Dylan Thomas G3 winner heading Down Under
Pether's Moon (4c Dylan Thomas-Softly Tread, by Tirol) gained an overdue first win of the season in the G3 Coutts Glorious Stakes at Goodwood on Friday and will now be aimed at some lofty international targets.
The son of Dylan Thomas, who has three Group placings to his name this year, is to be aimed at the G1 Caulfield Cup in Australia after seeing off the 2012 St Leger winner Encke by a length and a quarter, despite not looking entirely at home on the downhill run into the straight.
"He didn't seem to come down the hill that well," said trainer Richard Hannon, "And I wasn't that happy watching it. Hughsie (jockey Richard Hughes) had to get after him and it looked like he was beaten but then he came on the bridle. But the horse deserved that, it was nothing more than his due and, without sounding arrogant, he's better than he looked there. We like him a lot and he's very much one we'd like to keep as he's still growing into his frame.
"He ran very well at Ascot and Newmarket, all the big meetings, and he deserved this. There are plenty of options for him abroad and the Caulfield Cup is one we're considering. This is a fine horse and he's got the constitution for that sort of venture."
Rider Richard Hughes felt the son of Dylan Thomas had the potential for a wider-margin win after four placed efforts that included a close third to Thursday's Goodwood Cup winner Cavalryman at Newmarket last month.
"He wasn't that happy downhill, but we got away with it," the jockey said. "But it wasn't just the track. He went by them so easy and then started looking around, waited for them.
"I haven't enjoyed being beaten on him this season and he deserves to win a race as he has hit the goalpost a few times.”
Pether’s Moon was bred by Michael Daly and bought for 52,000 euros as a yearling at Tattersalls Ireland by Peter and Ross Doyle