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Money Magnet obliges

Money Magnet obliges, Bruce Wayne strikes in Joseph Armond Memorial

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, December 17, 2017



It was a mere formality for the in-form Richard Azan-trained Money Magnet , who duly put away a field of three-year-olds and upward Open Allowance company over six-furlongs (1,200 metres) to highlight yesterday's 10-race programme in bright conditions at Caymanas Park.

After running her heart out to place sixth in the ultra-rich Diamond Mile event two weeks ago, the three-year-old chestnut filly ( Nuclear WayneJazzy Jet by Al's River Cat) was always going to be hard to deny, and she proved just that in copping the $1.15-million purse for her connections.

Money Magnet was justifiably sent off as the odds-on favourite following a close second-place finish by a head to the Anthony Nunes-conditioned Siempre Bueno (Dick Cardenas up) over the five furlongs (1,000 metres) straight course prior to the Diamond Mile run.

The two would renew their rivalry along with Orpheus (Shane Ellis up) — the other Anthony Nunes charge, which was third in that event — but Money Magnet was always going to pull the strings this time around.

With the hot Anthony Thomas now returning to do duties and the extra real estate in their favour, the Nya-owned Money Magnet sat comfortably in third as Zephyr (Jerome Innis up) and Siempre Bueno hooked up on the lead.

When the runners left the half-mile, Siempre Bueno stuck the nose in front with Money Magnet and Thomas still watchful some two lengths behind in third.

However, Thomas asked his mount to get going on the inside as the leaders approached the home stretch and in the blink of an eye, Money Magnet briskly came through on the lead and ran away for an easy three-and-a-quarter-length victory.

Orpheus came through for second with Another Bullet (Dane Nelson up) third and Hover Craft (Philip Parchment up) completing the frame.

The Richard Azan and Edison Chai-bred Money Magnet covered the distance in a tidy 1:11.3 minutes behind splits of 22.3 and 46.0 seconds.

Meanwhile, the Anthony Nunes-conditioned Bruce Wayne, with the assistance of stable rider Dick Cardenas, ran away from rivals to win the day's feature event, the Joseph Armond Memorial Trophy over 1,820 metres.

The Stephan Narinesingh three-year-old bay colt ( Nuclear WayneXpress Card by Domino Jack) came home at odds of 8-5 in a respectable time of 1:56.4 minutes behind splits of 26.2, 52.1, 1:17.4 and 1:43.0. They were five-and-a-quarter lengths clear of Council of Trent (Linton Steadman up), with Dada's Nala (Prince Holder up) and Regal Prospector (Anthony Thomas) completing the frame.

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