Dylan Mouth set for Germany
Marco Botti is hoping he has found a good Group One opportunity for Dylan Mouth in the Longines – Grosser Preis Von Baden on Sunday.
Marco Botti hopes he has found a good race for Dylan Mouth
The five-year-old son of Dylan Thomas won a hatful of Group races for Botti's brother Stefano in Italy and got off the mark for the Newmarket-based trainer at Milan in May.
Well-beaten at Group One level at Saint-Cloud on his latest start, Dylan Mouth goes for a fourth win at the top level.
"Having won a big race in Italy, he's a little difficult to place because he carries a Group One penalty for most of the races," said Botti.
"This was an obvious race to go for and we've had it in mind for a while.
"It's a good race, but does not look the strongest Group One. Based on his rating, he would have a chance.
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"The ground might be a worry. They usually do a good job putting plenty of water on the track. He doesn't want very fast ground.
"There is a bit of rain forecast, but I fear that might just come too late.
"Otherwise, he's in great form and we're hoping for a good performance."
Of Dylan Mouth's rivals, Botti name the Andreas Wohler-trained three-year-old filly Serienholde as the main danger.
"Going through the form, probably the one to beat is the filly, who won the German Oaks," said Botti.
"That looks the one to beat, but we have to respect the other older horses. Though Protectionist isn't running, it's a good race."
Man On The Spot's Verdict
A Group 1 winner last year and now with Marco Botti, Dylan Mouth has yet to run anywhere near his best outside of his native Italy and was well beaten in France last time. Nightflower won a Group 1 in Cologne last September having finished runner-up before that in last year's renewal and she may find one too good again in SERIENHOLDE. Andreas Wohler's filly won the German Oaks in Dusseldorf last month and is also preferred to stablemate Wasir. Pagella has a bit to find with the selection but Dschingis Secret was a close-up third in the German Derby and looks a threat ahead of the four-year-old Iquitos.
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