An ex-Irish stayer most recently prepared in Hong Kong, Dibayani is set to join the Victorian stables of David Hayes & Tom Dabernig who are mostly likely to save him for a spring campaign down under this year.
The now five-year-old Shamardal stallion started his career in Ireland with Michael Halford where he won the Listed King George V Cup (2212m) at Leopardstown in 2013.
In that he defeated the now Mick Price-trained Count Of Limondade, winner of the Moe Cup last October, before being sent to Hong Kong to be prepared by Michael C. W. Chang.
With Chang Dabernig was sent into Group 1 company just two runs in when third to Able Friend, who could also be bound for Australia to target the 2015 Doncaster Mile this autumn, in the Hong Kong Mile (1600m).
From there he ran third to Designs On Rome in the 2014 Hong Kong Derby over 2000m, finished fifth in the Group 1 The Audemars Piguet QEII Cup over the same track and distance behind the same horse in a race that also included subsequent Japan Cup champ Epiphaneia, and then finished runner-up to Blazing Speed in the Group 1 Champions & Chater Cup (2400m) on May 25.
Following a five month spell the galloper returned on October 26 but failed to beat home a single runner, walking in over 46 lengths off the star winner Military Attack over the Sha Tin mile in the Group 2 Sha Tin Trophy only to bleed from both nostrils.
Now he will train and race in his third country for his third stable with Hayes & Dabernig excited to have the proven middle-distance runner on board.
There’s a chance Dibayani, currently undergoing his quarantine requirements overseas, will make an autumn debut down under but at this stage it is looking more likely he will be saved for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
“He’s not here yet, but he is coming,” Hayes told TVN on Monday.
“If he gets back to his Able Friend and Designs On Rome form, well …. he’s got great formlines and he’s a really good pick-up.
“I’m looking forward to getting him. I think a country environment will help him.”
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