Mike Azzie believes his narrow Grade 2 WSB Guineas runner up Supreme Warrior (Vercingetorix) will go further in time but he is going to avoid the Grade 1 Daily News 2000 and might instead go for the Grade 1 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge.

He said it would all depend on him landing a good draw though.

Azzie said he had been telling everybody this was a top horse for a long time but nobody had believed him.

Those who did not believe him were likely going on the bare form and had not seen or known what Azzie had. 

Supreme Warrior won on debut over 1200m and was impressive in his second start when winning by 4,20 lengths over 1450m off an 82 merit rating.

He then ran in the Grade 2 WSB Gauteng Guineas and finished tailed off last.

However, Azzie pointed out that after overcoming a wide draw to take the lead he had in his opinion been chased up the hill into the straight, a no no at Turffontein Standside. He had not surprisingly stopped to nothing.

Then in the Egoli Mile he had moved up like a winner under Diego De Gouveia.

However, he then suddenly appeared to stop trying.

Azzie had immediately wondered whether he had needed gelding and also questioned De Gouveia about pulling him up so quickly after the finish line.

The response was that he had felt like the winner when there was suddenly nothing underneath him..

He did finish third in that race but the form turnaround with second-placed Whafeef, wjhom he had thrashed earlier, suggested something had not been right. 

He was later found to have bad bruising on the sole of one foot and Azzie surmised he must have stepped on a stone.

His next two starts proved those excuses were valid.

He won well over 1200m at The Vaal when producing a flying finish.

He then ran a short-head second in the WSB Guineas on Saturday, where he was caught on the line by Zapatilla’s who was in the right stride and put his nose down.

But even then there was a valid excuse for Supreme Warrior.

He dislodged S’Manga Khumalo on the way to the start and an emergency replacement rider had to be found.

Azzie was full of praise for the ride Calvin Habib gave Supreme Warrior considering he had never sat on him before and had not been able to do any preparation because of the last minute call up.

Habib sent him to the front from draw 12 out of 13 and only just failed to hold on.

However, Azzie couldn’t help feeling that with Khumalo, who had won on him twice before, aboard it might have made the necessary couple of inches of difference.      

The Drakenstein Stud-owned colt is certainly a good looking individual and has a lot of class about him, so going the Gold Challenge route would be realistic especially considering there are not many specialist milers at Grade 1 level in the country at the moment.

Azzie said the Drakenstein homebred filly Sweet Future (Futura) would be targeting the Grade 1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes.

He said Richard Fourie had got off her last time, after finishing third in the Grade 2 Camellia Stakes over 1160m, and advised the Garden Province should be the target for the big, rangy four-year-old.

He even said he would ride her, having probably momentarily forgotten he would likely be aboard the superstar Captain’s Ransom.

Azzie is going to run her in the Tibouchina over 1400m on the way to the weight for age Grade 1 mile event on Hollywoodbets Durban July day.

Azzie said he had made a mistake running Grade 1 Pongracz Cape Flying Championship winner Bohica in the Computaform Sprint as he had had a bout of colic a couple of weeks before.

Bohica is going to avoid the Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint and the Grade 1 wfa Mercury Sprint would be his ultimate target.   

Picture: Supreme Warrior being led in by Gaynor Rupert after his recent win at the Vaal (JC Photos).  

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