‘Maneater’ up to the Chal­lenge

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

SHE’S A MANEATER (Omar Walker)

THE UN­BEATEN filly SHE’S A MANEATER goes for her third win from as many starts when she lines up for the $3.6 mil­lion Pick-3 Su­per Chal­lenge Tro­phy over 1400 me­tres, race num­ber two in the Supreme Ven­tures Triple Crown series for two-year-olds at Cay­manas Park to­day.

Trained by 15-time cham­pion Wayne DaCosta for owner/breeder Win­ston Kong, SHE’S A MANEATER, with lead­ing jockey Omar Walker again the sad­dle, is com­ing off con­sec­u­tive fast-time wins in re­cent months and is un­doubt­edly the best ju­ve­nile seen out so far this sea­son.

The bay filly by Nat­u­ral Se­lec­tion out of the 2009 ‘Horse of the Year’ Ah­who­fah has won her two races by the com­bined mar­gin of 19 lengths, cul­mi­nat­ing in a sixlength vic­tory over MONEY MAG­NET in the Cash Pot ‘Only One for Me’ Tro­phy over 1200 me­tres on Oc­to­ber 15, cover­ing the dis­tance in the smart time of 1:11.3 go­ing wire to wire be­hind fast splits of 22.3, 45.0 for the first half mile.

SHE’S A MANEATER has been mov­ing im­pres­sively at ex­er­cise since, gal­lop­ing 1200 me­tres in 1:12.3 a week ago and clock­ing a fast 1:05.3 for 1100 me­tres by 59.3 days ear­lier.

Given her fine speed and abun­dance of class, ‘MANEATER’ should prove too good for sta­ble com­pan­ion MR UNI­VERSE, also an im­pres­sive win­ner over 1300 me­tres at the Novem­ber 12 Su­per­stakes meet, and MONEY MAG­NET in a field of eight.

The 12-race pro­gramme, which will also see the re­main­ing 11 races be­ing spon­sored by Supreme Ven­tures, should pro­vide the down-in-class RAG­ING PROSPECT with an over­due win in the open­ing race over a mile for high claimers.

The 7-y-o geld­ing from the sta­bles of Ryan Darby stum­bled badly at the start be­hind JAMAI RAJA over 1700 me­tres in overnight com­pany last Satur­day and never fig­ured. But with less to do here, he should re­bound at the ex­pense of an­other down-in-class horse, ORIG­I­NAL TRAIN, and hat-trick seeker LE­GENDARY PLEA­SURE.

I also like GREAT FAITH in the third race, YOGA (5th), CRU­CIAL AP­PEAL (8th) and RED PAR­ROT (12th).


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