Horse Racing

Won't be an easy chase to catch She's A Maneater

Observer staff reporter

Saturday, March 23, 2019

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SHE'S A Maneater, the Wayne DaCosta-conditioned brilliant bay mare, looks to kick-start her five-year-old campaign on a high note as she takes on rivals in what should be a walk in the park in the $1.3-million Chairman's Trophy feature, which will highlight today's attractive-looking 11-race card at Caymanas Park.

With nothing seemingly around in the Graded Stakes event to really test the ability of She's A Maneater, the 7 -furlong (1,500m) race should be another exercise gallop for the Horse of the Year runner-up in her first appearance for the season.

She's A Maneater last raced on December 26, 2018, and was beaten by Bigdaddykool (Dane Nelson) in the Miracle Man Cup over nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m). Now, coming off a rest, She's A Maneater should add yet another trophy to her cabinet when this race is over.

The 2017 Triple Crown, Superstakes and Diamond Mile winner, She's A Maneater faces Superluminal, Chace The Great and stable companions Drummer Boy and Perfect Neighbour.

She's A Maneater will face the starter in the sixth event, which will go to post at 2:45 pm. First race has a post time of 11:50 am.

She's A Maneater has not raced in 87 days, but has been specifically prepared by her trainer for this race. She's A Maneater once again is burdened with the top impost of 57.0kgs (126 lbs), but that shouldn't be a problem as the trip is right up her street. This is a classy mare who has already done more than expected, so another notch around her girth is to be expected.

Truth to be told, second place could be anyone's as all the other runners in the line-up are of equal quality.

The rejuvenated seven-year-old bay horse Superluminal, based on current form, looks more than likely the horse to follow She's A Maneater to the wire as he is tough, rugged, unflinching and full of grit.

Superluminal comes into this race with three consecutive victories and his camp should be full of confidence for another good showing. But even if he produces more than his best here, Superluminal can only hope to get as far as within five lengths of She's A Maneater, the 'Wonder Woman' of local racing.

Chace The Great, a former champion sprinter, who seems to be out of his comfort zone here but he packs sufficient class and talent to have an impact on the outcome.

Both Drummer Boy and Perfect Neighbour are capable runners and should have their say in deep stretch.

Although the Chairman's Trophy is the main feature on the day, all eyes will be on the third race, an Optional Claiming ($1 million-$850,000) event which sees the return of Run Thatcher Run – winner of the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes last December. Run Thatcher Run returns after dealing with a setback earlier in the year.

Run Thatcher Run has not been pushed hard at exercise with this run, whicch is looking more and more like a step towards a higher goal. He faces the likes of American Invader, Crucial Appeal and Smokey Topaz going over 6 furlongs (1,200m).

Ones to watch:

Race 1) Kingsman/God Of Love/Tricky One

Race 2) Don Almighty/Beach Boy/Scoobert

Race 3) Run Thatcher Run/American Invader/Crucial Appeal

Race 4) Awesome Aviator/Ciaro/Sea Cruise

Race 5) I am Di One/Black River/Nuclear Evita

Rcae 6) She's A Maneater/Superluminal/Chace The Great

Race 7) Cohete Del Exito/Cherokee Way/Isotope

Race 8) Messi/Fealess Treblav/Anaso

Race 9) Strike It Lucky/Stan Roy/Fiery Path

Race 10) Supreme Authority/Kimberly Gold/Diferentgeneration

Race 11) Blood Song/Uncle Wal/Eddie's Princess

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