Kiwi mare She’s A Maneater ready to strike in Australian racing debut

Kiwi trainer Peter Lock reckons there won’t be a better named horse than his mare which makes her Australian debut in the Premier’s Cup Prelude (1800m) at Randwick on Saturday.

“The name tells you plenty about her,” Lock said.

“Hop in her box and you’ll find out why she’s called She’s A Maneater.

“I wouldn’t want to be the first stallion she goes to.

“I’d say you’d have to tie both back legs up and put a muzzle on her mouth.

“She’s a wee bit feisty.”

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She’s A Maneater is a veteran of only 13 starts and the six-year-old daughter of Reliable Man has won five times with two third placings, the latest of which came in her most recent start in the Listed Opunake Cup at Pukekura on July 23.

“Her run last start in a 1400m stakes race was a beauty,” he said.

“She got home like a rocket.

“She’s on the way up. The further she goes the better.

“She’s a very tough and determined mare. She’s as tough as boots.

“Saturday is her biggest test to date.

“I’ve been to Australia a couple of times with some nice horses and it’s very, very difficult to beat the local horses.

“They’re a little bit superior to what they are here (in New Zealand).”

Lock’s most recent trip to Australia was in 2018 with a gelding named Hiflyer which finished fourth in the Winter Stakes and Winter Challenge at Rosehill before returning home to New Zealand and running second in the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy at Hastings.

The Te Aroha-based trainer, who has based himself and She’s a Maneater, with Peter Robl at Randwick said the mare “travelled really well and settled in well” after “leaving a bit of feed on Tuesday night”.

The plan is for She’s A Maneater to have three runs while in Australia.

“We’ve got three runs if we get to the top of the ladder,” Lock said.

“We might get brought back to earth on Saturday and if that was to happen we’d probably take a lower profile approach.

“We’ll run on Saturday, it should be a nice race for her with no weight on her back.

“Then she’ll run in the Premier’s Cup a couple of weeks later and if she runs well in that we’ll give her a bit of a freshen up and have a go at The Metropolitan on the first Saturday in October.

“Then we’ll take her home for the carnival at home.

“This preparation will go a long way to guiding us, not just for the rest of the preparation, but into the future.”

She’s A Maneater will carry 51.5kg on Saturday after the claim of champion Sydney apprentice Tyler Schiller.

TAB.com.au has listed the mare as a $71 chance.

Originally published as She’s A Maneater ready to make an impact on Aussie racing scene