Irish import Dibayani will be chasing his first win since joining the Lindsay Park Team when he lines up in the Group 2 $250,000 Inglis Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Dibayani has been placed six times from twelve starts for David, Ben and Tom Dabernig, two at Group 1 level including a nose second to Hauraki in the Group 1 $1m Epsom over the same course and distance as the Villiers Stakes during the Sydney Spring Carnival.
The Shamardal seven year old then finished down the track when ninth to Illustrious Lad in the Group 2 $300,000 tab Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 29 but co-trainer Tom Dabernig said that he has freshened up nicely and is ready to figure in the prizemoney again.
“He had a nice gallop the reverse way,” Dabernig told Racenet.
“He seems in really good order and often runs well off a bit of time between runs.
“We tried that fresh down the straight during the carnival which he still ran well in but I think he needs that little bit of extra ground.
“That form out of the Epsom has turned out really good.
“I would have to think he’s got a very good chance.”
Dibayani’s other Group 1 placing was a second to Chris Waller’s super mare Winx in the Group 1 $600,000 Precise Air Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick during the 2016 Sydney Autumn Carnival.
While Dibayani has failed to find the winner’s stall for the Lindsay Park Team, his Spring Carnival form was good in the lead up to the Epsom with a second to Sooboog in the Group 3 $150,000 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on August 6 followed by a third to Epsom winner Hauraki in the Group 2 $175,000 Tattersalls Club Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on September 3.
In early betting for the Villiers Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au Dibayani is listed at $11 with the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Fabrizio a clear favourite at $2.80.
Victorian galloper Hazzabeel is on the second line of betting at $8.50 just ahead the Queenslander Cylinder Beach at $10 and Chris Waller’s Amovatio also at $11.
Early market order for Villiers Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $2.80 Fabrizio, $8.50 Hazzabeel, $10 Cylinder Beach, $11 Amovatio, Dibayani, $14 High Midnight, $15 Sarrasin, Pajaro, Loyalty Man, Duca Valentinois, Hopfgarten, Moher, $19 Red Excitement, Big Memory, $21 Rudy, $26 Kenjorwood, $31 Man Of His Word, Malice, $41 Sense Of Occasion, $51 Centre Pivot, Berry Delicious, $101 Reiby The Red, $126 Foreign Prince.