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She's A Maneater, Chace The Great in tough sprint call

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter
ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, December 15, 2018

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ALL eyes will be on the brilliant She's A Maneater as the unlucky Diamond Mile non-starter takes on eight rivals in a quick dash Graded Stakes event over five-and-a-half furlongs (1,100m) at Caymanas Park today.

This is not even close to a slam dunk for the classy filly as she is going to find it quite demanding defeating her rivals, allowing so much weight to all and with a trip which is far from being her most comfortable.

She's A Maneater, who was the favourite for the Diamond Mile on December 1, bolted before the start of the one-mile (1,600m) event and was therefore unable to defend her crown. However, she came out of that encounter without any major damage and has since been doing well at exercise without running away the egrets.

She is fit and ready again, but She's A Maneater, who is carry 57.0 kgs (126 lb), is allowing significant weight to some good horses and will have to be in the pink of form to win this one. It is not going to be easy, but she can do it.

The horse that She's A Maneater will have to beat if she is to help her trainer Wayne DaCosta to make inroads in Anthony Nunes' lead in the race for the 2018 title race is the sprint champion himself, Chace The Great from the stables of Dwight Chen.

The race is not confined to these two horses as Money Magnet, Mr Universe and Campesino are all dangerous contenders in a race of this nature. The likes of Patriarch and Peking Cruz are going to keep the runners honest throughout the race, while Perfect Neighbour and Houdini's Magic have it all to do here as they have no place in this one.

The three-year-olds and upwards event, which carries a purse of $1.3 million, is positioned as the 10th event on the 11-race card with a post time of 4:25 pm. First post is at 11:00 am.

She's A Maneater ( Natural Selection - Ahwhofah) has raced over this distance before on May 26 of this year in the Lotto Sprint Trophy and the bay filly, with a tremendous run in deep stretch, came from far behind to beat rivals, going away by three lengths. The “Wonder Woman” of local horse racing stopped the clock in an impreesive 1:05.2, getting the better of Sir Budget, Chace The Great, Money Magnet and Mr Universe. This showed her versatile side, but the question remains: Can jockey Omar Walker get maximum effort out of She's A Maneater? That is left to be seen.

Chace The Great ( Greatness – Our Miss Ruth) has really come to life in the last quarter of this year. He has developed into quite a racer after winning the Caribbean Sprint Championship for the second-consecutive year on November 10, going six furlongs (1,200m) in style and beating the likes of Mr Universe, Patriarch and Campesino. Chace The Great then went into the Diamond Mile and finished a very good third behind Will In Charge and Bigdaddykool over a mile, and today he receives approximately 15 lb from She's A Maneater over a distance he prefers more than the filly. Chace The Great has shown time and time again that he does not have to lead, but he's strong and talented enough to lay in waiting before slipping into contention coming into the straight. Chace The Great needs no encouragement to win and is the firm choice to sprint home in front in this one.

In truth, the ability of the jockey is always a huge factor. A rider with a combination of skill, intelligence, experience, and physical strength can often change the result of a race at any given time, and Dane Nelson is such an individual as he showed this from time to time. This being the case, the connections will be hoping that Chace The Great will prevail when Nelson climbs aboard the sprint champion today.

Money Magnet (Nuclear Wayne - Jazzy Jet) missed the Caribbean Sprint championship due to injury but made it up in the Diamond Mile in which she came home in fourth place. She is better suited for the sprint and will not be overpowered.

Mr Universe ( Region Of Merit - Raging Fury) ran very encouragingly in the Sprint as he fought to end, losing out by 2 1/2 lengths to Chace The Great. He is light, very light here at 50.0 kgs (110 lb), making him a dangerous fellow as he is sure to lead. Mr Universe has to be caught.

Campesino ( Compadre - Yaella) did well when coming off a break to finish fifth in the Caribbean Sprint. Campesino then confirmed his form when he failed by just a half-a-length to beat Mr Universe down the five straight. Now he races with the lightest weight at 50.0kgs (110 lb), he has carried in many, many moons, giving him a good chance of even winning this one despite his eight years.

Ones to watch:

Race 1) Silver Surf/Explosive Charge/Genuine Article

Race 2) Earn Your Stripes/El Gringo/Roy Rogers

Race 3) Royal Vibes/Soy El Senor/Storm

Race 4) Yolove/Vijeeta/Diligent

Race 5) JamalJames/Lord Ashton/SwabyBaby

Race 6) My Angel Briannah/Buckaluck/Hello Lady

Racer 7) Key Witness/Dare To Speak/Nala's Bushman

Race 8) My Super Girl/Outrageous Taj/El Profesor

Race 9) Drummer Boy/Superluminal/Radical

Race 10) Chace The Great/She's A Maneater/Mr Universe

Race 110 Bigbrowngreyhope/Aldebaran/Powerful Red


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