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

With all the technology now available to racing authorities and form analysts I’m sure somebody will claim another horse has gone faster – maybe a quarter horse or an unknown thoroughbred - because Super Too was in Black Caviar territory with her brilliant 200m split between the 800m and 600m that set the platform for Redzel’s track record time of 55.73 seconds for the 1000m.

The magnificent Black Caviar made history in the 2012 Lightning Stakes over 1000m at Flemington when she became the first horse in an Australian race to be officially timed to run faster than 10 seconds for 200 metres.

She was clocked to run 9.98 seconds between the 600m and 400m on her pet Flemington straight course, a time that equated to 72kmh or 45mph in the old terminology.

Incredibly the flying Super Too went faster on Saturday.

The new and very accurate ATC/Racing NSW intel tracking system timed the Mark Conners-trained speedster to run an amazing 9.96 seconds between the 800m and 600m before she hit the Randwick home turn.

That brilliant 200m split saw her speed over the first 400m of the Challenge Stakes race from a standing start in 22.64 seconds. The race's last 600m sectional was 33.09 seconds (leader to leader).

Obviously Super Too couldn’t sustain her early speed for 1000 metres with Redzel running her down with a split of 10.45 seconds from the 400m to the 200m.

The sheer speed of the race then took its toll on Redzel as the Everest winner slowed to an almost pedestrian 11.25 seconds over the last 200m, understandable given the effort he had made to chase and run down the low flying Super Too.

But all credit to Super Too as her blistering pace over the first 600m certainly made for an exciting race that brought out the best in Redzel!

Redzel wins the Challenge Stakes
Redzel wins the Challenge Stakes Picture: Steve Hart

Redkirk Warrior’s winning time in the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington was also a clock stopper.

Redkirk Warrior flew down the straight 1200m course in 1:08.33 from the front, setting a breakneck pace on the outside rail that gave him a winning break on the runners that split to the more favourable inside rail.

He was obviously spent on the line as the runner-up Brave Smash and third placegetter Merchant Navy both flew to the line in sub-22 second splits for their last 400 metres.
Racing and Sports

Randwick

Saturday, 10th March 2018

5
15:00
(local)

Hyland Race Colours Chall Stks (G2)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
AUD $502,000
1000m TURF GOOD
5
15:00
(local)
AUD $502,000
1000m GOOD

Hyland Race Colours Chall Stks (G2)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
FP Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 1. REDZEL (AUS) 5yo G
SNITZEL (AUS) - MILLRICH (AUS)
KERRIN MCEVOY
PETER & PAUL SNOWDEN
$1.40
58.5kg
Triple Crown Synd (Mgr: C H Ward), Walfam No 2 (Mgr: B Walsh), Ten Players (Mgr: S J Fletcher), J N Allen, P Piras, V P Chau, T W Cheng, M R Waddington, Mrs A Gibson, Dr A Kuok, J W Medland, T Kocovski, Mrs P Di Marco, L Halloran, M E Hardwick, B D Playford, D Yates & A Savage

Sales Information

2nd 3. JUNGLE EDGE (AUS) 7yo G
DUBAWI (IRE) - JUNGLE GIRL (NZ)
KEVIN FORRESTER
MICK BELL
$81.00
58.5kg
I D Dunkley, Mrs M D Strickland, G K Wilson, Mrs J I Wilson, Mrs B J Bell, P J Bow, Mrs J A Hayes, J A Hayes, J M Conroy, B A Conroy, P Orlandi, I Daire, M A Bell, M J Holt & Mrs Y I Knowles
3rd 7. SUPER TOO (AUS) 4yo M
HINCHINBROOK (AUS) - TAILS WINS (AUS)
BLAKE SHINN
MARC CONNERS
$15.00
56.5kg
M C Conners Racing, Canary Bros Racing, Mrs J Harle, Mrs L Thomas, Mrs K Russell, Mrs A Solagna, Miss M Conners, S Palmer, Mrs M Palmer, D Gollan, Only Takes One, A Goonan, L Newton, S Noble, M Burling, P Szalajko, L Parkes, Mrs T Parkes & R Heterick

Sales Information

4th 9. VIRIDINE (AUS) 3yo C
POET'S VOICE (GB) - PATINA (AUS)
BRENTON AVDULLA
JAMES CUMMINGS
$7.00
56.0kg
5th 6. ENGLISH (AUS) 5yo M
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - COURT (AUS)
COREY BROWN
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
$9.00
56.5kg
6th 2. TERRAVISTA (AUS) 8yo G
CAPTAIN RIO (GB) - PARFORE (NZ)
JASON COLLETT
JOSEPH PRIDE
$21.00
58.5kg
7th 4. TAKEDOWN (AUS) 5yo G
STRATUM (AUS) - APAMEA (GB)
TIM CLARK
GARY MOORE
$41.00
58.5kg

Sales Information

8th 8. THE MISSION (AUS) 3yo C
CHOISIR (AUS) - MY AMELIA (AUS)
JOSH PARR
PAUL PERRY
$151.00
56.0kg

Sales Information

Chris Scholtz

Managing Director Tronta Media P/L; Contributing Editor Racing & Sports
Chris is an award winning racing media professional working in the print, radio and online mediums since 1971 and managing director of his own racing industry media company since 1988. He has covered all of Australia’s major racing carnivals, numerous international events and is widely recognised as a leading form assessor and race analyst. Chris brings his passion for racing to racingandsports.com.au as its contributing editor since its launch in 2000.