Breeding: SIRE: Waverly Supreme DAM: Mixed Blessings
Whelped : 01/07/1981
Trainer : Kevin Richards
Owners : Robyn Richards. Studmaster: Kevin Richards – Blue Gums Stud, Neerim South, Victoria
Career Race Record : 30 starts: 19 wins, 7 placings
Career Prizemoney : Over $30,000
- Winner Victorian Sires’ Premiership 1987-1992
Kevin and Robyn Richards’ Blue Gums Stud was the “Home of Champions”. The husband-and-wife team bred, reared and raced a host of future stars from their picturesque 35-acre greyhound complex nestled among the rolling hills of Neerim South. But one greyhound, in particular, still tugs at their heart strings – Chariot Supreme. The Richards’ first laid eyes on Chariot Supreme as a pup, rearing a July 1981 litter for the Rounds family of Pearcedale. But little did they realise Chariot Supreme would eventually make his way back to Blue Gums Stud.
“He injured his hock shortly after winning the Silver Chief and I thought it would be a good opportunity to buy him,” said Kevin Richards. “Alan Lester, a Traralgon businessman, had commissioned me to buy a dog, so I approached Ray Rounds. “He cost $25,000, and I later bought him for $20,000 as a stud dog as he had a good cross with the Temlee line.” Richards had Chariot Supreme’s damaged hock assessed by famed greyhound veterinarian Dr Jim Gannon, who gave him a racing ‘green light’.
“We took a punt on him, and he went on to win a Sale Cup and Warragul Cup, and make an Australian Cup final. In all, he won 19 races from 30 starts,” Richards said. Richards rates National Star and Tangairn as the best sprinters of Chariot Supreme’s era. “He wasn’t a good beginner, but he had unbelievable mid-race acceleration. He was a speed dog,” Richards said. “His greatest win was the Silver Chief, but for me it was the Warragul Cup as I was a director of the club for more than 20 years.”