Pull cash with Money Magnet
RICHARD AZAN's MONEY MAGNET stands between Anthony Nunes' SIEMPRE BUENO and ORPHEUS in Saturday's open allowance at 1200 metres, a $1.15m purse worth its weight in gold to Nunes in his title chase.
Approximately $5.5m behind 16-time defending champion Wayne DaCosta's, $5,496,775 to be exact, Nunes needs to earn roughly $1.1m more, per meet, than his rival - for the remaining five racedays - to have any chance of winning his first trainer's title.
Both trainers appear to be playing the numbers game, Nunes throwing his barn at DaCosta last week, 13 runners to his rival's five, to chisel $633,400 off the champion's lead.
DaCosta has responded this week, sending out nine runners to Nunes' four, including YAYA'S DREAM, who looks good in the second event for two-year-olds after hopping at the start last week and finishing fast for fourth behind Nunes' FAYROUZ.
Nunes is banking on quality this week instead of quantity and has two very good horses in the third, SIEMPRE BUENO and ORPHEUS, eyeing an exacta worth a little over $800,000 in stakes. However, Azan's MONEY MAGNET ran so well in the Diamond Mile, two weeks ago, that it's hard to oppose him against Nunes' two-pronged attack.
Both Nunes horses have beaten MONEY MAGNET in the final third of the year. ORPHEUS ran on to grab the filly at 1200 metres on September 23 and SIEMPRE BUENO outsprinted her at 1000 metres straight on November 25, very close races.
In fact, they were 1-2-3 at the finish over the straight, ORPHEUS closing fast for third behind SIEMPRE BUENO and MONEY MAGNET, definitely needing more than five furlongs straight to be effective, which makes him a dangerous horse at six furlongs this week.
SIEMPRE BUENO has picked up 11 pounds for that win, but appears to have the confidence of Nunes' first-call rider, Panamanian Dick Cardenas, who has won aboard the five-year-old in three of his last four starts.
Whereas SIEMPRE BUENO will try to make all with topweight 57.0 kilos, ORPHEUS will be coming at the death but won't get first run ahead of MONEY MAGNET. In the Diamond Mile, Azan's filly disputed the lead down the backstretch with the likes of TALENTED TONY K, SIR BUDGET, WILL IN CHARGE and CHACE THE GREAT to come off the home turn second.
When SHE'S A MANEATER appeared a furlong and a half out, the horses she split were CHACE THE GREAT and MONEY MAGNET before racing clear of the field.
Apprentice Anthony Thomas will partner Azan's filly, who will carry 53.0 kilos, the same weight Oneil Mullings rode at in the Diamond Mile in which she was still third up to a furlong out before being relegated by BIGDADDYKOOL and HOUDINI'S MAGIC.