She’s A Maneater slams them

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

THE UN­BEATEN SHE’S A MANEATER turned in an­other su­perla­tive per­for­mance at Cay­manas Park yes­ter­day to win the 12th run­ning of the $2.95 mil­lion Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Tro­phy over 1200 me­tres race num­ber one in the Supreme Ven­tures Triple Crown Se­ries for two-year-olds.

In­stalled a howl­ing 1-4 favourite, with lead­ing jockey Omar Walker rid­ing for 15-time cham­pion trainer Wayne DaCosta and owner-breeder Win­ston Kong, SHE’S A MANEATER chased the early leader MONEY MAG­NET (6-1) at close range, pass­ing the half mile be­fore surg­ing through on the out­side ap­proach­ing the home turn.

TAL­ENTED FILLY

There­after, it was smooth sail­ing as the tal­ented filly by Nat­u­ral Se­lec­tion out of the 2009 Horse of the Year Ah­who­fah, on whom Walker won the Gold Cup that year, moved away from MONEY MAR­KET to beat her by six lengths. The lat­ter just held on for sec­ond from the win­ner’s sta­ble-com­pan­ion, AR­MAGED­DON (6-1), clos­ing from last po­si­tion un­der Ameth Robles af­ter miss­ing the break.

SHE’S A MANEATER, who is un­beaten in two starts hav­ing romped the Front Run­ner Tro­phy race over 1100 me­tres in fast time on her re­cent de­but, cov­ered the dis­tance in the smart time of 1:11.3 be­hind splits of 22.3 and 45.4 for the half mile. This was four-fifths of a sec­ond out­side the stakes record set by the out­stand­ing filly PRINCESS POP­STAR in this very race in 2013 when she was voted the first two-year-old to be crowned Horse of the Year.

FEELS CON­FI­DENT

PRINCESS POP­STAR, who was trained by Philip Feaany, went on to win all three races in the se­ries and al­ready com­par­isons have been made to her by fans of SHE’S A MANEATER.

Walker was so im­pressed by the vic­tory that he re­ferred to the filly as “a ma­chine”, and won­dered aloud as to who gave her that name in con­ver­sa­tion with the owner, who feels con­fi­dent that she could sweep the se­ries like Pop­star.

Walker and DaCosta teamed up for a sec­ond win­ner on the card with 9-5 favourite DYSFUCTIONAL in the third race over 1820 me­tres. Elsewhere, top ap­pren­tice Be­beto Har­vey rode his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive three-timer to move past out­go­ing cham­pion Shane El­lis to third in the stand­ings with 41 win­ners, while fe­male ap­pren­tice An­dree Pow­ell cel­e­brated her 27th birth­day with an easy win aboard 8-1 chance MA­JOR FORCE in the sixth race, and vet­eran jockey Vas­sell ‘Jol­ly­man’ Na­jair booted home 7-2 chance FIX IT UP in race two at age 63. SHE’S A MANEATER (Omar Walker) is eased at the line af­ter scor­ing an im­pres­sive six-length win in yes­ter­day’s 12th run­ning of the $2.95 mil­lion Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Tro­phy over 1200 me­tres race num­ber one in the Supreme Ven­tures Triple Crown Se­ries for two-year-olds.

GLADSTONE TAY­LOR

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