Horse Racing

Five things you may have missed on Burger King Super Day

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER

Friday, November 16, 2018

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SHAMAREE MUIR MAKES LUKE WARM RETURN

Jockey Shamaree Muir was once the darling of the pigskin. As an apprentice he found winner after winner and a bright and prosperous career was in the offing for the young rider.

Then came a broken leg which set back his progress and then he decided to ply his trade in Canada for the last three years, where he has done reasonably well, without running away the pigeons.

Muir returned to his home track two Saturdays ago without any fanfare and is yet to find the winners' enclosure.

 

SISTER AND BROTHER UNITED IN VICTORY


It is very unusual to have two good horses with the exact breeding doing well, especially
at the same time, much less the same day. That position was challenged on Saturday on the
Burger King Super Day of racing when big sister She's A Maneater won the Superstakes for the second time and little brother, Without Exception, gave his best performance yet,
when he won the Coca Cola Invitational Mile. 

She's A Maneater and Without Exception are offspring of Natural Selection – Ahwhofah both bred by Winston Kong. The victory by She's A Maneater was expected, although she had to endure a stiff and consistent challenge
from Will In Charge but still managed by a short-head to win the Superstakes. 

Without Exception did not show his face in the Classics; instead, he worked his way relentlessly through the classes, eventually reaching Open Allowance before his game-changing run on Saturday. Both She's A Maneater and Without Exception have the Diamond
Mile as their next assignment. Super Day 2018 must have been a truly joyous one for
Kong who has a long history in horse racing.

 

NATURAL SELECTION – THE SIRE OF STAYERS

He has been around for quite a while, yet the YS (1955) Limited's veteran stallion seems
like good wine — getting better and better with age. The progeny of Natural Selection did extremely well on the Superstakes race day, winning two of the big races with additional placing positions. 

First, Without Exception (Natural Selection - Ahwhofah) won the Invitational Mile beating the American bred filly Hilly's Halo. He won the event in a Stakes record time. The Invitational Mile was followed by She's A Maneater, a full sister to Without Exception, striking again in the Burger King Superstakes. 

There were six runners in the 10-furlong Superstakes, of which three were Natural Selection progeny. Apart from
She's A Maneater, Perfect Neighbour (Natural Selection – Desperatehousewife) finished
fourth, and leader in the race for a long while, Drummer Boy (Natural Selection – Preach
Preacher) finished fifth. Let's hope that Natural Selection continues to produce
winners.

NO APPRENTICES AROUND IN BIG RACES

There were three major races on Saturday's Super Day of racing, The Burger King Superstakes, the Coca Cola Invitational Mile and the Caribbean Sprint Championship.


Of those three races, only one, Raddesh Roman, was able to get a ride from the cohort
of 21 recently graduated apprentices. 

Roman rode Soy El Señor for trainer Anthony Nunes in the Mile. In these big races it is apparent that trainers prefer to place their confidence on the more established riders, leaving little or no room for the apprentices.

 

BIG FIELDS DON'T GUARANTEE COMPETITIVE RACES

This year's running of the Superstakes proved once and for all that big fields are not a necessary requirement to have good and competitive races.


Six horses started in the Superstakes, which ended in one of the most thrilling stretch
drives for a major race seen in a long while at the Park.


She's A Maneater and the irrepressible Will In Charge locked horns at the top of the straight with the former getting home by a short head. The feeling was electric in the various stands as fans rose to their feet to cheer their favourite horses. It was a truly wonderful Super Day of racing on Saturday.


Certainly, food for considerable thought plus this publication has been told that the day's
betting turnover was quite encouraging.

 

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