She's A Maneater, Bigdaddykool face off in Legal Light Trophy
Jamaica’s top-rated horses, SHE’S A MANEATER and BIGDADDYKOOL, meet at level weight in Saturday’s 1820-metre Legal Light Trophy – the first time they will share topweight 126lb in three meetings.
In December’s Diamond Mile, champion trainer Wayne DaCosta’s SHE’S A MANEATER easily won with the distance and weight in her favour, getting eight pounds from the gelding.
She also won their previous meeting, the 2000-metre Superstakes in November, getting 10lb from BIGDADDYKOOL, who lost by two lengths in another weight-for-age race.
However, Saturday’s Legal Light Trophy will be their first meeting in a handicap race, which has swung the scale in five-year-old BIGDADDYKOOL’s favour against the four-year-old filly, who swept all the major races last year as a three-year-old, including the Triple Crown.
Knowing his horse will need pace to keep up with the flashy filly and champion jockey Omar Walker, trainer Anthony Nunes has fitted BIGDADDYKOOL with blinkers for the first time while replacing Panamanian Dick Cardenas with non-claiming apprentice Linton Steadman, who had success aboard the gelding in last year’s race, beating United States-bred BRAWN.
Also making his seasonal debut in the event is Robert Pearson’s WILL IN CHARGE, who used 109 and 110lb to twice beat topweight BIGDADDYKOOL last year. The five-year-old is a strong galloper and will be on the lead under in-form Robert Halledeen, trying to get away with a seven-pound advantage.
Meanwhile, HOUDINI’S MAGIC, BIGDADDYKOOL’s stablemate, will run approximately 15lb lighter than the top two. He improved significantly last season and is best in at the weights.
However, SHE’S A MANEATER’s Diamond Mile performance put her in a different league, a near seven-length victory after sitting off the pace in torrid splits. She did that as a three-year-old and has trained on nicely since. She has a crippling turn of foot, which should leave her rivals floundering when asked to run by Walker.
The Legal Light Trophy runs off at 4:50 p.m., the 10th of 11 races scheduled.
First post is noon.