Finance Tycoon coasted to a richly-deserved win on Saturday, taking out the $1 million Showdown at Caulfield.
Defying a wide gate, to lob outside pacemaker Starry Legend, the exciting son of Written Tycoon throttled his opposition in the banner event of the Victorian Owners and Breeders Race Day.
Finance Tycoon, a $150,000 Magic Millions yearling purchase, has been a revelation for Hong Kong-based connections, winning three of six starts and running fourth in the Blue Diamond.
Trainer Ben Hayes was thrilled with the performance.
“I think he put up his Blue Diamond run there,“ Hayes said.
“He was so strong to the line and 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 a pleasure and he’s done a really good job because 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. Huge thrill.”
Finance Tycoon streaks away with The Showdown. Photo: Vince Caligiuri/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Literary Magnate savaged the line to grab second from Scissor Step.
Starry Legend stuck on gamely but ultimately the rise to 1200 metres after back-to-back 1000 metre wins proved too much for the explosive colt.
But nothing ever looked likely to trouble Finance Tycoon, who in a matter of bounds at the 200m mark put a space on the field.
“We told (jockey) Luke (Nolen) to be nice and positive,“ Hayes said.
“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.”
Nolen knew he had his rivals covered a long way out.
“I got the chance to amble into the race at my leisure and he took care of it,“ Nolen said.
“You like them to put the foot on the throat of a race when asked and he did that.
“We invoked the mercy rule late and let him coast home.”
Originally published asFinances in order for The Showdown Tycoon
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