Juveniles claim spotlight at weekend meets
The back-to-back race meets at Caymanas Park over the weekend, which ended yesterday, were highlighted by two impressive performances by the two-year-old fillies SHE'S A MANEATER and MONEY MAGNET in round two of the Front Runner Sprint and Keeling Memorial Cup, respectively, both over 1100 metres.
On Saturday, 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta introduced yet another classy two-year-old in the million-dollar Front Runner Sprint, and the bay filly by Natural Selection out of the 2009 'Horse of the Year', Ahwhofah, assumed an early lead under four-time champion Omar Walker and proceeded to win by all of 13 1/2 lengths from CHRISANLI, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:05.3, although eased by Walker in the last 100 metres.
A half-sister to last year's 2000 Guineas winner, ALI BABA, SHE'S A MANEATER is owned and bred by Winston Kong, who was not present at the track to witness the awesome display by his filly, who DaCosta feels has a bright future.
"This one is for real," declared the Hall of Fame trainer. "She had been working brilliantly and did what was expected of her.
"She will run in the Supreme Ventures Triple Crown series starting next month along with ARMAGEDDON, who also impressed in his two-year-old debut recently," added DaCosta.
On Yesterday's nine-race programme, MONEY MAGNET (4-1) rebounded from her recent loss to VERY CLASSIC to win the Keeling Memorial Cup by 8 1/2 lengths from 3-5 favourite MR. UNIVERSE and old rival VERY CLASSIC at 4-5 in a six-horse field.
MONEY MAGNET, who has now won twice from three starts, was ridden by the apprentice Odean Edwards for trainer Richard Azan and covered the distance (made most) in the good time of 1:06.2 for owners Nya. She is a chestnut filly by Nuclear Wayne out of Jazzy Jet.
Also yesterday, the Gordon Lewis-trained MR. BONES (Ameth Robles up) ran on strongly to catch long-time leader SUNDANCE (8-5) and win by 1 1/4 lengths in the Knutsford Park Cup over 1200 metres, completing a weekend double for trainer Lewis and owner Tony Hart, who won with 16-1 outsider MONTEGONIAN over 1800 metres on Saturday.
The progressive three-year-old gelding, CHACE THE GREAT, easily won the overnight allowance race at 1300 metres in a fast 1.18.2, to complete a hat-trick of wins.
A 4-5 favourite, the Dwight Chen-trained CHACE THE GREAT was a chance ride for champion jockey Shane Ellis, replacing the injured Wesley Henry.