She’s a maneater racing the clock

July 05, 2019
She’s A Maneater (Omar Walker)
She’s A Maneater (Omar Walker)

SHE'S A MANEATER has ANOTHER BULLET, MONEY MAGNET and three of her stablemates for company in Saturday's None Such Sprint, another now-too-common farcical grade-one event.

With no more than eight horses in training really considered grade-one material, at least three being sprinters, a second such race in seven days has thrown up exactly what a genius of a scheduling deserves - SHE'S A MANEATER racing the clock in a $1.3m event.

Conveniently skipping last Saturday's derby day Viceroy Trophy at nine furlongs in which she would have either carried topweight, or pretty close to, SHE'S A MANEATER's now has the None Such Sprint to herself despite the presence of ANOTHER BULLET, the shock winner of April's Lady Geeta Trophy.

SHE'S A MANEATER's whipping girl for the last three years, since their two-year-old days, MONEY MAGNET quickly won two races at the start of the season while the top horses rested up from the rigours of the Gold Cup, Superstakes, Diamond Mile and Miracle Man trophy.

With the cavalry out in the six-furlong Lady Geeta won by ANOTHER BULLET, MONEY MAGNET retreated to the shadows, finishing fifth, two lengths behind fourth-place SHE'S A MANEATER, who probably ran the second-worst race of her career.

After spending the last quarter of 2018 competing mainly in mid- to long-distance events, a worn-out SHE'S A MANEATER wasn't sharp enough for the Lady Geeta, nor had the company of her stablemates as rabbit in a sprint, which left her flat-footed with topweight against quicker rivals, CHACE THE GREAT and WILL IN CHARGE, at six furlongs.

CHACE THE GREAT skittered away on the lead, ran WILL IN CHARGE into the ground, and would have made it home were the race a five-and-a-half furlong event. ANOTHER BULLET, an opportunistic run-on sprinter, first went by WILL IN CHARGE before collaring gasping WILL IN CHARGE near the wire.

Though he's getting 14lb from SHE'S A MANEATER, ANOTHER BULLET is going up against the most versatile horse in training, who just reeled off 1:05.0 for five and a half furlongs at exercise on Monday, signalling her only rival is the clock.

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