Super Brother can make amends

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 March, 2012, 12:00am


Super Brother appears to be on the verge of opening his account after a luckless fourth in the Class Four Lok Fu Handicap (1,200m) on Wednesday night at Happy Valley .

The four-year-old arrived in Andreas Schutz's (pictured) door last season on a mark of 66 following his win in only start in Australia at Wyong Race Club in New South Wales.

He has taken time to acclimatise, but looks from his past five runs following a drop into Class Four in December to be on the right track.

His run two starts back when a close ninth behind Ride On The Fire over the Valley minimum trip, despite a moderate break and being baulked for a run at the head of the straight, didn't go under the radar this time as he firmed from an opening quote of $58 to $40 favourite under Matthew Chadwick.

It wasn't straightforward at the start for Super Brother, who bumped with Par Excellence after breaking from gate two and then shortly thereafter had to steady away from the heels of Team Work.

He eventually settled worse than midfield, stayed just off the paint upon straightening, failed to gain a passage between the leaders Master Key and Urban Dancer and, with Par Excellence to his outside at the 200m, then forcibly pushed his way out at the 100m before get going to finish level for fourth with Winsome - three-quarters off the upset winner Urban Dancer.

Following the race, the vets reported Super Brother had sustained a mild cut to his left front foot as well.

It was a positive performance in defeat however for the grey son of Redoute's Choice stallion Bradbury's Luck and unraced King Of Kings' mare Miami Dolphins.

Bradbury's Luck was a double-Listed short-course winner and a Group Three third in the MRC Blue Diamond Prelude Stakes and has fathered Perfect Cheers, a Valley mile winner, from three other local performers. Miami Dolphins has produced two other short-course winners from as many starters and is a daughter of Listed sprint winner Palm Beach Babe. Her maternal line also includes retired Crown Regent, who was a two-time winner over the Valley mile.

Super Brother is unlikely to pick up a point off a rating low of 44 for this performance and will be making his presence felt when he next steps out.