Poetic Effort from Dylan Thomas in Irish Derby
Updated: Monday, July 3, 2006 4:53 PM
Posted: Sunday, July 2, 2006 1:05 PM
Jockey Kieren Fallon won his second straight Budweiser Irish Derby, riding 9-2 favorite Dylan Thomas to a 3 1/2 -length victory at the Curragh Sunday.
The 3-year-old colt broke away in the final furlong to beat Derby Italiano (Ity-I) winner Gentlewave, ridden by Johnny Murtagh. Best Alibi was third at 9-1 with Michael Kinane aboard. Prix du Jockey-Club (Fr-I) winner, Darsi, could do no better than fifth.
For trainer Aiden O'Brien, it was his fourth victory in the Irish classic, following wins by Desert King, Galileo, and High Chaparral.
"He was very impressive and has got a lot of natural speed," O'Brien said of Dylan Thomas. "Where he runs now will depend on Hurricane Run and where he goes, but we'll seriously consider running him in the Irish Champion Stakes ([Ire-I] at Leopardstown on September 9).
Fallon also won the 12-furlong race in 2005 with Hurricane Run. That colt, like Dylan Thomas, is owned by the Magnier-Tabor partnership.
Murtagh said the fast early pace undid Gentlewave.
"He's still immature but is a lovely horse with a big future," he said.
Dylan Thomas is a bay colt by Danehill out of Lagrion, by Diesis. He is a half-brother to English champion 2-year-old filly, Queen's Logic.
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