Dylan Mouth Possible Melbourne Cup Runner in 2016
It may be premature to start the Melbourne Cup discussion, but trainer Marco Botti, who has over the past 10 years established himself as one of England’s up and coming trainers, has in Dylan Mouth a horse that he feels could compete in Australia’s biggest race.
Dylan Mouth won the Group II Gran Premio di Milano in his first race after Botti took over the horse’s training duties from his cousin Stefano Botti. It was comfortable win by 5-1/2 lengths on Italian turf over 2400 m, so Dylan Mouth will need to be prepared to go out a bit further in order to run the Melbourne Cup. The race, up until this year, was rated at Group 1 and has been run since 1889.
Dylan Mouth has won the race twice successively, one of just 10 horses ever to claim the accomplishment.
The horse is said to travel well and will be running on the continent next and Canada may even be on his schedule. His connections will obviously keep him out of the U.S., as the interminable airport security lines might introduce a level of frustration that would ruin the horse’s traveling reputation.
Marco Botti has one placing to his credit in the Melbourne Cup, that being a third with Jakkalberry in the 2012. He also has a second in the 2013 Caulfield Cup thanks to Dandino.