Mr Money Bag Delivers
Dec 26, 2018
Mr Money Bags is likely to reappear twice over Flemington's 1400-metre route this summer following his win in Saturday's $100,000 Yuletide Handicap (1400m).
Trainer Robbie Griffiths described Mr Money Bags as 'a fantastic horse' after his 1.75-length victory in the Benchmark 84 race.
"Jye McNeil rode a fantastic race but not a lot went his way - he was three wide without cover and four wide coming to the corner," Griffiths said.
"To go away and win like that, breaking 1:23 for 1400 metres (official time of 1:22.82), was a tremendous effort."
The four-year-old gelding by Written Tycoon has won three races from eight Flemington starts and Griffiths is keen to keep him at the venue.
Griffiths has identified a Benchmark 78 race (1400m) worth $135,000 at Flemington on New Year's Day followed by the $140,000 Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) on January 12.
"He is a Magic Millions horse so the trip to Queensland will be up for discussion," Griffiths said.
"But the Gold Coast can be a tricky track and the horse gets quite hot so I don't know how he'll travel."
Mr Money Bags has raced 17 times for five wins and four placings, with prizemoney beyond the $350,000 mark.
Congratulations to his owners MJ Burgess, PC Mcclymans, Brown Gecko Racing, AJ Brown, D Sudomirski, DW Spicer, Mrs PN Curran, Boxing On 2, DK Prouse, JD Brown, NTJ Tara, ML Rosenzweig, Coronet Racing, SN McCarty, JE McCarty, D Rosenzweig, RL Emery, JKS Kociolek, WB Lord.
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