Finance Tycoon for Lindsay Park to tackle The Showdown at Caulfield on Saturday

Tom Dabernig is eyeing off three potential training bases as he splits from Lindsay Park – but first things first and he is eyeing off a win in Saturday‘s $950,000 The Showdown with highly-rated two-year-old colt Finance Tycoon.

It was announced last month the training partnership between Dabernig and Ben Hayes would end and Dabernig would establish his own stable in the new racing season.

Those plans have now firmed up to some extent.

“I’ve been talking with Mornington, Geelong and Warrnambool as they are the three places you can access the beach,” Dabernig said.

“I won’t be ready to go on August 1, it will probably be later in the year and there will be a little bit of a gap between finishing and starting.

“I will be starting with stabling for about 40 horses, this year I haven’t got any yearlings that will be turning two so will be starting with older horses and tried horses – and from January I will be going to yearling sales and building the stable that way.”

Dabernig wants to exit the famous Lindsay Park operation on a high and thinks Finance Tycoon, last seen when running a brave fourth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes, can give Saturday’s The Showdown (1200m) at Caulfield a mighty shake.

There is a simple reason why Finance Tycoon hasn’t been sighted since the Blue Diamond and didn’t race in the Golden Slipper.

“What happened is after the Diamond, he pulled up with a bit of inflammation in his throat – basically like a human sore throat,” Dabernig said.

“His throat was functioning perfectly but he had a bit of a cough and an inflamed airway.

“We could have got him to the Slipper but it was going to be a bit of a push to get him there.

“He had a busy time so we thought with The Showdown worth big bucks was a perfect race for him and it just gave us a little bit of time to give the horse an easy few weeks after the Diamond.

“He has bounced back well and his work has been terrific heading into Saturday.

“He has got a good profile for this race but every year in this race there is three or four horses that have handy form and then the race drops away a little bit.”

Finance Tycoon wins at the Gold Coast on Saturday. Credit: Grant Peters, Trackside PhotographySource:Supplied

Dabernig said Tramontana, a son of Toronado who has been runner-up at his starts at Pakenham and Sale, would also contest The Showdown.

“He has definitely improved since his last run, he is a big-actioned green sort of horse who hasn’t put it all together yet,” Dabernig said.

“We thought with the money this race is worth and the timing of it, it was worth aiming him at it.”

John Sadler’s unbeaten colt Starry Legend is set to be the headline act of The Showdown after winning both his starts in eye-catching fashion.

Originally published asThe Showdown: Dabernig says Tycoon can cash in

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