Champion Mares from Kunigal Stud Farm
 
   

Supervite, the dual Derby heroine
- Sharan Kumar

Supervite undoubtedly is one of the top mares currently at the stud farm. The got-abroad horse, bred at the Nanoli Stud Farm, raced in Dr and Mrs. Vijay Mallya’s colours.

Though she was never a flashy performer, she always chose to reserve the best performance to the day it mattered the most and
against the run of expectations.

Though she did not enjoy a high rating from the stable which

One of the top mares at the Kunigal stud Farm

had problem of plenty, Supervite won the most prestigious races of the Indian Racing Calendar, namely the Gr 1 McDowell Indian Derby and the Gr 1 Kingfisher Bangalore Derby. Fortune favours the brave and certainly Supervite also had the luck in her favour. She was in the same year as some celebrated horses of Indian racing like Saddle Up, Running Flame and Continual, the last one unfortunately breaking down with an injury when he was destined for greater glory after having won the Gr 1 Mysore Derby and Gr 1 Indian 2000 Guineas.

Supervite did not strike a good rapport with Pesi Shroff. Somehow, the Darius Byramji trainee failed to deliver the goods when the champion rider was astride her and it was lesser-known Ruzzan who was catapulted to fame thanks to Supervite. Supervite went into the Kingfisher Bangalore Derby as the least fancied of the runners, as Priceless Asset was the firm favourite.
Things appeared to be going according to the script, with Priceless Asset taking charge in the final furlong and shaping to win. However, Supervite flew on the wide outside and snatched the verdict by a whisker. The victory gave her owner Dr Vijay Mallya; a heady moment because he had struck a lean patch and perhaps his waning enthusiasm was re-charged. Things changed for the good, Continual and later Saddle Up also proving to be an outstanding horse.

Supervite was also not fancied to win the Indian Derby as Saddle Up and Running Flame had everything going their way. As luck would have it, Running Flame ran below par to finish third behind Supervite while Saddle Up was a runaway winner. Saddle Up, however, was disqualified as he tested positive for a painkiller and Supervite was awarded the race. Supervite thus retired to the stud as the dual Derby heroine who had surpassed the expectations of even the most ardent of her supporters. Her best was reserved for the Derby and her performance otherwise was nothing exciting.

Supervite is one of the many Derby heroines to stand at the Kunigal Stud Farm. Supervite has had one progeny, three-year old Fantabulous Prince, who is currently racing. A two-year old is in training. There is a great deal of expectation that she may turn out to be a champion mare as well.

Supervite is by Line In The Sand, out of Matchless Miss, by Dust Commander, out of Royal March, by Turn-to, out of Cosmah, by Cosmic Bomb.