HK Sprint Success for Dylan Thomas
Australian bred sprinters Not Listenin’tome (5g Dylan Thomas x Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago) and Strathmore (4g Fastnet Rock x Our Egyptian Raine, by Desert Sun) filled the quinella in the Bauihinia Sprint Trophy HK GR 3 at Sha Tin on New Year's Day. A last start third in the Group I LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint less than three weeks ago, the John Moore trained Not Listenin’tome defied his top weight of 60.5 kg to score a length win over the lightly weighted Strathmore in the 1000 metre handicap sprint. “Obviously he had a lot of weight to carry, so it was a good, tough effort,” said jockey Zac Purton after his mount completed the 1000m in 56.28s. “He did everything right and rolled into it at the right time and I hoped that he had a heart big enough to be able to carry it, and that was the case.” Breaking from gate four in a ten-horse field, Not Listenin’tome settled in mid-pack behind the anticipated two early frontrunners, Amber Sky and Rad. With 400m to run, Purton asked the son of Dylan Thomas to go and the five year-old responded to score a game win. “I just kept him happy, kept him in his rhythm,” Purton added, “and he did the rest for me.” “He’s really a straight course specialist,” said trainer John Moore, who earned his fourth Bauhinia Sprint Trophy with the victory. “He is in the pinnacle of his career and is the perfect gentleman, you couldn’t ask to train a nicer horse.” Friday’s victory was the third in Hong Kong for Not Listenin’tome, who was a Group I placed stakes-winner back in Australia. Moore identified the HKG1 Centenary Sprint Cup over 1200m on 31 January as Not Listenin’tome’s likely next start, and a possible trip overseas looms after that. “A target would be the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai, definitely. We will be putting an entry in shortly,” he said. The most expensive yearling sold in Australia in 2012 by Dylan Thomas, Not Listenin’tome was a $270,000 Inglis Easter purchase for George Moore Bloodstock and has been very consistent with six wins and seven placings from 19 starts. Not Listenin’tome is the best of two winners from stakes-winning Encosta de Lago mare Flame of Sydney, who was a very speedy juvenile from the family of Group winners Only Words, What Can I Say and Darci Be Good.