Marco Botti is hoping he has found a good Group One opportunity for Dylan Mouth in the Longines – Grosser Preis Von Baden on Sunday.
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.
“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.”