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Brawn upsets at 6-1

Published:Sunday | September 18, 2016 | 9:00 AMOrville Clarke
SUPERLUMINAL (Paul Francis) scoring a convincing victory in yesterday's Kenneth Mattis Memorial Trophy feature over 2000 metres. The winner covered the distance in 2:07.0.

BRAWN, running at odds of 6-1, with customary jockey Aaron Chatrie riding for trainer Gary Subratie, ran on strongly, leaving the furlong pole to win the 3-y-o and up open allowance feature for the Saint Cecelia Cup over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Among his victims was his more fancied stable-companion NUCLEAR AFFAIR (2-1), who ran way below expectations despite coming off a recent win over the distance in the Seek Exercise Book Trophy, a race in which BRAWN was third.

The classy 3-y-o filly, who won the 1000 Guineas in April, was unable to go the early pace and was never a factor in finishing out of the frame.

Subratie said that while he expected a big run from BRAWN with more pace present, "Nuclear Affair failed to click."

"It is difficult to pinpoint any problems with her until she is examined," the second-generation trainer said shortly after the race.

However, based on the last run behind NUCLEAR AFFAIR in which BRAWN carried topweight of 57.0kg and ran a good race, Subratie was quick to add that the victory was not surprising now coming down to 54.0kg in the scales.

stormed through

Held up in sixth as FORCE DE JOUR (23-1) led from the 6-5 favourite CAMPESINO and DREAMCOMRETRUE (16-1) in a 10-horse field, BRAWN stormed through on the rails in mid-stretch to beat DREAMCOMETRUE by 1-1/4 lengths with topweight PHINEAS (2-1) third.

An American-bred 4-y-o colt, owned by Michros, BRAWN covered the distance in a very fast 1:17.1, behind splits of 23.1, 46.0, and 1:10.2 for the first six furlongs, only three-fifths of a second outside the track record held by EROS since September 1993.

Chatrie and Subratie teamed up for a second winner on the card in 8-5 chance ZACKONTHEATTACK in the third race over 1400 metres.

Meanwhile, the 2015 St Leger winner, SUPERLUMINAL, ridden by Paul 'Country' Francis for in-form trainer Ian Parsard at odds of 8-5, took over the lead from RAGING PROSPECT (23-1), approaching the half-mile and outstaying him by 2-3/4lengths to win the day's co-feature over 2000 metres for the Kenneth Mattis O.D. Memorial Trophy contested by seven overnight allowance horses.

It was SUPERLUMINAL"s second consecutive win this month.