Three-horse clash looms in Superstakes today
Pundits will be hard pressed to decide among SHE’S A MANEATER, BIGDADDYKOOL and impressive Gold Cup winner, WILL IN CHARGE, who to back in this afternoon’s Burger King Superstakes at 10 furlongs.
Sound arguments can be made for all three horses, especially Robert Pearson’s WILL IN CHARGE, after a superb Gold Cup performance in which he defeated defending Superstakes and Diamond Mile champion, SHE’S A MANEATER, for the second time in six months, nearly smashing Eros’ seven-furlong track record, which has stood for 24 years.
However, the conditions of the Superstakes, a grade one invitational event, has handed SHE’S A MANEATER a five-pound sex allowance, the lightest she has been since her devastating Diamond Mile performance last year, making her extremely dangerous.
Despite her sex allowance, champion trainer Wayne DaCosta’s SHE’S A MANEATER is still close in the weights to BIGDADDYKOOL, who had allowed her 10lb when going down by two lengths in last year’s Superstakes.
Handed the 2016 Superstakes in the stewards’ room, Anthony Nunes’ BIGDADDYKOOL struggled as the top handicapper last year and was beaten in four consecutive races by rapidly improving WILL IN CHARGE and SHE’S A MANEATER before easily winning last December’s marathon 12-furlong Harry Jackson Memorial.
However, the big stayer had hoof issues after and never returned to the races until June this year, a third-place finish in the Chairman’s Trophy behind WILL IN CHARGE at seven and a half furlongs. However, BIGDADDYKOOL was awesome a month ago in the lower class, winning the Nigel B Nunes Memorial at nine furlongs and 25 yards and has been working brilliantly since.
The performances of the year, so far, belong to WILL IN CHARGE. On both occasions, when he accounted for SHE’S A MANEATER he went gate-to-wire in winning the April’s Legal Light Trophy and was devastating in last month’s Gold Cup, pulling away at the end to win the seven-furlong event by three and a half lengths.
All three horses have been training brilliantly and have regular riders aboard – Omar walker on SHE’S A MANEATER, Linton Steadman aboard BIGDADDYKOOL and Robert Halledeen astride WILL IN CHARGE – leaving none with nothing to complain about.
The Superstakes runs off at 4:35 p.m. and will have the Caribbean Sprint and Invitational Mile as supporting features on the 10-race card.