Very Classic set to repeat
A BUNCH of five quick fillies, four of whom have turned the tables on each other in a race or two, line up for tomorrow's seventh event, a hot restricted stakes sprint at 1100 metres. Forget Gary Griffiths' colt, SILENCE, who should have really taken a scatterfire chance in Saturday's Derby with the purse paid down to sixth place and nothing to lose.
On paper, Richard Azan's MONEY MAGNET, second in the Thornbird Stakes and third in the 1000 Guineas behind Derby winner SHE'S A MANEATER, is the runner that jumps off the pages of the form book.
The rigours of running three races in five weeks, third behind the gelding FEARLESS SAMURAI on March 1, before being pummeled by SHE'S A MANEATER in the Thornbird Stakes and Guineas, March 18 and April 8, respectively, resulted in MONEY MAGNET running her worst race in 12 starts - failing to finish the 10-furlong Jamaica Oaks, April 29.
With the Derby never a consideration, MONEY MAGNET reports tomorrow off two months of well-needed rest, back among sprinters where she really belongs.
However, her preparation appears a bit dodgy, getting her first half-mile last Saturday morning, a modest 49.1, though easy, in the company of stablemate FIVE STAR.
MONEY MAGNET returns against race-fit bullet horses such as VERY CLASSIC, SARAH LEE, LIGHTNING LILY and FORT KNOX, runners who, on her best day, she should beat, but not as lightly trained as she will report tomorrow.
VERY CLASSIC, in particular, is very appealing with Wesley Henry after posting a crack five-furlong victory over FORT KNOX, clocking 59.2, going away, by two-and-a-half lengths, on May 20.
That time was no fluke. MONEY MAGNET was on the losing end of a similar loss to VERY CLASSIC last September, exact splits, 22.4 and 46.0, a final time of 59.3, a humbling five-length defeat.
Turn the tables
With speedy LIGHTNING LILY in the mix and her stablemate FORT KNOX catching birds at exercise, anxious to turn the tables on VERY CLASSIC, MONEY MAGNET faces a baptism of speed on her return.
Trainer Richard Azan's insistence to have Shane Ellis go overweight on his horses, declared to ride at 116lb, could possibly see MONEY MAGNET carrying up to three pounds more, definitely not a plus in her favour, returning off a rest.
VERY CLASSIC was very keen in victory on last, chasing and overhauling FORT KNOX, while blitzing MR UNIVERSE, who could not improve past third down the backstretch. She won going away at five furlongs and should have no problems going a half-furlong longer with 52.0 kilos.