Brawn upsets at 6-1
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.
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.