Australian Cup winner Super Cool impressed jockey Michael Rodd with his performance at trackwork this morning as he works towards a return for the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival.
Super Cool was one of the many three-year-old horses who stood out during the 2013 Autumn Racing Carnival and picked up impressive victories in the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield and the Group 1 weight-for-age Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington.
Trainer Mark Kavanagh gave Super Cool a lengthy spell after his Australian Cup victory, with an eye on the major races in the spring, but he returned to trackwork just over a fortnight ago and according to a number of early morning observers has clearly strengthened from his last preparation.
The Fastnet Rock colt worked with stablemate Sheer Talent over 1000 metres this morning and Rodd said he was delighted with the rising four-year-olds effort.
“I had my first day at the track this morning and got to ride him and he feels fantastic,” Rodd told TVN.
“He’s such a laid-back horse but he does everything so easily and he felt terrific.”
The Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) is expected to be the major Spring Racing Carnival target for Super Cool, although he has also been nominated for the Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Melbourne Cup (3200m).
Along with three-year-old Triple Crown winner It’s A Dundeel, Super Cool is an early favourite in Cox Plate betting markets.
Super Cool defeated It’s A Dundeel at over the Cox Plate distance at Moonee Valley in the Group 2 Mitchelton Wines Vase (2040m) last spring and finished ahead of him when finishing second in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) a week later.
Super Cool is expected to have his first jump-out as his preparation ramps up next week.