Dylan Filly Impresses at Flemington

Promising filly Aeronwy (3f Dylan Thomas x La Pepite, by Mr Prospector) was an impressive winner at Flemington on Saturday. An Irish bred three year-old filly from the first Northern Hemisphere crop of foals by champion racehorse Dylan Thomas, Aeronwy is prepared by Peter Moody. She beat older rivals to win the Benchmark 89 event over 2000 metres by half a length, her overall record now three wins and two placings from five starts with $64,550 in prizemoney. Running in the colours of Stuart Ramsey, the blue-blooded filly is also part owned by Michael Kirwan and Tony Vereker, who were no doubt attracted to her fabulous pedigree. Aeronwy was purchased by Irish bloodstock agent Dermot Farrington for 85,000 guineas at the 2009 Tattersalls December Foal Sale and sent to Australia in May, 2010. Aeronwy is a half-sister to stakes-winner Soldera and is one of seven winners from the Mr Prospector mare La Pepite, a daughter of super producer Fanfreluche, whose descendants have given us two of our champion sires in Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur. Being bred to Northern Hemisphere time (she was foaled on April 8, 2009) means Aeronwy has to give quite a bit of start to her rivals when competing against her own age, but as we saw with Makybe Diva, this means nothing as time wears on. The oldest Australian bred progeny by Dylan Thomas are two year-olds this season, so Aeronwy is a rarity in this country. Already the sire of three stakes-winners worldwide, Dylan Thomas returns to Coolmore this spring at the bargain basement fee of $13,750.