Dylan Thomas makes history with second Irish Champion Stakes win

Last updated at 01:41 18 September 2007

Dylan Thomas clocked up a fifth Group One victory with back-to-back wins in the

Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

Aidan O'Brien's Danehill colt has enjoyed a scintillating campaign and savoured

yet another triumph at the highest level in the hands of Kieren Fallon.

Kieren Fallon and Dylan Thomas

The 8-15 favourite was followed home by stablemates Duke Of Marmalade and Red

Rock Canyon in a famous 1-2-3 for Ballydoyle.

Dylan Thomas was also creating history by becoming the first horse to win

consecutive renewals of the race.

The King George winner was far from disgraced behind Authorized in the

Juddmonte International on his last start.

And while the calibre of opposition in the Irish showpiece was arguably

below-par, Dylan Thomas underscored his appetite for racing with an effortless


Rank outsider Red Rock Canyon guaranteed a generous clip in the 10-furlong

contest as Fallon had his mount cosily ensconced in fourth at the halfway


Indeed, the referee could have arguably stopped the contest once he overtook

Maraahel at the two-furlong pole.

Runner-up Duke Of Marmalade (15-2) and Red Rock Canyon then had no response to

Dylan Thomas' majestic finishing kick, which yielded a most comfortable length

and a half victory.

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