Benz chasing riches at the Valley
ADELAIDE trainer Gordon Richards has headed to Melbourne in search of a bigger prize money pool for his six-time winner Benz.
The son of Bushranger linesup in the Dominant Handicap (1200m) at Moonee Valley tomorrow chasing a first prize of $55,000 plus $30,000 in Super VOBIS bonus money.
“We could have run in Adelaide last Saturday against the older horses in a $50,000 race,” Richards said.
“It’s not bad money but in Melbourne it’s twice as much, there’s bonus money and he’s running against three-year-olds.
“But to offset that got a fair bit of weight.”
Benz is no stranger to success at Moonee Valley.
Last September he carried 55kg to win over Saturday’s journey defeating Ken’s Dream, an opponent on Saturday.
Benz rises to 58.5kg following the claim for in-form apprentice Jordan Childs but concerning for Richards is the weight he will be conceding to horses on the minimum handicap from a wide draw.
Benz won the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes first-up in February before a freshen-up leading into the Adelaide carnival.
Richards said a gallop at Morphettville on Tuesday morning suggests Benz is in for a good showing.
“I don’t have many fears going into the race,” Richards said.
“And importantly he’s travelled well before.”