Tokyo Tycoon is set to contest the 2016 Manfred Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday and trainer Henry Dwyer has revealed that this will be the colt’s last chance to avoid the ultimate gear change.
Tokyo Tycoon made his racing debut in the Medical Edge Maiden Plate (1100m) at Ballarat on May 31, but he hurt his knee after the race and required arthroscopic surgery to remove a small bone fragment.
The Written Tycoon colt was well supported before he made his return to racing in the Alliance Broking Golden Carat (1200m) at Moonee Valley on January 2, but he could finish no better than seventh and he raced very greenly when he finished fourth behind Hellbent, Mossin’ Around and Geoff in the Inglis Dash (1100m) at Flemington on January 16.
Dwyer believes that Tokyo Tycoon is a horse with plenty of ability, but he admits that the three-year-old needs to put it together in the 2016 Manfred Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday to avoid a gelding operation.
“I think that he is a horse with considerable ability, but he really hasn’t shown it yet,” Dwyer told Racing Ahead.
“After his first start in a race at Ballarat he hit his knee and he didn’t have a lot of issues from that, but because he had such a long break between runs he has taken a little bit longer than I hoped to get fit.
“He knocked up first-up and he wasn’t happy with where he was between runners and at Flemington I think he was looking for a rail and a corner because he had never been down a straight track.
“The effort was ok, but he needs to do things right on Saturday and this is his last chance to prove to us that he is worthy of keeping going as a colt before we pull the pin and geld him.”
Tokyo Tycoon is currently available at 2016 Manfred Stakes odds of $41 with Ladbrokes and along with Patch Adams ($71) he is the extreme outsider of the field.
Team Freedman-trained Golden Spin ($4.40) is currently on top of Manfred Stakes betting from, last start winner Palentino ($4.80), the undefeated Vostok ($5.50), the highly-rated Ready For Victory ($8), Mike Moroney-trained Tulsa ($10), the inconsistent Prince Of Brooklyn ($11), Pin And Win Stakes winner Bon Aurum ($13) and the talented Top Me Up ($14).