Horse Racing

TOUGH TEST

Triple Crown winner She's A Maneater faces her strongest opponents in tomorrow's Fontainbleu Trophy

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER

Friday, October 06, 2017

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It is by far the toughest set of rivals Triple Crown-winning filly She's A Maneater will face in her already outstanding racing career.

After dealing with her three-year-old peers with aplomb, the Natural SelectionAhwhofah bay filly now locks hoofs with the likes of Another Bullet, Pinelope, 2016 Derby winner Orpheus, Awesome Destiny, Dwayne Star, and fellow three-year-old Market Force.

The Supreme Racing Guide looks at the Fontainbleu, a seven-and-a-half-furlong (1,500m) event at the Open Allowance level and analyses the chances of all horses entered in post-position order.

GOLDEN GLORY — Has done well to reach this far but will probably need time. Not ready for these.

ANOTHER BULLET — Only just missed out on last when finishing a close second to the much-improved C hoo Choo Blue. Another Bullet comes into this race with the visor taken off and with the knowledge that on June 3 he was defeated by She's A Maneater as she prepped for her Derby run. Still, Another Bullet is a hard-knocking sort with good ability, and with his stables in rich form he can turn the tables. In with a really good chance.

PINELOPE — Was listed as a late non-starter lame in her last race when up against Another Bullet and Choo Choo Blue. Returns after a 10-day break and will be hard-pressed to win here, especially with the young apprentice in her back.

ROYAL VIBES — Has been showing some form of late, but with his more illustrious stablemate She's A Maneater entered, is not expected to be a threat. Royal Vibes is going to find it really hard winning here, especially toting the top weight.

ORPHEUS — Came back from a long period of injury on August 7 when finishing in 11th position behind Ras Emanuel. Then Orpheus ended in sixth place on August 19 before finding the winners' enclosure on September 23. A good colt with ability, Orpheus comes into the Fontainbleu well primed and in really good nick. The Nunes camp is bubbling at the moment and Orpheus at his best is sure to carry a buzz tomorrow. He has already shown his worth at this level and don't be surprised if he reaps the glory of the Fontainbleu. Watch this horse.

AWESOME DESTINY — Running well and is very consistent. Awesome Destiny goes into the Fontainbleu with the blinkers fitted. Awesome Destiny will relish the distance of seven and a half furlongs and, if left unattended in front, will have a say in the outcome.

RAS EMANUEL — A recent winner at the Overnight level who will have to take more time to get acquainted with Open Allowance.

DWAYNE STAR — Ran really well on last when finishing third in the close finish involving Choo Choo Blue and Another Bullet. Definitely deserves a place among these ,and with the bustling and in-form Aaron Chatrie slated to ride, Dwayne Star's rattle in the straight might have a telling outcome. A good horse who has not been given the credit he deserves. There is no doubt that Dwayne Star will be a factor in the Fontainbleu.

SUPERLUMINAL — A really dogged fighter who never gives up. Superluminal would probably prefer it longer, but his last race over 10 furlongs when defeating Timeforarms and Hover Craft gave evidence that he is on top of his form. Superluminal can be steadied off the pace and if he enters the straight in front, the others will find it very difficult to get by.

MARKET FORCE — This three-year-old bay colt was prominent throughout the series of Classic races — finishing second in the 2,000 Guineas, getting the Lotto Classic in the stewards' room, fourth in the Derby and second in the St Leger with his last two races — the Derby and the St Leger being conquered by She's A Maneater. There is no doubt that Market Force is packed with class, but racing for the first time since July 15 against these hard knockers is going to be hard pushed to win. The journey is good for Market Force.

SHE'S A MANEATER — Six wins for six starts in 2017. She's A Maneater has already won against older horses in this class, but now comes up against several horses who are seasoned and who will fight to the end. She's A Maneater has been working well in the mornings, she has undisputed class, but will have to enter the racetrack with her 'A' game on in order to win. This race will give a clear indication of her possible chances in the Superstakes and Diamond Mile. Difficult to oppose, but is sure to be there when this is being decided.

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