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Money Magnet stamps her class

Friday, February 23, 2018

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The Richard Azan-conditioned Money Magne t more than proved her worth among the 'big horses' when she produced a compelling run to win the $1.3-million Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy at Caymanas Park on Saturday. It was a performance which confirmed her development and her talent in no uncertain manner. The race was contested over six and a half furlongs.

THE RACE

Facing Graded Stakes company for the second time, Money Magnet, ridden by Dane Dawkins, was alert at the start but raced in third position just on the outside of sprint champion Chace The Great (Anthony Thomas), as both were left in the wake of the speedy Siempre Bueno (Wesley Henry) who sprinted off to lead the field by six lengths.

When Siempre Bueno opened up further on the field approaching the half-mile (800m), Money Magnet dropped back a bit and seemed to be losing speed. However, she hugged the inside rails and cut the turn coming into the lane for the final drive.

Siempre Bueno gave way inside the final furlong (200m) as Money Magnet and Chace The Great took over, with the chestnut filly speeding away to win emphatically by a length and a quarter in 1:18.2... a true reflection of her progress thus far. The splits posted were 22.2 x 44.3 x 1:10.4.

Houdini's Magic (Shane Ellis), who was completely outpaced from the start of the race, came on well in the last furlong to finish two lengths adrift in third place. Money Magnet ( Nuclear WayneJazzy Jet) is owned by NYA.

THE ANALYSIS

Money Magnet's progress over the last three months or so has been quite remarkable. The four-year-old chestnut filly has come through the ranks, showing a distinct preference for the middle distances, with Saturday's six and a half furlongs being the longest distance overwhich she has been able to conquer her rivals.

After finishing sixth in the Diamond Mile (Dec 2, 2017), Money Magnet has raced four times, winning three of those races in the process, with the win in the Eileen Cliggott being her best and most to date.

Chace The Great did nothing wrong. He broke well, he waited, then came with his usual strong run in deep stretch, but was beaten by the better horse on the day.

Young jockey Dane Dawkins must be complimented for his patience, as he waited on Money Magnet and was not thrown off by the quick splits set by Siempre Bueno who shot out like a scared hare and had nothing in reserve when it mattered most.

Houdini's Magic was racing for the first time in what was an obvious prep for other races to come further down the line.

COMMENTS

“Very good. It was a very good performance by Money Magnet as she demonstrated class and talent. It was a Grade One race and she won in a good time, and so I am really happy about it. She is a genuine Stakes horse and she is now on top of her game, and we hope that we can get a few more races out of her.

“I think she is a very nice horse. She is in Grade One company and I think she can compete properly with them, and so I am hoping we have future successes,” trainer Azan shared with the Supreme Racing Guide.

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