Chace The Great returns to challenge Money Magnet
CHAMPION sprinter CHACE THE GREAT makes his seasonal debut in Saturday's Eileen Cliggott Memorial at 1300 metres, facing four rivals including MONEY MAGNET, who has been busy winning two races and narrowly losing another while he was out on a two-month break.
Both horses last met in the Diamond Mile, early December, in which they came off the turn challenging for the lead before SHE'S A MANEATER split them a furlong and a half out and ran out an easy winner.
CHACE THE GREAT had actually hit the front early in the straight, coming around from post-position 14, to go past MONEY MAGNET and was still second deep inside the final furlong of the event before stablemates BIGDADDYKOOL and HOUDINI'S MAGIC relegated him to fourth.
In the Diamond Mile, CHACE THE GREAT carried 126lb whereas MONEY MAGNET had 117, yet couldn't match her rival for speed nor stamina, finishing a length behind the gelding.
A similar margin separated them in the Caribbean Sprint, six furlongs, three weeks earlier, in which CHACE THE GREAT carried 121lb and weaved his way through rivals to win comfortably enough ahead of TRADITIONAL PRINCE and MONEY MAGNET closing as a team.
BOSS OF SPRINTING
Though he has not raced since Diamond Mile day, CHACE THE GREAT reports as fresh as a daisy and less pounded than MONEY MAGNET. Having galloped six furlongs in 1:13.0 on Sunday, CHACE THE GREAT looks ready to show who's the boss of sprinting at Caymanas Park.
MONEY MAGNET is a year younger but is making her official grade one debut, sitting only six pounds off CHACE THE GREAT, who has champion apprentice Anthony Thomas slipping two kilos.
Anthony Nunes' SIEMPRE BUENO comes in at 114lb with Wesley Henry. SIEMPRE BUENO's best chance is on the lead but he's facing two quality opponents, one of whom, CHACE THE GREAT, will be on to him quickly.
CHACE THE GREAT's main weapon is his ability to be rated more easily since Chen added the one-cup blinker, which has also greatly curbed his tendency to drift right in the stretch run.