Southern Supremacy Stakes – Game On

Southern Supremacy Stakes – Game On

Bruce Stewart

27th April 2021

The time honoured Southern Supremacy Stakes has carded a small but competitive field.

The feature for three year old colts and geldings has been part of the Southland Harness Racing calendar since 1984 when the inaugural event was won by the Jimmy Bond trained Crafty Kooba which beat Sir Rival at Wyndham.

The supremacy has been run at Ascot Park for fourteen of the last fifteen years. The re-run of the 2014 Supremacy won by No Doctor Needed was held at Gore.

Supremacy Stakes winner No Doctor Needed

Prior to 2005 the Supremacy was run at either Winton, Wyndham, Gore or Invercargill.

The Group Two feature has been run over 2700 metres from a mobile since 2005.

Ragazzo Mach is likely to start favourite. Despite his last two start failures he’s been freshened and looked sharp at last weekend’s workouts at Wyndham. Yorokobi, Leithen Burn, Keep On Dreaming and Idealism all give Southland a strong hand in this feature.

Leading Southland Supremacy Stakes runner Ragazzo Mach

Southern Supremacy Stakes Facts and Figures:

  • This year is the 38th running of the Southern Supremacy Stakes which started in 1984.
  • First winner/race stake: Crafty Kooba – $6,000
  • Race record: Eamon Maguire (2017) and Highview Tommy (2009) 3-19.1
  • Last Southland trained winner: Duke Of Wellington (2018).
  • Most successful driver: Brent Barclay (3).
  • The only drivers to win the Oaks/Supremacy double in the same season were Henry Skinner (Lento/No Return 1993) and Dexter Dunn (Gaylee’s Delight/Texican 2012).
  • Supremacy race winners include: Malaz (1985), Lookahead (1988), Giovanetto (1992), Howard Bromac (2003), Roman Gladiator (2004) Changeover (2007), Auckland Reactor (2008), Heaven Rocks (2016).
  • Leading qualifier this season: Ragazzo Mach ($34,625.00)
  • Alabar Stud have sponsored the Supremacy since 2003 (18 years).
  • Current group status – Group Two.

Southern Harness will talk to trainers Brett Gray, Nathan Williamson, Regan Todd, Alister Black, Tony Barron and Mark Jones about their runners for Diamonds Day and their comments will be posted on this website on Wednesday.

Guaranteed $10,000 for all First 4’s stuck on Sunday – Diamonds Day – This Sunday.