Six-time G1 winner and European Champion Dylan Thomas has made an encouraging start with his first southern hemisphere runners and he enjoyed more success on Tuesday afternoon when the Mick Price trained Zahee scored stylishly on his second start at Traralgon.
Zahee, who is owned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, is the fourth winner from the first Australian crop of his sire. Sent off a short-priced favourite on the back of an encouraging runner-up effort on debut back in February, Zahee waltzed to a comfortable near two length victory in the 1100m contest, despite finding the conditions far from ideal.
Luke Wilkinson, Bloodstock Manager for the Mick Price stable, said that Zahee is a colt that has always been held in high regard; ‘He’s a lovely horse. He trialled well leading into this and while (jockey) Noel Callow said he didn’t handle the heavy track, he still had enough ability to put the race away quickly when asked. We have a really good opinion of him’.
Zahee is one of a number of promising performers from the limited number of Dylan Thomas’s to have appeared on track to date. Others of note include stakes winning filly Dylan’s Promise and the useful looking Chris Waller trainee Fern Hill. The Peter Moody trained Aeronwy, European bred, is another to have shaped with great promise, particularly when winning impressively at Flemington recently.
Dylan Thomas’s first three year olds have made a good impression in Europe in 2012, with leading performers including the ill-fated G1 colt Furner’s Green, as well as the likes of dual stakes winning filly Tannery, and group performers Tower Rock, Devotion, Athens and Nymphea. Dylan Thomas was an exceptional horse in his own right at three and four, winning six G1’s including the Prix de l’Arc-G1, King George-G1, Irish Champion Stakes-G1 (twice), Prix Ganay-G1 and the Irish Derby-G1 and is amongst the greatest ever progeny of the mighty Danehill.
Dylan Thomas will stand the 2012 season at Coolmore Australia at the value fee of $13,750 (incl. GST)