Darren Beadman described Super Impose as “one of the hardest horses to ride”. Because he liked to race towards the back of the field, he was often blocked for a run. But, as Beadman said “once you put him into an opening, he was like a steamroller”.
There was little sign of his subsequent brilliance in the early career of Super Impose. Unraced as a two-year-old, he won two modest provincial races at three. At four he showed signs of his potential when he won the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown in November, 1988, soon followed by the Summer Cup in Sydney.
In 1989 Super Impose’s performances went up a notch as he won the Carlyon Cup and the Turnbull Stakes, and ran second in both the Australian Cup and Melbourne Cup.
1990 began his epic and history making success at Randwick where he won both the Doncaster and Epsom Handicaps. In 1991 he repeated the double, his second Epsom win coming from a seemingly impossible position at the top of the straight. Super Impose was a crowd favourite around the nation, but reserved his best for Randwick where he was almost unbeatable over the metric mile.One last remarkable feat was achieved in 1992 when, as an eight-year-old, he won the W.S.Cox Plate in a drama charged event, defeating champion mare, Let’s Elope by a head (Let’s Elope was later relegated to fifth on protest).On his retirement Super Impose had won the then record prize money of $5.6 million.Super Impose was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2007. Words Courtesy of Australian Racing Museum & Hall Of Fame. Image Courtesy of Colin Bull.