Su­per­lu­mi­nal pow­ers home

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Ains­ley Walters Sun­day Gleaner Writer

SU­PER­LU­MI­NAL YES­TER­DAY fought off TIMEFORARMS from three fur­longs out to win the 10fur­long Ken­neth Mat­tis Me­mo­rial in a thrilling fin­ish, hold­ing on grimly to score by three quar­ters of a length at odds of 5-2.

Car­ry­ing top­weight 56.0 ki­los in the 10-horse field, SU­PER­LU­MI­NAL, the 2015 St Leger win­ner, dis­puted the lead with no-hop­ers MONTEGONIAN and DANOS LA PAZ down the back­stretch be­fore tak­ing over four-and-a-half fur­longs out.

Sent on by jockey Paul Fran­cis at the half-mile marker, SU­PER­LU­MI­NAL shot to the lead but was soon chal­lenged by 7-2 chance TIMEFORARMS with red-hot claim­ing ap­pren­tice An­thony Thomas hunt­ing a fourth win­ner on the 12-race card.

How­ever, five-year-old SU­PER­LU­MI­NAL, who had fin­ished last in his pre­vi­ous race, found ex­tra and ac­cel­er­ated off the home turn when eightyear-old TIMEFORARMS tried to pull level en­ter­ing the straight.

HOVER CRAFT, a joint 5-2 favourite with cham­pion jockey Omar Walker aboard, loomed large into third off the turn and came with his chal­lenge in mid­track.

How­ever, SU­PER­LU­MI­NAL, down in class among overnight al­lowance run­ners, stayed on strongly against the rail to re­pel a de­ter­mined TIMEFORARMS, rid­den to the max by Thomas,

but just was not good enough, even with an eight-pound ad­van­tage.

SU­PER­LU­MI­NAL flashed past the win­ning post in a time

of 2:08.2 with TIMEFORARMS on her tail, a hard-fought three quar­ters of a length. HOVER CRAFT stayed on for third, a lengt­hand-a-half

be­hind TIMEFORARMS.

Though he lost a tough race astride TIMEFORARMS, Thomas was again the man, eas­ily clos­ing the pro­gramme with 8-5 favourite ROYAL GIRL, com­plet­ing a four-timer, his 14th win­ner in four race­meets.

The two-kilo claim­ing ap­pren­tice got things rolling with EARTH AN­GEL at 2-1 in the fifth race be­fore scor­ing back-to-back win­ners, BROOK­LYN at 5-1 in the eighth and CHIEF PROSPECT at 4-1 in the ninth.

Thomas’ lat­est hero­ics in his pur­ple patch have pro­pelled him to fourth in the jock­eys’ stand­ings on 29 win­ners, one ahead of Aaron Cha­trie and 12 be­hind third-place Wes­ley Henry.

Omar Walker re­mains com­fort­able atop the stand­ings with 65 win­ners, ahead of SHANE EL­LIS on 43, well on his way to a sixth jock­eys’ ti­tle after part­ner­ing cham­pion trainer LOOSE CAN­NON to vic­tory in the sixth race.

Rac­ing con­tin­ues at Cay­manas Park on Satur­day.

IAN ALLEN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

SU­PER­LU­MI­NAL (right), with Paul Fran­cis aboard, hold­ing off TIMEFORARMS (An­thony Thomas) and HOVER CRAFT (left, Omar Wal­ter) to win the Ken­neth Mat­tis Me­mo­rial Tro­phy race at Cay­manas Park yes­ter­day.

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