David Hayes couldn’t win the Magic Millions but his son and nephew could well land the ‘big fish’ next week

BEN Hayes could do next Saturday what his father David has been trying to do for the past 30 years if Finance Tycoon can win the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

The Maribyrnong Plate winner went around “80 per cent” fit yesterday when nailing Breeders’ Plate winner Shaquero in the last few bounds.

Ben Hayes, together with his father David and cousin Tom Dabernig, prepared Madeenaty to run third in the 2YO Classic four years ago.

Incredibly, it was the seventh placing in the race for David, following seconds with Mahaasin (1990 fillies division), Zodiac Miss (1992), St. Covet (1994), Churchill Downs (2006), Husson Lightning (2007) and another third with Dangerous Seam in the 1991 fillies division.

The late Peter Hayes won the race for Lindsay Park in 1998 with Catnipped.

Now Ben Hayes can join his uncle on the honour roll when he and Dabernig saddle Finance Tycoon next week.

Finance Tycoon was a $150,000 purchase from the Eureka Stud draft at last year’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

“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.”

Nolen sat down to a tremendous dual with Glen Boss (Shaquero) over the last 200m and was impressed with Finance Tycoon’s tenacity.

“He’s a really nice horse and he’s got a fair bit of improvement to come too,” Nolen said.

Originally published asBen Hayes out to deliver something special

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