Really Super provides owners and trainer Amy Murphy with plenty to cheer at Market Rasen
For the majority, owning a race horse is not about financial gain. Put simply, they do it for the love of the sport.
Which is why for syndicates like White Diamond Racing, victory for the Amy Murphy-trained Really Super in last Friday’s Grade 3 Betway Summer Plate Handicap Chase was such a momentous occasion.
The six-year-old – making just her fifth start over fences at Market Rasen – is the group’s only horse at present, and the triumph was by far her biggest.
Mildenhall-based Josh Wright, who is one of 15 with a share in the daughter of Cacique, said: “It was a big step up in class having previously won at Class 3 level.
“We are still taking it in – Grade 3 winning owners! It is unbelievable, and she’s now won 50k in prize money for us.
“There’s no plan as yet but one will be made. Given how impressive she was I suspect we’ll aim for a another decent race in the coming weeks.
“For now, we are still pinching ourselves. It doesn’t get much better for a small syndicate like ours.
“We’ve never experienced a thrill like it, and that’s what it’s all about. We will forever remember the day.”
Trained by Murphy at her Southgate Stables on Newmarket’s Hamilton Road, Really Super made a mockery of 25/1 odds with a classy display under jockey Jack Quinlan.
She hit the front three fences from home and never looked like relinquishing an advantage that ended up being five-and-a-half lengths to Fidux in second.
It’s another impressive win for the Murphy/Quinlan combination, who memorably teamed up to land the Grade 1 Devenish Manifesto Novices’ Chase with Kalashnikov at Aintree last year. And Wright believes the pair are deserving of more recognition.
“I suspect if Really Super had been trained by a more established trainer she’d have been half that price,” he added.
“The 25/1 was insulting but she is inexperienced over fences and did have to improve, which she did.
“A horse with her limited chase experience shouldn’t jump that well, but when you have Amy and Jack in your corner, anything is possible. I just hope some bigger owners send her more horses.”
* There was further delight for Murphy and Quinlan on Sunday when Mercian Prince justified his favouritism by winning the Join The New tote.co.uk Novices’ Hurdle at Bangor-on-Dee.
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