RICHARD Azan's MONEY MAGNET not only has the distinction of being out-of-class for this afternoon's six and a half furlong Saint Cecelia Cup, she is technically racing against rivals two classes lower. Of her nine rivals, only one, out-of-form POKER STAR, has ever won an open allowance event.
A graded stakes winner in February of this year, MONEY MAGNET has not been worse than fourth in six races since and has only been beaten by three horses in her last three races - SHE'S A MANEATER, CHACE THE GREAT, and SIEMPRE BUENO.
However, she has been handed a drop in class to open allowance, benefiting from the eight-month get-out-of-jail condition, which BIGDADDYKOOL similarly used to plunder the Nigel B. Nunes Memorial open allowance two Wednesdays ago.
Though she has not won a grade one race in eight months, MONEY MAGNET belongs in the top class and will put away this afternoon's field regardless of her carrying 126lb.
However, the pair worthy of giving her a run for her money - WITHOUT EXCEPTION and SARAH LEE - are too close in the weight to make up for the lack of class, sitting five and eight pounds, respectively, off the grade-one winning filly.
Having not beaten those horses and the likes of WILL IN CHARGE, SHE'S A MANEATER, CHACE THE GREAT, and SIEMPRE BUENO since landing the grade one Eileen Cliggott Memorial in February is absolutely no excuse for MONEY MAGNET to be racing against the likes of SECRET TRAVELLER and KILLER BEE.
The last time MONEY MAGNET saw open allowance company, she carried 121lb, overcame interference in the stretch run, and went on to win her follow-up race, two weeks later, beating CHACE THE GREAT in the Eileen Cliggott.