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She's A Maneater serves up a 'whopping' performance

…Diamond Mile the next objective but Will In Charge is going to be there seeking revenge

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, November 16, 2018

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After successfully defending her Burger King Superstakes crown on Saturday, (November 10, 2018), trainer Wayne DaCosta believes She's A Maneater can do the same in the December 1 Diamond Mile sponsored by the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission and Supreme Ventures Limited.

“If all goes well for the upcoming Diamond Mile, I am expecting another good run. She is a champion filly, so it a short time off, then full preparation for the Diamond Mile,” DaCosta informed.

She's A Maneater entered the Superstakes with many doubters weighing heavily in her back, especially after being beaten by Will In Charge, three times this season.

She succeeded in turning the tables on Will In Charge, getting by her rival by a short head after a titanic tussle to the wire which brought all and sundry at the Park to their feet, cheering and just admiring two horses perform at their best. She's A Maneater won in a time of 2:05.0 for 10 furlongs (2,000m).

“I think the main thing that got her in front of Will In Charge this time was the weight. She was over-handicapped in her last two races and as a result of the change in the weight, she delivered,” the trainer said.

Ridden by Omar Walker, She's A Maneater sat in third position behind Drummer Boy (Phillip Parchment), who led the small field of six runners at a merry clip with Will In Charge (Robert Halledeen) staying just behind the leader.

Approaching the half-mile (800m) pole, Will In Charge went through to take up the lead with She's A Maneater moving as well.

At the top of the lane, Will In Charge continued to hang tough and with She's A Maneater showing no signs of quitting, a raging battle ensued with She's A Maneater getting home by the 'bob' of a neck at the wire. Seven lengths adrift in third place was Bigdaddykool.

It was good to see the stands shaking again, as racing fans stood and watched the Superstakes stretch drive involving two great horses.

The following is an assessment of the Superstakes result in winning order.

FIRST: She's A Maneater — Despite tasting several defeats in her four-year-old season, She's A Maneater delivered probably her most gutsy and courageous performance. Her fighting spirit was something to behold as she gave no quarter and put down a performance which will be remembered for a long time. She's A Maneater demonstrated that it takes not only talent to win big races, but a toughness rarely seen in fillies. Make no doubt about it, She's A Maneater's achievements on the track are truly outstanding.

SECOND: Will In Charge — Lost no merit in this defeat. Jockey Robert Halledeen rode a controlled and well-judged race, but in the end was pipped by a short head. Will In Charge, as is usually the case, was tough and his never-say-die attitude spoke volumes of his development in 2008. A credit to his trainer and for sure the battle with She's A Maneater is going to continue in the Diamond Mile. Let's hope the promoters can handle the crowd on the day.

THIRD: Bigdaddykool — Simply did not run as expected after a good return following injury. Bigdaddykool was in good positions throughout the race with his customary late surge not materialising.

FOURTH: Perfect Neighbour — Continues to earn.

FIFTH: Drummer Boy — Came in the race to lead, did his job and then backed out.

SIXTH: SOTOMAYOR — Missing in action.

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