G2 Italian Derby glory for Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas conformation

This year’s G2 Derby Italiano looked an ultra-competitive renewal, with 15 runners lining up on Sunday, but one starter proved much too good for the opposition – Dylan Thomas’s unbeaten son Dylan Mouth (3c Dylan Thomas-Cottonmouth, by Noverre).

Stefano Botti’s charge was co-favourite for the Classic having won the Listed Premio Emanuele Filiberto in facile fashion on his previous start and came home to score by a length and a half under Fabio Branca on Sunday.

The three-year-old, owned by Scuderia Effevi and bred by Azienda Agricola Mariano, has now won all five of his starts and looks an outstanding prospect. Botti is now considering venturing out of Italy with his stable star.

The trainer told EBN: “Everything went according to plan. Dylan Mouth is a strong colt, a perfect specimen of a racehorse. He had an easy trip and quickened well. I think he has room for improvement. We need to discuss his future; the G1 Gran Premio di Milano is an option but we can also have a look abroad.”

Branca, who had taken a break during the week to be fresh for Sunday, added that Dylan Mouth is the perfect mount for a jockey. “I had no doubts about choosing Dylan Mouth. He is a dream horse for a jockey. You just have to keep him out of trouble and push the button,” he said.

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