Walker guides Blue Tycoon to Caulfield win

Two late-season city wins in Adelaide and Melbourne has put Blue Tycoon into contention for the spring carnival racing.

Blue Tycoon was well backed from $3.20 to $2.70 favourite for Saturday’s Phil Sly Memorial Plate (1100m) at Caulfield and didn’t let his supporters down as he raced to a three-quarters of a length win.

It was the gelding’s second win from three starts after scoring in Adelaide last month in his first run since a debut second at Morphettville in November.

“He’s only a plain little horse to look at, but he’s by Written Tycoon who can really throw winners,” co-trainer Tom Dabernig said.

Dabernig said Blue Tycoon, who was bought out of a paddock as a weanling, looked like a sprinter miler.

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“I think with the spring not too far away he could be contesting races in the spring,” he said.

Giving jockey Michael Walker his first city win since his return from a head injury, Blue Tycoon settled behind the leaders before peeling wide at the home turn.

He sprinted to the front at the 200m and was eased down late.

Preemptive ($21) ran on for second down the outside, a short neck ahead of Gimlet ($5).

Walker, who rode three winners at the provincials this week after making his return last Saturday, was reprimanded for shifting in on stablemate Bringaroo near the 800m.

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