MONEY BAGS EYES GOLD BE­FORE MIL­LIONS TILT

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - MATHEW TOOGOOD

IT would seem fit­ting for a horse named Mr Money Bags to chase some of the riches on of­fer at the up­com­ing Magic Mil­lions race day at the Gold Coast.

But whether the Rob­bie Grif­fiths-trained geld­ing finds his way north for a crack at the $1 mil­lion Magic Mil­lions Cup (1400m) on Jan­uary 12 will be de­ter­mined by his next cou­ple of starts in Vic­to­ria.

The first will be the VOBIS Gold Bul­lion to­day at Pakenham in which Grif­fiths be­lieves he has a gen­uine chance.

“He’s a Magic Mil­lions horse so the plans are to prob­a­bly go to a Flem­ing­ton race af­ter this race at Pakenham and then ei­ther to the Gold Coast or stay here and go to the Ch­ester Man­i­fold Stakes,” Grif­fiths said. “If the Gold Coast race looks too strong we’ll stay home and head to­wards the Ch­ester Man­i­fold at Flem­ing­ton where he has been so ef­fec­tive.”

The Listed Ch­ester Man­i­fold (1400m) is on the same day as the Magic Mil­lions.

Mr Money Bags is a four-time city win­ner from 15 starts with three of those vic­to­ries over 1400m, the dis­tance of the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Bul­lion.

“I think he’s go­ing great,” Grif­fiths said.

“I loved his run at Flem­ing­ton and then I think the race struc­ture was all in­cor­rect for him last start ... so that was a forgive run.

“He has drawn ter­ri­bly (to­day) and he’s poorly weighted un­der the set weights plus penal­ties con­di­tions for his rat­ing, but he’s still a gen­uine com­peti­tor who can run well in that event.”

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