She's a Maneater returns with force
SHE'S A MANEATER yesterday made minced meat of ANOTHER BULLET, pouncing on the five-year-old colt at the top of the lane, after running four wide into the straight, and wasted no time in pulling away to land the 1500-metre Fontainbleu Trophy by three and a half lengths.
The Triple Crown-winning filly announced her return with aplomb, clocking the second-fastest time for 1500 metres this year, 1:30.3, bettered only by Horse of the Year stablemate SEEKING MY DREAM, who posted 1:30.0 in March, beating fellow Grade One campaigner FRANFIELD by seven lengths.
Champion jockey Omar Walker settled the filly in fifth position down the backstretch, leaving the widest draw in the 10-horse field. She worked her way inside but was caught behind a quartet of horses - ANOTHER BULLET and stablemate DWAYNE STAR, ORPHEUS, and SUPERLUMINAL - all vying for the lead and creating a Trump-like wall approaching the half-mile, forcing Walker to switch to the outside.
The pace quickened at the half-mile marker with ANOTHER BULLET and DWAYNE STAR going at each other, leaving ORPHEUS behind, while Walker stoked SHE'S A MANEATER to go past SUPERLUMINAL approaching the three. The filly responded like a Bugatti and swooped down on the battling trio two and a half furlongs out. Straightening four wide, she took aim at ANOTHER BULLET and was in control within another half-furlong, pushed out by Walker for a clear lead at the furlong pole.
Inside the last half-furlong, the champion jockey gave her a reminder, to which she pricked her ears and started showing off, galloping out a clear winner at odds of 1-5, ahead of ANOTHER BULLET, who stayed on for second, unable to capitalise on an eight-pound weight swing from their previous meeting when she had beaten him by four lengths with a four-pound advantage.
A 10th win from 11 starts, her first in open allowance, leaves SHE'S A MANEATER with one more start at the level before she graduates to Grade One ahead of next month's Superstakes and December's Diamond Mile, two of the richest races on the racing calendar.
Panamanian Dick Cardenas won three races to top all riders, opening his tally with JAMAICAN CITIZEN in the second before winning back-to-back events aboard DASH BOARD and NUCLEAR WARNING, both driving finishes, in the eighth and ninth races, respectively.
Patrick Lynch was the day's leading trainer with two winners, 8-1 shot TOOT THE BLUES in the seventh and NUCLEAR WARNING in the ninth.
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