Super Chianti Hits Classico Trail

January 6, 2021

Super Chianti is out of a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Dangerous Midge (Michael Adolphson)

Carrying the famous colours of Charles Fipke and out of a half-sister to a Breeders’ Cup winner, it was no surprise that Super Chianti was well-regarded coming into her debut on Nov. 19 for Doug Watson. The daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver proceeded to win the six-furlong Meydan unveiling with an eye-catching wide move on the turn, sweeping past her rivals and stamping herself as one of the top fillies heading into the classics season.

“She’s doing super, just like her name,” Watson said. “She came out of her race in real good shape and we’ve been pointing for this since. She worked this week and worked very well. Actually, both she and Mnasek worked well. I’m glad that Pat (Dobbs, stable jockey) doesn’t have to make a choice, as Mnasek will go directly to the Guineas.”

Out of the Roman Ruler mare Tuscan Chianti, a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Dangerous Midge, Super Chianti brings high expectations into Thursday’s 1000 Guineas Trial over seven furlongs, but has every right intensify her claim as the cream of the local crop. That being said–win or lose–the 83-rated homebred must eventually face stablemate Mnasek (rated an eye-catching 96) in the Guineas or G3 UAE Oaks thereafter. 

  • Watch Super Chianti’s debut HERE

“Thursday will give us a guide on her” Watson continued. “I think she’s pretty talented, but he has to go out there and do it again. She’s training really well and drew okay (post 8 of 11).

“As far as Mnasek, I worked her out of the gate because she was so bad at the start last time and I think she is much better fresh and will be better off waiting until the Guineas.”

Her chief rivals come in the form of a Godolphin quintet topped in rating by Saeed bin Suroor-trained Soft Whisper (90),a two-time winner by dirt-friendly sire Dubawi, and Charlie Appleby-conditioned Looktotherainbow (82), a lights-out winner at Kempton in October by the same sire, while also a half to four-time G1 winner Ribchester.

  • Check out the full UAE 1000 Guineas Trial field HERE.

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