She’s A Maneater de­vours them again

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

AS EX­PECTED, the un­beaten filly, SHE’S A MANEATER, scored an­other facile win at Cay­manas Park yes­ter­day, strolling home by six lengths on a muddy sur­face to win the 10th run­ning of the Pick 3 Super Chal­lenge Tro­phy over 1400 me­tres, race num­ber two in the Supreme Ven­tures Triple Crown se­ries for na­tive bred twoyear-olds.

In­stalled a howl­ing 1-5 favourite, with lead­ing jockey Omar Walker rid­ing for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and owner-breeder Win­ston Kong, SHE’S A MANEATER bided her time just off the early pace in fourth as her lesser fan­cied sta­ble-com­pan­ion MR UNI­VERSE (9-2) led nar­rowly from the grey VERY CLAS­SIC (73-1) in a field of eight.

But when Walker asked her to go in chase of MR UNI­VERSE from the 600me­tre marker, she ef­fort­lessly straight­ened on his heels, quickly dis­pos­ing of him to win by six lengths from the grey SOTOMAYOR (13-1), stay­ing on to pip the rank out­sider LADY FAYE (93-1) on the rails for se­cond.

“This win was an­tic­i­pated by ev­ery­one,” said Kong. “She has now won her three races to date by a com­bined mar­gin of 25 lengths and, to say she is an ex­cep­tional two-year-old in the mould of Princess Pop­star, who won all three races in the se­ries in 2013, would be an un­der­state­ment.

“She will seek to em­u­late Pop­star by sweep­ing all three races in the se­ries when she steps up to a mile on Box­ing Day in the $4.25 mil­lion Supreme Ven­tures (SVL) Ja­maica Two-Year-Old Stakes. How­ever, if this is achieved, she, like Princess Pop­star won’t be el­i­gi­ble to col­lect the mil­lion dol­lar bonus of­fered by SVL as nei­ther went through the ring in the TOBA year­ling sale”, Kong dis­closed.

SHE’S A MANEATER is a bay filly by Nat­u­ral Se­lec­tion out of the 2009 ‘Horse of the Year’ Ah­who­fah and a half sis­ter to last year’s 2000 Guineas win­ner ALI BABA.

The day’s big up­set came via the 54-1 out­sider POLLY B, who made all un­der for­mer champion Wes­ley Henry to win the open al­lowance sprint for the Pick 3 Supreme Tro­phy, in a driv­ing fin­ish from BLUE DIXIE (8-1) and 4-5 favourite CRU­CIAL AP­PEAL, clock­ing a fast 1:11.2 for 1200 me­tres.

DaCosta sad­dled three win­ners on the card.

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