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Tough entry for She's A Maneater

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER

Friday, April 20, 2018

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This year's renewal of the Legal Light Trophy run over nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820 metres) comes with added significance as it is the first race in 2018 that Horse-of-the Year She's A Maneater faces the starter and it is also the first for her runner-up, Bigdaddykool .

With the other horses in the race all seasoned campaigners, 'turfites' should have their fill come tomorrow at Caymanas Park.

The Supreme Racing Guide looks at the six runners in the race in post-position order.

1 SHE'S A MANEATER (4-b-f – Natural SelectionAhwhofah) – Last graced the track on December 2, 2017, when she conquered all and sundry in the Diamond Mile. Now she sits at level weights with Bigdaddykool whom she defeated by close to seven lengths in the Diamond Mile. In her 140 days out of racing, She's A Maneater got her deserved rest time, then became quite active on the exercise track with her last gallop coming on Saturday last when she covered six furlongs in 1:12.4, beating Perfect Neighbour. It is going to be very interesting to see this filly run as a four-year-old.

2WILL IN CHARGE (5-ch-h- Adore The Gold Gem Lea) – A model of strength and consistency, Will In Charge races for the first time since losing out of sight behind Bigdaddykool on Boxing Day 2017. Will In Charge is known to prefer running from in front and that trend may well continue tomorrow. Has a good chance going two turns and, with a slight drop in the weights, could be the spoiler.

3BIGDADDYKOOL (5-b-g – SorrentinoBeware Baby) – For the first time in his 21-race career, Bigdaddykool won from in front on Boxing Day over 12 furlongs (2,400m). Will probably not be able to lead tomorrow but it is expected that Bigdaddykool will be much closer to the early pace setters. Meets She's A Maneater on about level terms than when they last met in last year's Diamond Mile. Bigdaddykool is now reunited with possibly his favourite rider, Linton Steadman, and trainer Nunes has put on the blinkers and taken off the cheek pieces in what seems to be an effort to have Bigdaddykool nearer to the early action. Another capital effort is expected.

4HOUDINI'S MAGIC (6-dkb-h – Performing MagicMilestone) – Raced over six and a half furlongs on February 17, 2018 and was only three lengths behind Money Magnet and Chace The Great. Houdini's Magic ran third in the Diamond Mile, seven lengths adrift of the winner, She's A Maneater carrying 126 lb (57.0 kgs) and now will carry 106 lbs (48.0 kgs). There is the possibility that his rider Anthony Thomas might go a bit overweight, but nevertheless, Houdini's Magic is much sbetter off than She's A Maneater, using the Diamond Mile as the reference point. This horse has a good chance of winning.

5 PERFECT NEIGHBOUR (8-dkb-g — Natural Selection Desperatehousewife) – Winner of the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy over the same distance of this race on March 24 in the class just below Grade 1. Perfect Neighbour, even at his old age, still remains an elite performer. Given the quality present in the Legal Light, it will be very difficult for him to win.

6 MARVELLOUS MARVA (5-gr-m Adore The Gold Runaway Julie) – After three consecutive victories in the grades below, Marvellous Marva might well need time to catch the pace of the best in the land.

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