SHE’S A MANEATER LOOKS SET TO SEASON RIVALS WITH TOMATO KETCHUP FOR GOLD CUPOctober 12, 2018 11:51 am
Saturday’s 10-race programme which kicks off the two day racing carnival, will headline the $3-million Cal’s Tomato Ketchup Gold Cup over 1400 metres (7 furlongs) for Grade I horses.
Seven will face the starter, including the 2017 Horse-Of-The-Year She’s A Maneater (Natural Selection – Ahwhofah), with regular partner Omar Walker. She will be seeking her third straight victory, has continued to move sharply at exercise and is expected to reassert her dominance as the top handicapper, by capturing the top share of the purse.
Leading the fight will be the much improved Robert Pearson’s trained Will In Charge (ch h Adore The Gold – Gem Lea), who has three wins from four attempts this season. He defeated She’s A Maneater in the 1820 metres Legal Light Trophy back in April. Jockey Robert Halledeen will once again be in the saddle, and he could once again break the “Maneater” winning streak.
Chace The Great, (Greatness -Our Miss Ruth) from the barn of Dwight Chen with bustling Aaron Chatrie in the saddle, will give it his best shot and should not be disgraced.
Title chasing trainer Anthony Nunes will have a two prong attack in the speedy Siempre Bueno (Dick Cardenas), and Houdini’s Magic who has scored once this season when landing the Viceroy Trophy over 1800 metres. Will have jockey Wesley Henry in the saddle and will make his presence felt.
Patrick Lynch’s Another Bullet returns to this group after landing the Open Allowance Seek Exercise Book Trophy over 1300 metres. Dane Dawkins will do the duties and could spring a surprise here.
Completing the line-up will be Perfect Neighbour also from the barn of the champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, with Anthony Thomas who although a winner last time out, is not expected to cause much of a problem here.
Meanwhile Jockey Omar Walker became the seventh jockey in the 1,000 winners’ group when he guided Wayne DaCosta’s Without Exception to victory on Saturday, October 3. Walker who’s riding career started in 2006 sees him joining Winston Griffiths (1,663), Emilio Rodriquez (1,084), Andrew Ramgeet (1,149) Charles Hussey (1,239), Trevor Simpson (1,469) and Shane Ellis (1,185) at Caymanas Park. Walker holds the distinction of winning the jockey title on six occasions more than and other jockey. He won the Triple Crown aboard She’s A Maneater in 2017. Interestingly, his first career win Supernatural, was also for trainer Wayne DaCosta.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association takes this opportunity to send condolences to the family of veteran jockey Vassell Najair, who died on Monday last after suffering injury at the track on September 28.