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Supergiant on trial for interstate trip

By Glenn Davis

Gold Coast trainer Michael Costa is hopeful Brisbane winter feature winner Supergiant can stake a claim for an interstate trip when the four-year-old tackles the Listed Brisbane Handicap at Doomben on Saturday.

Supergiant will be ridden by comeback jockey Matt McGillivray and is expected to improve on his first-up run when he beat one runner home behind The Candy Man over 1400 metres at Eagle Farm last month.

Costa is undecided whether to send the son of Red Giant to Sydney or Melbourne with all options open.

Supergiant emerged from obscurity in the winter after winning a mediocre Class One at Ipswich in April to run second to the Toby and Trent Edmonds-trained Vanna Girl in the Listed Daybreak Lover at Doomben in May.

He then led all the way to win the Group 3 Gunsynd (1800m) at Eagle Farm in June before finishing second in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2200m) at Eagle Farm in June.

“I was very confident he’d win the Gunsynd and if he got a different run, he would have won the Rough Habit as well,” Costa said.



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Supergiant raced with ear muffs when he made his comeback this campaign but Costa will remove them for the 1600-metre Brisbane Handicap.

“His first-up run behind The Candy Man was very similar to what he did first run last campaign,” Costa said.

“The way the race panned out he missed the start and was caught a little wide and he had a good blow after the race.

“I’m expecting him to race a lot better and he’ll be very competitive.

“I put ear muffs on last time to help him relax but they’re coming off for this race.”

Costa is leaning to a Melbourne campaign for Supergiant, who he bought after watching him in a video trial in New Zealand.

Supergiant was raised at New Zealand's famous home of stayers Mapperley Stud, and is related to the 2007 Victoria Derby winner Kibbutz.

“All options are on the table but if he goes well enough, he could go to Melbourne for the JRA Plate and Cranbourne Cup and there’s suitable races for him every week in Sydney,” Costa said.

“As it’s his first trip away I’m leaning to Melbourne.

“I think the best is yet to come from him.”

Supergiant (NZ)