It all started on 14 April 1990. Super Impose was a well-respected racehorse by now, but it is on this day he started his historic back-to-back Doncaster / back-to-back Epsom victories. Think about that… he won the Doncaster, a race that is happening this weekend, twice in a row… but in the spring he also won the 1600m Epsom, twice in a row! To win one of the grand mile races usually thrusts a horse towards greatness. But to win both twice with still the biggest metric weights ever carried, well this gives a horse into champion status. Super Impose achieved this and will be remembered forever for it. And it came from nowhere really. So anyone out these who owns a gelding with the Bowman stable and it has had a run or two and is going ok, then please remember old Super.
April 1990 – Super Impose wins the Doncaster with 57kg as a 20-1 shot. The horse he beats is the legendary Shaftesbury Avenue who went on to win many Group 1 races. On this occasion Super had to carry 8kg more than Shaftesbury Avenue but still managed to hold him out.
October 1990 – Super Impose wins the Epsom Handicap with 58.5kg from barrier 14. The now acknowledged champion Shaftesbury Avenue runs 10th and Super still has to give him 2.5kg.
April 1991 – Super Impose wins his second consecutive Doncaster with a record 59.5kg. Shaftesbury Avenue by now has won three Group 1 races and is the best horse in Australia. Super again gives him weight and beats him.
October 1991 – Super Impose becomes the first and still only horse to win both Randwick feature mile races in back to back years. He wins the Epsom with 61kg in the most remarkable circumstances.
April 1992 – Going for three Doncasters in a row, Super Impose with 62.kg runs 6th of 20 beaten just a length. The weight has finally caught up with him.
October 1992 – While going for three consecutive Epsoms, Super Impose, while carrying 61.5kg finishes 4th. 21 days later in his second last start he wins the Cox Plate.
So never give up! And remember where a horse has its first start doesn’t exclude it from being a champion!
And in the spirit of the old war-horse… lets cheer for Hartnell in Saturday’s Group 1 Doncaster.