Unlike the football, there was a positive Supplements news story out of Bendigo on Sunday.
Supplements (4m Host – Vitamins by Tierce) looked a stayer of some promise when scoring by more than four lengths eased down in the Schweppes Cool Ridge Plate (1600m). The lightly-raced chestnut is a homebred for Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock’s Darren Dance.
“She went ‘whoosh’ when Brad (Rawiller) let her go approaching the turn,” Dance reported. “She’s come through the run well and we will now step her up in distance.”
Supplements is bred to get over ground and is one to follow being from a half-sister to G1 VRC Oaks winner Tributes (Quest for Fame).
The Bendigo result completed an international treble over the weekend for Swettenham Stud sire Host.
His South African based mare Ruby Sunset claimed the first-leg in a Fillies & Mares Hcp (1600m) at Fairview on Friday. She had earned black-type when placed in last year’s LR East Cape Oaks (2000m).
Ruby Sunset was sold as a foal for $32,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions National Sale. She is from unraced mare Gleaming Ruby (Rubiton) whose older half-brother Soho Square (Jugah) won a G1 Doncaster Hcp. They were both bred by the late John Ingleton at Glen Appin Stud in Avenel.
Mornington based owner-breeder Graeme Gathercole landed the second-leg with Host Esprit at Devonport on Saturday. The gelding came from last at the half-mile to win in the Nag’s Head Tavern Plate (1350m) by a half-length.
Gathercole has been breeding winners by Swettenham Stud sires for many years and the latest is the first foal out of Sandown Hillside winner High Esprit (Bel Esprit).
Host (Chi) totalled 103 mares in three books before his Group 1 galloper Philippi emerged as a spring three year-old. He has averaged over 100 mares in the last two years indicating the best of his stock is still to come.
Swettenham Stud will stand Host for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee in 2014.