The widely traveled three-year-old finance mogul returned to winning form with an aggregate win at Caulfield.
Having his third start for the Danny O’Brien stable after beginning his career with Lindsay Park, Finance Tycoon led throughout to claim the Group 3 Zeditave Piles (1200m) Saturday.
It was a smart ride from Damien Lane on Finance Tycoon allowing the three-year-old to ride at his own pace in front.
When stuck in the straight, Finance Tycoon ($6) responded to Lane’s riding to score a three-quarter-length victory over the $1.90 generation favorite with Chartres ($26) at a length and a half third.
Finance Tycoon needed throat surgery after his first start for his new stable and O’Brien said the small field on Saturday allowed Finance Tycoon to take the lead and control the race.
“We played to our strengths today,” O’Brien said.
“Once he started we had this tactic of trying to break them through the forehead. He ran those cuts really smooth and made it hard for them to get on his back.
“He had the right to shorten late, but I thought he was really good.”
O’Brien said he had to be careful with his placement of Finance Tycoon and that due to the wind operation he is unsure if the colt will go further than Saturday’s 1200m.
He said the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington March 12 would be a race the team could consider.
“He’s a horse that’s had wind surgery before, so you always have to be careful of that,” O’Brien said.
“We found something that he does very well, as a two-year-old in The confrontationand still today, 1200 meters of pace.
“He’ll only take 50 kilos at Newmarket so get him back down the straight, he’s already won on the straight so maybe we’ll see what he can do there.”