Horse Racing

Brawn takes feature, Anthony Thomas the riding honours

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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Brawn, benefiting from a good ride from jockey Aaron Chatrie, went by horses at the top of the lane and sprinted away to win the 25th running of the $1.15-million Nigel B Nunes Memorial Cup feature in fine style at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Brawn wasn't the best to leave the starting gates as the American-bred bay gelding raced behind Awesome Destiny (Dane Dawkins), Another Bullet (Ameth Robles) and Prolific Princess (Wesley Henry) going around the clubhouse turn.

The Gary Subratie-trained Brawn then began to round horses down the backstretch to challenge Prolific Princess and Another Bullet for the lead approaching the final bend.

When Chatrie said go just about to entering the lane, Brawn quickened and powered home to score by two lengths in the Open Allowance event over nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m) in a good time of 1:55.1. Royal Vibes (Omar Walker) came from last position to finish second ahead of Awesome Destiny and Prolific Princess.

Apprentice Anthony Thomas continued his good form in the saddle when he rode a superb four-timer on the 11-race programme.

Thomas was successful aboard Stir It Up (third race), Uncle Freddie (eighth race); Fortuneonehundred (ninth race) and Powerful Red (11th) race.

“Wow….what can I say right now. I am very happy and pleased for the victories today (yesterday). I must thank the connections of the horses who gave me the rides,” Thomas said.

The 17th running of the $950,000 Terremoto Trophy, a Restricted Allowance event for native-bred two-year-olds non-winners of two, was taken by Nadeshico, trained by Anthony Nunes and ridden by Wesley Henry.

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