She’s A Maneater awesome in Diamond Mile triumph

By Lance Whittaker November 09, 2019
Jockey Omar Walker is comfortable as he takes She's A Maneater across the finishing post on the way to a famous Diamond Mile triumph. Jockey Omar Walker is comfortable as he takes She's A Maneater across the finishing post on the way to a famous Diamond Mile triumph.

Winston Kong’s super mare She’s A Maneater reeled off a majestic stakes record win in Jamaica’s rich Diamond Mile at Caymanas Park on Saturday afternoon to prove herself the island’s best thoroughbred.

Surging to the front coming off the final bend under regular rider Omar Walker, the 3-5 favourite and 2017 horse of the year was unchallenged down the homestretch of the JA$14.5 Million (US$104,000) event and won by five lengths over her previously unbeaten stablemate Stranger Danger (6-5) in a Diamond Mile record one minute 35.20 seconds.

“It was a fantastic performance from a fantastic filly,” said trainer Wayne DaCosta after a remarkable fourth Diamond Mile win in the race’s five-year history.

“As I have been saying, I think she is the best filly, in fact the best horse ever to race at Caymanas Park,” added the 18-time champion DaCosta, whose one-two finish keeps alive his hopes of challenging leader Anthony Nunes for the 2019 Trainers’ title.

After the 2018 Lotto Classic winner Drummer Boy led briefly out of the starting gates, the 5-1 third favourite Toona Ciliata sped through on the inside to lead with Stranger Danger in close attendance along with 99-1 outsider Uncle Vinnie.

Down the backstretch, Toona Ciliata led narrowly from Stranger Danger while She’s A Maneater cruised up on the outside to challenge, with 2019 Triple Crown winner Supreme Soul (9-1) and Sentient (37-1) struggling to handle the Grade 1 pace.

She’s A Maneater quickened to lead by two lengths coming off the final bend as the projected titanic clash between her and Stranger Danger fizzled.

A few cracks of the whip right-handed from six-time champion jockey Walker saw the Natural Selection – Ahwhofah mare speed past the eighth pole in total command, before closing out a polished second Diamond Mile triumph in three years.

“She was so great in the mornings (at exercise) and I was pretty confident, she is in the best shape of her life,” Walker said after his third Diamond Mile victory.

The result was also partial redemption for her disappointing non-participation in last year’s Diamond Mile when she was scratched in a bizarre starting gate incident. With the field almost fully loaded, She’s A Maneater bolted from the gates when she was spooked by the horse beside her Peking Cruz’s fractious behaviour.

She’s A Maneater’s winning time on Saturday smashed by a long way the previous Diamond Mile record of 1:36.40 by Seeking My Dream and gave Walker his third winning ride in the BG&LC/SVL sponsored event.

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