Real deal: Jockey James Innes Jr and Mr Steal return after winning at Canterbury earlier this year. They team up again on Saturday at Rosehill. Photo: bradleyphotos苏州夜总会招聘.auWizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing
New Zealand owner Scott Richardson has a simple philosophy when it comes to owning horses, and $200 purchase Mr Steal is the ultimate example of what happens when it goes right.
The winner of five races and more than $170,000 could be delivering the best percentage return on investment in the country.
“There is nothing more expensive than a slow horse, when you get them you just have to move them on,” Richardson said. “You need them to be winning and giving you something back.
“That’s when it is fun.”
Mr Steal is a fun horse in that case but Richardson just had to be patient. He was offered the horse for $200, when it was on his farm after a syndicate broke up.
“The bloke offered him to me for $200, and I just said yes,” Richardson said. “I knew there was nothing wrong with the horse. He just needed a bit of time according to my farm manager.
“That was $200 New Zealand and I got $30 back from the GST.
“I thought he was up to , so I sent him to Bjorn [Baker] and he has done the rest.
“The prizemoney there is unbelievable and you can see that from what he has earned.”
Richardson sings the praises of Baker and his father Murray, who trains Highlad for him, which finished down the track in the Victoria Derby.
“They are just straight with me when a horse has to be moved on and we have had a bit of luck together,” Richardson said. “You couldn’t find a couple of better trainers or people.
“Bjorn had Burbero for me and I used to call him my cash machine, but then he unfortunately broke a leg. After that I thought ‘what do I do now’? Then Mr Steal come along and started winning.
“Bjorn told me he just needed to get over a trip and once he did he won a few. He needs it wet to be at his best, so I hope it’s raining over there, but he gets to 2400 metres, which is a good trip for him.”
Richardson will watch from New Zealand because of health problems and is hopeful, though Baker is realistic about the chances of $26 outsider Mr Steal at Rosehill.
“He is a stayer that gets to a trip that suits but he has run into a handy race,” Baker said. “You know one thing with him, he will run the trip right out. We would like a bit of rain to help him.”
Mr Steal is joined by Herne’s Oak in the staying contest and is part of a group of eight runners for Baker on the Rosehill card. He is hoping to get back in the winner’s circle.
“It has been a bit of a lean run, I would like a winner, I need a winner,” Baker said. “We go there with a few chances and hopefully I can start the day on the right foot with Cadogan.
“We are hoping to get him to the Magic Millions but it is getting to the stage where he has to show us something.
“We have put the blinkers on him and he has worked well in them and I think he can run a good race.
“Horses like Roeinda and Bonny O’Reilly didn’t have the best of luck at their last start and they will be competitive in their race.”
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