Ultra-consistent Pether’s Moon (5h Dylan Thomas-Softly Tread, by Tirol) claimed a well-deserved first top-grade success at Epsom on Saturday when landing the G1 Coronation Cup for trainer Richard Hannon.
The Dylan Thomas five-year-old had been placed on 16 of his 20 previous starts and was produced by jockey Pat Dobbs with perfectly-timed run to beat Dolniya to land the famous 12-furlong contest in the colours of John Manley.
“John has always wanted a good horse, they are very hard to find and that’s why people have offered so much money for him,” said Hannon. “Pether’s Moon has always been a lovely horse. He’s been round the circuit a little bit and it’s great for Peter and Ross Doyle)who bought the horse at Fairyhouse for 52,000 euros.
“He deserves it. He pulls up a bit in front but he’s a horse with loads of ability. I can’t explain his last run (when third in the G2 Jockey Club Stakes) which was moderate but we’ve taken our time with him since then and it’s paid off. I’m not sure where we’ll go but we’ll find something nice for him now.”
It was the biggest career success for Dobbs, who was full of praise for his mount, bred in Ireland by Michael Daly.
“He was very good there – he has loads of speed, but he just pulls himself up when he gets to the front, so even though I got to the lead I had to keep him going in the last 50 yards. He’s very honest and relaxed, and I just wanted cover for as long as possible,” said Dobbs.
“He’s run some good races, and he goes on any ground, but I wasn’t sure he would handle the track. When you have a horse that is going forward they make room for themselves and can get out of places – it’s the bad ones that you can’t get a run on.”