Mr Bags A Win
Jun 07, 2018
Wide on pace is never the ideal place to be but it does at least ensure smooth running and when a horse is better than his rivals it is best to stay out of trouble.
As was with the case with Mr Money Bags at Sandown who was impressive getting clear from the 300m after a tough run from a wide gate - holding on so gamely when challenged over the final stages by Aroah Te Mana.
Getting too far back off a slow start at his previous outing at the same track, the handsome chestnut had caught the eye finishing off strongly - the reason he was sent out favourite on Wednesday.
And he did not let his supporters down recording the third success of his ten start career, one which is yet to see him run a bad race though he has endured his share of bad luck.
"He has got good ability but he just can't draw a barrier!" said syndicate manager Darren Dance who was concerned during the running - "I must admit coming to the corner I thought geez he has done it tough."
"But when you look back through his wins that is how he races and when he gets to the front he does not like to be passed."
"He was very tough today, he has got guts this horse - you can't help but love him."
Jockey Jye McNeil is one of those who loves him, aboard for all but two of Mr Money Bags' runs.
"He has a big action so I was not overly concerned about where we were," he reported, "I just wanted to keep him balanced and happy."
"He covered ground but he was tough in the finish. He has been unlucky all preparation so it is great to get another win on him."
A son of one of Australia's hottest stallions Written Tycoon, Mr Money Bags is out of the city winning Dubai Destination mare Biggietupac who sadly passed away last spring.
That daughter of the stakes placed Success Express mare Hip Hop was a half-sister to the durable stakes winner Tramuntana, winner of ten races including the Listed Oakbank Stakes. This is also the family of black type performers Ishiabeel, Video Star, Handsome Seattle and La Belle Russe.