Clive Cox is expecting big things from Supremacy next season after the two-year-old held off Lucky Vega to win the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
Supremacy made all the running under Adam Kirby and resisted a sustained challenge in the final furlong to triumph by half a length.
The victory is a third in a row for Cox’s promising youngster, and the Lambourn-based trainer was delighted with the performance.
Speaking about Supremacy on the latest episode of Paddy Power’s twice-weekly From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, Cox said: “He’s fantastic – I think the strength in depth of the race was clear.
“He just has a great cruising speed and I think watching him get into a really healthy rhythm, you just hope… that last bit of the hill there does take some getting.
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“Lucky Vega, you could see him stalking us so obviously it was nerve-wracking and you knew the third horse, Minzaal, who looked very promising when he won the Gimcrack, was also stalking.
“It was just fabulous to watch Supremacy quicken away as he did.”
When asked if Supremacy would run again this season, Cox said: “No I think that’s it – we don’t really have a logical target.
“That was the finale and he couldn’t have equipped himself better. Adam said when he rode him in the Richmond Stakes [at Goodwood in July], which he also won very impressively, ‘he’s not just about this year’.
“I think physically just looking at the horse from Goodwood to Newmarket, he’s thrived, he’s got stronger and I hope with a winter break and the right sort of normal progress, we’ve got more to come as you’d expect from two [years old] to three and it’s very exciting for next year.”
Supremacy (Mehmas) looks exciting and runs riot in the Qatar Richmond Stakes as Clive Cox plunders another big two-year-old prize this season.
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Supremacy has now won on three of his four outings, all over a distance of six furlongs.
Asked whether his star sprinter would step up in trip next term or stay put, Cox said: “I don’t think there’s any doubt there – he’s all speed, if we try and spread him over further it might be dangerous.
“I think he’s doing a very good job at this trip. I would be all over the Commonwealth Cup as my plan really for Royal Ascot next year.”
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