Money Magnet chasing back to back wins
MONEY MAGNET has settled down nicely as a stalking sprinter, best effective up to six furlongs, the distance at which she won three weeks ago, beating ORPHEUS in a driving finish after disposing of his stablemate, SIEMPRE BUENO, in the stretch run.
The four-year-old filly returns at 1100 metres in Saturday's St Catherine Cup, hunting back-to-back open allowance victories, which would land her in grade one, joining the likes of CHACE THE GREAT, who only beat her by a length in November's Caribbean Sprint.
MONEY MAGNET's recent victory has, of course, been accompanied by an expected rise in the handicaps, having to race seven pounds heavier than her last outing. This has caused a 12-lb weight swing in SIEMPRE BUENO's favour, going a half-furlong shorter.
SIEMPRE BUENO is one of MONEY MAGNET's five rivals and one of the quickest. Speed is also represented by CRUCIAL APPEAL, ZEPHYR and SIMPLY THE BEST.
Odd enough, trainer Richard Azan has opted for Dick Cardenas aboard MONEY MAGNET, who replaces champion two-kilo claiming apprentice, Anthony Thomas, who won astride the filly last time out and had the leg up in three of her last six races.
Thomas, meanwhile, replaces Cardenas aboard Anthony Nunes' ORPHEUS, who will benefit from his two-kilo bug, hence the 12-lb weight swing.
It is not often that top trainers intentionally give away weight but it could be that Azan had not intended to start MONEY MAGNET so soon after her December 16 win. However, the St Catherine Cup, similar to other top-class races, might have come up short of entries and Thomas had already committed to SIEMPRE BUENO.
Despite the weight swing, MONEY MAGNET is a tough and classy filly, who kept company with the country's best horse, SHE'S A MANEATER, as a three-year-old and has won with 57.0 kilos as recent as last October, beating ZEPHYR at 1100 metres.
What she has going for her is the expected speed blitz among SIEMPRE BUENO, CRUCIAL APPEAL, ZEPHYR and SIMPLY THE BEST, horses who will be determined to make all in the quick sprint.
The speedsters are drawn almost alongside each other whereas MONEY MAGNET will break widest in the six-horse-field, keeping her out of any trouble which might occur in a mad dash to the half-mile.
MONEY MAGNET's mid-race pace, which she had used effectively to swoop down on ZEPHYR and SIEMPRE BUENO, between the three and two-pole in her last race, should see her closing best in the stretch run on the speedsters.
Cardenas, however, cannot afford to get caught too far behind with 56.5 kilos and need to keep her close enough coming off the home turn, possibly getting an inside run when the speed spreads at the top of the lane.