Dylan Thomas Dominates in Prix Ganay

Dylan Thomas captured his third group I victory with an easy win in the Prix Ganay (Fr-I) at Longchamp on Sunday.

The 4-year-old son of Danehill was making his second start of the season following an earlier victory in the Ascon Rohcon Alleged Stakes at The Curragh two weeks ago.

With regular rider Kieren Fallon serving a suspension, trainer Aidan O’Brien called on perennial French leading rider Christophe Soumillon to take the reins.  The horse and jockey fit each other perfectly, with Soumillon keeping the bay colt settled in third for much of the about 1 1/4-mile contest.   

Dylan Thomas was traveling easily throughout the race; when the field swung for home, the pair had to wait a moment for an opening to appear between Irish Wells and Sign of the Wolf.  When it did, Dylan Thomas shot through on his way to an impressive two length win.

Irish Wells held on for second, three-quarters of a length in front of Doctor Dino. The time for the extended ten furlongs was 2:07.9 over a course rated as good.

Dylan Thomas is out of Lagrion, by Diesis.  In 2006, Dylan Thomas won the Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I) and the Baileys Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) on his way to being named champion 3-year-old colt in Ireland.  He is owned by Susan Magnier and Michael Tabor.