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HAYES & DABERNIG HOPING TO SPOIL MM CLASSIC PARTY WITH LATE ENTRY

Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig will see Finance Tycoon tackle the Magic Millions 2 Year Old Classic after the bay colt took out the Aquis Golden Nugget on Saturday and secured a late birth in the race

For Ben Hayes it gives him the opportunity to try and achieve what his father didn’t in 30 years of trying with the race despite having numerous placings over the years. 

Ben Hayes, having now moved into a full time training partnership with his cousin Tom Dabernig after dad David moved to Hong Kong, saddled up Madeenaty with his father in 2017 finishing 4th.

For David Hayes he’s bowled over after over at the Magic Millions Classic with little luck having a number of seconds and 7 placings in the race over all. The late Peter Hayes took out the race in 1998 with Catnipped. 

Finance Tycoon like all entrants to the race was bought at the Magic Millions yearling sales last year for $150,000 from Eureka Stud. 

“It was a very good job by the horse. He never really went out of work. He’s been in work since the spring carnival and he’s just kept ticking over,” Ben Hayes said.

“I thought it was a great ride by Luke (Nolen). He jumped well and put himself in a good position and it just looked to me that he stargazed a bit and didn’t quite know how to put them away, but he got there on the line, which is what counts.

“Today he was only 80 per cent fit. We didn’t have him wound up to win, because he’s already qualified for the Magic Millions. If he pulls up well, I think he’s a great chance. I’m really looking forward to it and it’s a big thrill.

“If you look at him in the mounting yard he looks like a three-year-old. He’s got a big hip and he just looks like he’s going to improve.

“He’s kept stepping up to the mark for us, he’s very exciting and I think he’s a really genuine chance.”

Finance Tycoon is currently a $9 shot to win the $2m race at the Gold Coast on the 16th with Chris Waller runner and long term favourite for the race She’s All Class leading the market at $4.40.

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