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After a tense 20-minute stewards’ inquiry into the result of the Oct. 7 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I) at Longchamp in France, the order of finish stood and Dylan Thomas officially won the 10th race of his 18-start career and sixth at the group I level.
Dylan Thomas, ridden by Kieren Fallon for trainer Aidan O’Brien, bravely stuck his neck out to hold off Youzmain by a head, despite racing on ground he dislikes. The Ballydoyle team made sure this was true test for Dylan Thomas, with Song of Hiawatha and Yellowstone ensuring it was a real race from the start.
Dylan Thomas (Danehill--Lagrion, by Diesis) settled in mid-pack, about sixth or seventh, and came with his run to lead about three furlongs out. It was then that he drifted to the right, and by the time he reached the two-furlong pole, he was on the inside rail, having begun his run on the outside.
During that swerve, Dylan Thomas crossed Zambezi Sun--who in turn hampered Sagara--and stablemate Soldier of Fortune. But along the rail, Dylan Thomas stuck his neck out and battled his heart out to deny the late thrust of Youmzain by a head. Sagara finished a half-length back in third.
The time for the 1 1/2 miles on the turf was 2:28.50.
Dylan Thomas, owned by Mrs. John Magnier and bred in Ireland by Tower Bloodstock, has won group I stakes in France, Ireland, and Great Britain this year. It remains to be seen if the 4-year-old colt will stay in training for a 2008 campaign.
O’Brien told BBC Sport Dylan Thomas could be pointed to the 1 1/2-mile John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park in New Jersey should the colt come out of the Arc in good order.
Favored Authorized, winner of the Epsom Derby (Eng-I), finished 10th. He dropped back to last from his outside post and appeared to be making a bit of headway five furlongs out, but was soon under pressure and treaded water for the final three furlongs. Jockey Frankie Dettori said the horse was beaten about five furlongs out.
Youmzain had been held up in rear by jockey Richard Hughes and had only three foes behind him turning for home. The Mick Channon-trained colt made relentless progress to the line to record a personal-best performance. Sagara, who also came from well off the pace, is a 3-year-old with only a maiden victory to his credit, so much is expected of him.
German-bred Getaway was an excellent fourth, but Mandesh (seventh) and Zambezi Sun (eighth) disappointed, though Zambezi Sun was not helped by the stretch run.