He’s A Gold Digger returns to Cranbourne as he works his way through the grades

Four-year-old gelding He’s A Gold Digger was part of a special story long before he arrived at Lisa Enright’s Mornington stable.

Former jockey Malcolm Hill bought He’s A Gold Digger online back in 2019 before he embarked on a comeback to ride his purchase in a race in New Zealand.

Hill shed 32kg to ride He’s A Gold Digger at Tauherenikau in January last year. The sprinter provided Hill with his first win in 30 years.

That win was Hill’s last on the son of Deep Field.

He trained the horse to score at Wanganui last winter before sending He’s A Gold Digger to the Mornington stable of his long-time friend Lisa Enright.

“I get on well with Mal have done so for a very long time so it has worked out well,” Enright said.

“Malcolm lived here (in Australia) for about 12 or 15 years and he went home to be near his parents.

“He saw this fellow in an online auction, purchased him and away he went.”

He’s A Gold Digger made a winning debut for Enright at Cranbourne on April 9.

Lisa Enright trains He’s A Gold Digger for her long-time friend Malcolm Hill. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Enright toyed with the idea of running He’s A Gold Digger at Sandown on Saturday but went with an easier option at Cranbourne on Friday night.

But the trainer said a Sandown win or placing would upset her plans when placing the winner of three of 11 starts.

“I just didn’t want to miss a grade with him and wanted to keep picking up the stake money on the way through,” Enright said.

“He’s a 69-rater so if he happened to run well at Sandown, he’d miss (benchmark) 70 grade.

“You can always go up but it’s much harder to come back down.”

While He’s A Gold Digger will skip Sandown for Cranbourne, Enright will have a runner at Sandown when Liapari resumes in the Ladbrokes Bet Ticker Handicap (1400m).

Enright said Liapari loved heavy tracks so she was hoping to take the gelding to Queensland looking for wet tracks during the Brisbane Winter Carnival.

Originally published asSpecial horse digging for more Gold

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