Maneater to chew Another Bullet
SHE'S A MANEATER returns from her Triple Crown-winning exploits, galloping at exercise like the big horse she is, but makes her second appearance outside her age group with an eight-pound swing in ANOTHER BULLET's favour, the five-year-old horse she beat at a mile before conquering the Jamaica Derby in June.
The 11-horse line-up for Saturday's 1500-metre Fontainbleu Trophy also includes ORPHEUS, the four-year-old who was awarded last year's Derby in the stewards' room after a dramatic double disqualification involving first-past-the-post FUTURE KING and BIIGDADDYKOOL.
ORPHEUS broke down in his next race, the St Leger, but won on his third start back this season, closing off strong pace to nab one of this year's top three-year-olds, MONEY MAGNET, stealing home at 1200 metres on September 23.
Whereas ORPHEUS might very well need another race or two to bring him up to open allowance pace, having beaten overnight allowance horses last time out, ANOTHER BULLET is battle-ready and awaiting SHE'S A MANEATER after giving the filly a run for her money with the handicaps against him in June.
Last Wednesday, ANOTHER BULLET confirmed his preference for middle-distance races with a big performance in the 1300-metre Saint Cecelia Trophy, going down by the shortest of margins to old rival CHOO CHOO BLUE, an improving United States-bred filly, caught at the wire in a fast 1:18.3.
Reporting razor sharp with Panamanian Dick Cardenas again in the saddle, Patrick Lynch-trained ANOTHER BULLET will enjoy 1500 metres, especially with an eight-pound swing on SHE'S A MANEATER, who had beaten him by four lengths at a mile with four-pound advantage, but had only caught him a furlong out.
Though she hasn't raced since winning the St Leger in July, SHE'S A MANEATER has looked none the worse at exercise. She clocked a sharp 1:27.2 for seven furlongs last Saturday morning and faces ANOTHER BULLET as the only contending speed horse in the race.
ANOTHER BULLET may have the handicaps in his favour, running four pounds lighter than the filly, and will certainly get the distance but SHE'S A MANEATER's class is undisputed. She has enough mid-race pace to stalk and outfinish ANOTHER BULLET at 1500 metres. The distance will actually suit her, an extra half-furlong to wear down the five-year-old should he bring race-fitness into play and prove stubborn in the stretch run.