The Stefano Botti-trained Final Score (Dylan Thomas-Holy Moon, by Hernando) continued an outstanding day for her sire Dylan Thomas when winning the G2 Oaks d’Italia in Milan on Sunday.
The Stefano Botti-trained filly, a sibling to 2012 and 2013 Italian Oaks heroines Cherry Collect and Charity Line, was sent off favourite to continue her family’s outstanding record in the Classic following a five-length victory in the Premio Zandetti on her previous start. She did not disappoint her backers when seeing off her 11 rivals in good style to claim Oaks glory.
Dylan Thomas also sired last weekend’s G2 Italian Derby winner Dylan Mouth (3c Dylan Thomas-Cottonmouth, by Noverre), trained like Final Score by Botti for Felice Villa, who became the first owner to win both Classics in the same year since 1968.
“This win was very emotional – at the last 400-metre pole Final Score looked in trouble, but she had class and fighting spirit. A third Oaks win is fantastic – I couldn’t be more happy – and I’ve won the two races in seven days,” Felice told EBN.
Jockey Fabrio Branca felt that Final Score was value for more than her half-length margin of victory.
“This is the first time she has had to battle and she needed 100 metres to find the right stride. Final Score won more easily than the margin suggests; I had something left and a step up in trip is welcomed,” said Branca.
Meanwhile Botti now plans to take both Final Score and Dylan Mouth outside Italy their talents.
“Final Score is a very good filly and has room for improvement,” said Botti. “That was just her third start and she did nothing wrong. If everything goes well after the race, she will have a tilt at the G2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot and Dylan Mouth could join her on the trip, with the G2 King Edward VII Stakes as the likely target.”
Earlier on Sunday, Dylan Thomas had tasted big-race success in Hong Kong when Blazing Speed (5g Dylan Thomas-Leukippids, by Sadler’s Wells) won the HKG1 Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup at Sha Tin.