Money in the bank
Old rivals MONEY MAGNET and SIEMPRE BUENO are joined by another awesome sprinter, SIR BUDGET, in tomorrow's open allowance at 1200 metres with no more than five pounds separating them in the seven-horse field.
MONEY MAGNET and SIEMPRE BUENO have met four times in each of their last five races, trading victories against each other or, as they did on January 6, had a fantastic duel, but were both beaten in a three-way photo by ZEPHYR, who had the handicaps in her favour.
Tomorrow's race should be no less a cracker with SIEMPRE BUENO coming off a great attempt at a mile, caught midway the last half-furlong by AWESOME DESTINY and eventual winner MARVELLOUS MARVA. Whereas MONEY MAGNET hasn't raced since January 6, she has been setting the exercise track alight, posting a bullet 59.3 for five furlongs round last Sunday morning.
SIR BUDGET is somewhat the most accomplished of the trio with two open allowance wins under his girth, having beaten the level in July and October of last year.
However, he has always been a little short on the class needed to win successive races at the level, especially at distances in excess of five and a half furlongs.
However, SIR BUDGET's presence, even with topweight 57.0 kilos, will certainly spell trouble for a front runner such as SIEMPRE BUENO, who is only three pounds lighter at 56.0 kilos.
Running in November's grade one Caribbean Sprint at 1200 metres, SIR BUDGET carried 57.0 kilos, sat third behind TALENTED TONY K and SIMPLY THE BEST before improving into second a furlong out when eventual winner CHACE THE GREAT ran through.
Though he ran out of the money, finishing sixth, beaten three and a half lengths by CHACE THE GREAT, SIR BUDGET showed that whenever he reported back down in class he would be a tough horse.
NINE POUNDS LIGHTER
Improving four-year-old MONEY MAGNET, a three-year-old then, was also in the Caribbean Sprint and closed up well with 117lb, nine pounds lighter than SIR BUDGET, to finish a length behind CHACE THE GREAT in third place.
SIEMPRE BUENO, who is said to have lost a shoe in the Caribbean Sprint and finished way down the track, returned to stamp his class, narrowly beating MONEY MAGNET at 1000 metres straight two weeks later.
In their last meeting, MONEY MAGNET carried 56.5 kilos, allowing SIEMPRE BUENO three pounds at five and a half furlongs, handicaps which the six-year-old relished as the lone speed on the lead and battled to hold her off for second behind ZEPHYR.
SIEMPRE BUENO now gives MONEY MAGNET two pounds, a five-pound weight swing going a half-furlong longer with SIR BUDGET and others top keep him honest, which will spell trouble for him in the stretch run.
With all three horses having the requisite speed and class, the race will be determined by what happens inside the first four furlongs, after which handicaps come into play.
SIEMPRE BUENO, SIR BUDGET, LITTLE BIG HORN and SIMPLY THE BEST will be hell bent to hog the lead at some point for the first four furlongs. That will certainly suit MONEY MAGNET, who is a run-on sprinter, getting a three-pound ease in the scale with patient Shane Ellis aboard, closing against heavier and tiring rivals.