Finance Tycoon a Class Above in the Showdown

Mark Smith - Saturday April 17

On the go since finishing second to General Beau in the Darley Spring Preview at Flemington back on September 23, the Written Tycoon colt Finance Tycoon put in a career best in the $1million Showdown (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

On his own at the finish (image Grant Courtney)

Trained by Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes, Finance Tycoon won the Group III Maribyrnong Plate at Caulfield on November 3 before embarking on  northern campaign that saw him defeat Shaquero at the Gold Coast before finishing sixth to that son of Shalaa (IRE) min the $2million Magic Millions 2yo Classic.

Five weeks later, Finance Tycoon lined up in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield where he finished fourth.

Heavily backed to start favourite in the Showdown, Finance Tycoon gave his supporters little concern with a dominant performance under Luke Nolen.

The filly Literary Magnate gave Written Tycoon the quinella when held to a safe four and a half lengths with the Toronado gelding Scissor Step a short-half-head back in third.

“I think he put up his Blue Diamond run there,” Ben Hayes said.  

“He was so strong to the line and he wasn’t stopping. I think he showed everyone today that he’s a real quality horse and a fantastic horse to have in the yard.

“He’s been in (work) since the spring and hasn’t really had a break. To keep a two-year-old up this long and to win that impressively is such a good effort by the team at home.

Finance Tycoon (image Grant Courtney)

"We’ve got the water walkers, day paddocks, pools. We find that we are able to keep horses fresh for a long time and we find we can have horses winning at their ninth or tenth runs.

“We told Luke to be nice and positive. He rode him beautifully and let him get into a good rhythm. There’s only one corner here at Caulfield and he travelled like a good horse a long way out. It was good to see.”

Finance Tycoon advances his record to three wins and a second from six starts with earnings of  $811,300. 

Bred by Boom Racing Thoroughbreds and Golden Gully Thoroughbreds, Finance Tycoon was a $150,000 Magic Millions purchase for McKeever Bloodstock from the Eureka Stud draft. He is the first winner for Darook Park, a winning half-sister by Darci Brahma to Group I placed Silk Pins and to the dam of Group II winner Gypsy Diamond.

Finance Tycoon a $150,000 Magic Millions yearling

Purchased by Boom Racing Thoroughbreds for $135,000 at the 2018 Inglis Great Southern Sale, Darook Park had a yearling colt by Spirit of Boom in the Eureka Stud draft at the Magic Millions where he failed to make his $150,000 reserve.

After producing a colt by Eureka Stud’s young Lonhro stallion Encryption, Darook Park was covered by Spirit Of Boom last spring.


Race Result - The Showdown 1200m

Caulfield Track: Good(3) Time: 1:08.91
Finance Tycoon
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: L Nolen 58
2c Written Tycoon (AUS) x Darook Park (AUS) (Darci Brahma (NZ))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Eureka Stud, Cambooya, Qld
B: McKeever Bloodstock
Literary Magnate
T: M J Williams J: D Yendall 56
2f Written Tycoon (AUS) x Family Crest (NZ) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $135,000
V:Tyreel Stud, Agnes Banks
B: MW Racing / Sheamus Mills Bloodstock (FBAA)
Scissor Step
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: Damian Lane 58
2g Toronado (IRE) x Watch Your Step (AUS) (Sepoy (AUS))
Starry Legend
T: J D Sadler J: M J Dee 58
2c Zoustar (AUS) x Savsenga (AUS) (Reset (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $500,000
V:Segenhoe Stud, Scone, NSW
B: John Sadler Racing
T: James Cummings J: Jamie Kah 56
2f Street Boss (USA) x Gloriette (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
T: A W Noonan J: J Noonan 58
2c Toronado (IRE) x Irish Rose (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $60,000
V:Lime Country Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Burradoo
B: Tony Noonan Racing
Matao Ma
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: C Newitt 58
2c Brazen Beau (AUS) x Fortune's Choice (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $220,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone, NSW
B: Mick Price Racing
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: D W Stackhouse 58
2c Toronado (IRE) x Subtle Breeze (USA) (Storm Cat (USA))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $200,000
V:Hallmark Stud
B: Lindsay Park Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock
Gulf Of Suez
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: John Allen 58
2g Fighting Sun (AUS) x Pan Jinlian (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
T: R Griffiths & M De Kock J: Ben Allen 58
2c Cable Bay (IRE) x Promenades (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $90,000
V:Gilgai Farm, Nagambie
B: Robbie Griffiths Racing & Peter Ford Thoroughbreds (FBAA)
T: James Cummings J: W Pike 56
2f Street Boss (USA) x Glissade (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Irish Mist
T: Nick Ryan J: L Currie 56
2f Manhattan Rain (AUS) x Cahira (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
King's Ransom
T: J P Salanitri J: D Moor 58
2g Reward For Effort (AUS) x Viva Dubai (AUS) (Dubai Destination (USA))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Showcase $155,000
V:Two Bays Farm, Flinders
B: Salanitri Racing
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