Benz chas­ing riches at the Val­ley

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By CRAIG BREN­NAN

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.”

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