Dyl been in a pickle


Shepparton News - - SPORT - By Ash­leigh Wil­liamson

Dual Listed win­ner Dy­lan­son will need to defy his 61.5 kg top weight and out­sider odds to re­turn to his best form in to­mor­row’s Ital­ian Plate (1450 m).

Dy­lan­son’s peak form was good enough to win two Listed races at Mor­phettville in Ade­laide dur­ing the 2015 au­tumn car­ni­val.

Lead­ing South Aus­tralian trainer Phillip Stokes trained Dy­lan­son then, but the geld­ing’s form has dropped off since shift­ing sta­bles to Todd Bal­four in Fe­bru­ary last year (no plac­ings in seven starts) and De­clan Ma­her at the start of this year.

Caulfield trainer Ma­her pre­pared Dy­lan­son to win as a hot favourite in the $20 000 Towong Cup (1600 m) in March — the nine-year-old’s first suc­cess since Novem­ber 2016.

Although Dy­lan­son has failed at long odds in five sub­se­quent runs, to­mor­row’s $25 000 Tatura fea­ture is at a sim­i­lar level to the Towong Cup.

Jockey Jack Hill will carry 61.5 kg aboard Dy­lan­son.

Echuca trainer Gwenda John­stone has the only Ital­ian Plate run­ner who has raced at Tatura be­fore — Fight­ing Shadow.

A se­cond plac­ing over 1000 m at Tatura in Au­gust will give John­stone con­fi­dence Fight­ing Shadow can han­dle the tight­turn­ing track.

The four-year-old geld­ing also drops 4 kg — down to the se­cond bot­tom weight of 56 kg — af­ter win­ning at Bench­mark 58 level at Sey­mour last start.

Jar­rod Fry will stay aboard Fly­ing Shadow, who as a front-run­ner jump­ing from bar­rier two on a Tatura track that typ­i­cal favours lead­ers looks a great each-way chance at odds.

Kronos (Sey­mour’s Stephen Brown), Tad­ween (Euroa’s Lind­say Park) and El­more Lad (Bendigo’s Kym Hann) are other on-pace run­ners the Tatura track could suit.

The Ital­ian Plate will be run at 4 pm, with the first of seven races at 12.58 pm to­mor­row.

Pic­ture: Luke He­mer

Slight edge: Echuca trainer Gwenda John­stone has the only horse in to­mor­row’s Ital­ian Plate (1450 m) that has raced at the Tatura track be­fore Fly­ing Shadow.

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