G1 triumph for son of Dylan Thomas, next stop G1 Japan Cup

Italy’s outstanding three-year-old Dylan Mouth (3c Dylan Thomas-Cottonmouth, by Noverre) took the G1 Gran Premio del Jockey Club by four lengths in Milan on Sunday to being top-level success for Dylan Thomas. The Stefan Botti-trained and Scuderia Effevi-owned colt, who was bred by Azienda Agricola Mariano, remains unbeaten on home turf and became the first Italian Derby winner to win Italy’s big October G1 event since 1967. Connections are now considering a trip to the G1 Japan Cup. “The leader left us in front earlier than we expected. You need a very good three-year-old to hold on after being in front 800 metres from home on very testing ground, and Dylan Mouth is very good. He has a big heart and a lot of stamina,” winning jockey Fabio Branca told EBN. Trainer Stefano Botti added: “We are proud to get an invitation to a big race like the Japan Cup. Dylan Mouth is a colt who has improved a lot in the last couple of months and the 2400m at Tokyo should suit him perfectly. I will see how he comes out of the race before making a decision. Next year he will have an international programme; he has nothing left to prove here.” Fumitaka Tsuruoka, the Japan Racing Association representative in Paris, was at San Siro and added: “Dylan Mouth won like a good horse; I am really impressed with him. I think he could be competitive in the Japan Cup.”