Thu | Sep 19, 2019

Money Magnet nabs Chace The Great with late surge

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 9:23 PMAinsley Walters

MONEY MAGNET outfinished topweight CHACE THE GREAT in yesterday's five-furlong straight Reggae Trophy, helping trainer Richard Azan log a three-timer on the 10-race card.

Partnered by champion jockey Anthony Thomas, MONEY MAGNET raced in contention from her plum wide draw on the stands' side, chasing EXHILARATE before surging close home, getting the better of old rival CHACE THE GREAT in mid-track.

Quickening on the faster stands' side, MONEY MAGNET inched away from CHACE THE GREAT, who allowed her 15lb and lost by a length and a quarter in a driving finish, beaten by the handicaps and luck of the draw.

Azan immediately followed up his trophy victory with SI ME NOW, ridden by five-time champion jockey Trevor Simpson in a three-year-old maiden event at a mile.

Slowly away under Simpson, who has so far ridden five winners on his winter break from the North American circuit, SI ME NOW was pushed through the field to tackle DON JULIO on the lead.

Simpson wasted no time and sent SI ME NOW to lead three furlongs out and fought off 1-2 favourite SENTIENT before holding late-charging ENVISAGED by a half-length in a final time of 1:41.4.

Azan had earlier opened his tally in the third with a mild upsetter, 7-1 shot FIVE STAR, who soared past long shots GENERAL REPORT and FLYING MACHINE to win the seven-furlong event with apprentice Daniel Thompson.

Simpson, Shane Ellis and a pair of apprentices, Kiaman McGregor and Christopher Mamdeen, all ended the day with two winners.

McGregor opened the card with 6-5 favourite GENERAL MUBARAAK, surviving a stewards' enquiry and jockey's objection from fellow apprentice Romari Smith astride second-past-the-post MAKHI.

McGregor returned to cleanly make all aboard MACHU PICCHU at two furlongs straight in the fourth.

Ellis accounted for races two and four, booting home 2-1 shot QUORA and DEZZY THE GENIUS at a mile and nine furlongs and 25 yards, respectively.

Mamdeen notched his winners on the second half of the card, guiding home down-in-class 1-2 favourite MARK OF A PRINCE in the sixth and STORM PRINCESS at 2-1 in the ninth, making all aboard both at five and a half and five furlongs round, respectively.

Simpson closed the card with 2-1 chance BIMINI, who led off the turn and held off late-closing RAS EMANUEL, who was afterwards disqualified for crossing BIRDIE MY LOVE a furlong and a half out.

Racing resumes Wednesday, the first midweek meet of the season.