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Maneater gobbles Ciliata in Superstakes

Published:Monday | October 7, 2019 | 12:09 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
SHE’S A MANEATER, ridden by Omar Walker, wins the 41st running of the Superstakes at Caymanas Park in St Catherine yesterday.
SHE’S A MANEATER, ridden by Omar Walker, wins the 41st running of the Superstakes at Caymanas Park in St Catherine yesterday.

SHE’S A MANEATER, already the first of the fairer sex to have successfully defended a Superstakes crown, yesterday became the third horse to win three consecutive titles, romping to a comfortable victory over TOONA CILIATA in the 10-furlong event.

Partnered by Omar Walker for the umpteenth time in her glittering career, now spanning 23 victories from 29 starts, 1-5 favourite SHE’S A MANEATER tracked TOONA CILIATA from the off before asking his first serious question of the five-year-old mare a half-mile out.

SUPREME SOUL, the Triple Crown champion, raced fourth down the backstretch behind SENTIENT but found nothing off the bridle when asked to quicken, straightening fourth while being eased by Shane Ellis.

SHE’S A MANEATER shook loose of TOONA CILIATA coming off the home turn and quickened a furlongs and a half out, putting the race to bed inside the last furlong.

TOONA CILIATA stayed on for second behind SHE’S A MANEATER ‘S 2:05.2, two-fifths slower than the 2:05.0 in which she had outbattled WILL IN CHARGE when winning by a short head last year.

Phenomenal work ethic

Walker afterwards said the mare’s work ethic at exercise, especially since changing grooms, has been phenomenal.

“She was working exceptionally well in the mornings.

Since the trainer changed grooms, she is a different horse,” he said.

SHE’S A MANEATER closed a hat-trick of winners for Walker and a three-timer for DaCosta, with whom he teamed up to land the Invitational Mile with imported STRANGER DANGER, now unbeaten in nine starts, a stakes record 1:36.3.

Walker landed the ninth event with HARRY’S TRAIN, whereas DaCosta had earlier won the fourth with MY LITTLE PRINCESS.

Racing continues at Caymanas Park at the weekend.