A bold front-running performance enabled Nymphea (Dylan Thomas – Neele, by Peintre Celebre) to become the first Group 1 winner for Coolmore Stud stallion Dylan Thomas in the Preis von Berlin (2400m) at Hoppegarten in Germany.
Dylan Thomas won six Group 1 races, including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) in 2007, during his brilliant career before taking up stud duties.
The sire had produced three Group 1 placegetters before Nymphea stepped out in the Preis von Berlin.
Amateur jockey Dennis Schiergen took the filly straight to the lead but was content to let her stride comfortably for the first 1000 metres before increasing the tempo at the halfway mark to open a 10-length lead by the time the field entered the straight.
Schiergen went for home at the 500 metres while her opposition finally began to chase but the filly had opened an insurmountable lead, which was cut to three lengths at the finish.
Temida (Oratorio) finished second while Meandre (Slickly), who was bidding for back-to-back victories in the race, was a further length and a half back in third.
Dylan Thomas has his oldest Australian-conceived offspring as three-year-olds and was represented on Saturday by the impressive Flemington winner It’s Poets Day (3 f La Rumba, by Centaine) who won the Isca Handicap over 1000m and on Sunday Milkwood (3 f Goodeve, by Pleasant Colony) won over 2200m at Sale.
Dylan Thomas returns to the Hunter Valley in 2013, his fee at Coolmore advertised at $13,750.
Smart colt Zahee (Dylan Thomas – Zaheeya, by Encosta De Lago) provided the first leg of a city double for Coolmore Stud stallion Dylan Thomas (Danehill – Lagrion, by Diesis) with his comfortable victory at Wednesday’s Melbourne Racing Club meeting at Mornington.
The talented three-year-old has graduated from a maiden win to a city victory in the space of four starts. The colt had little trouble in posting a three-length win for the Mick Price stable in the Centrebet Handicap (1500m).
Dylan Thomas won three Group 1 races over 2400 metres, giving Price the confidence Zahee could develop into a stayer of promise.
“He is by Dylan Thomas. He showed a good deal of stamina today so we might want to do something with him,” Price said.
“His mother was by Encosta De Lago and we had a really good opinion of her but she had an accident and couldn’t race. He has got a little pedigree there and we see today that he showed something under pressure and we’ll continue on from here.”
The Chris Waller stable produced Dylan Thomas’s second winner of the day just a short time later when Agon (Dylan Thomas – Stravinsky’s Image, by Stravinsky) won the Chamber of Commerce Handicap (1300m) at Wyong.
Ingham Racing paid $80,000 for Agon at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling sale. Agon had a half head to spare on Savabeel’s (Zabeel – Savannah Success, by Success Express) half-brother Shawano (Redoute’s Choice – Savannah Success, by Success Express).
Coolmore Stud stallion Dylan Thomas (Danehill – Lagrion, by Diesis) opened his account for the 2012/13 season with a winning double at Thursday’s Kilmore and Gosford meetings.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Agon (Dylan Thomas – Stravinsky’s Image, by Stravinsky) started the stallion’s double when the three-year-old filly posted a comfortable win in the Walker Brothers Timber Maiden Handicap (1200m). Agon is the first foal to race out of the multiple metropolitan winner Stravinsky’s Image (Stravinsky – Off Stage, by Theatrical).
Ingham Racing paid $80,000 for Agon at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
Caulfield trainer Mick price prepared Dylan Thomas’s second winner of the day when Zahee (Dylan Thomas – Zaheeya, by Encosta De Lago) disposed of two rivals in the KRC Fashion Pavilion 28/10 Handicap (1207m).
The Sheik Mohammad Bin Khalifa al Maktoum homebred scored a comfortable 2-3/4 length win on heavy ground.
Dylan Thomas’s double took the six-time Group 1 winner’s Australian winner tally to six.
The stallion will stand for $13,750 (inc GST) in the spring.
Coolmore shuttle-sire Dylan Thomas (Danehill) was represented by his third first-crop winner last Saturday ¬†at Tipperary in Ireland, ¬†when trainer Aidan O‚ÄôBrien unleashed Furner‚Äôs Green who won impressively.
Sent off a well backed favourite on the back of some promising homework, Furner‚Äôs Green was held up at the back of the 10 horse field in the early stages by jockey Joseph O‚ÄôBrien. ¬†Angled to the outside with a furlong to run, he quickened up smartly to win going away by a widening three lengths in the style of a horse destined for better things.
‚ÄúHe has been showing us plenty at home, but was a little green. He quickened up well and won very snugly at the end. Dylan Thomas could be a good stallion.‚Äù Aidan O’Brien observed.
The winner holds an entry in the G1 National Stakes at the beginning of September and last week O‚ÄôBrien produced well bred filly Devotion, another with a G1 entry, to take out a maiden at Leopardstown.
The first Australasian bred crop of Dylan Thomas are rising 2yos and, he is standing at Coolmore Australia this coming season at a fee of $19,800 (incl. GST)