Australian Stakes-Winner for Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas conformation

Irish bred stayer Tom Melbourne (5g Dylan Thomas x Roshanak, by Spinning World) claimed his first Black Type success when bolting away for an easy win in the Listed Albury Gold Cup on Friday.

The Lee and Anthony Freedman-trained import made a one-act affair of the 2000 metre staying test to post his fifth win from just seven starts.

Ridden by Glen Boss, Tom Melbourne scored by three and a half lengths in a dominant display and has more Cups to conquer as co-trainer Lee Freedman will now aim at qualifying him for the 2016 Caulfield Cup.

“I don’t think the horse handled the track at all – he just had classes above them,” Freedman said.

“I thought he’d destroy them on a dry track, I just didn’t know on the wet. The way he rolled back towards the rail and lost his action, I don’t think he handled it at all.

“He’s pretty good, you didn’t see the real horse today, he’s a much better horse on a dry track.”

The winner of the Mornington Cup on April 2 gains automatic entry to the Caulfield Cup and that is where Freedman will head next.

“We’ll go to Mornington and try and qualify him for the Caulfield Cup,” Freedman said.

“It’s a silly thing and probably shouldn’t be there but I’m going to exploit it if I can.”

The 22nd stakes-winner for Dylan Thomas, Tom Melbourne is from a half-sister to Group I VRC Melbourne Cup and Australian Cup winner Fiorente.

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