UK stayer to have 2017 Melbourne Cup test

Dylan Mouth kicks off his preparations for a trip to Australia when he returns to action in Legacy Cup at Newbury.

Trainer Marco Botti is aiming the six-year-old entire at the Melbourne Cup 2017 and is hoping for an inspiring performance in the Group Three race on Saturday (Sunday AEST).

Dylan Mouth is set to go into quarantine next week in preparation for the Flemington showpiece on November 7, in which he has been given 8st 6lb (53.5kg).

Botti has taken the opportunity to give the horse a break since he defied joint top weight of 9st 10lb (61.5kg) in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock 10 weeks ago.

“All’s going well. He’s in great form. He had a break just to freshen up after Haydock,” Botti said.

“Obviously we would like to go to the Melbourne Cup so this is a kind of prep race. It’s turned out to be a good race and the ground is going to be fine for him.”

The Botti-trained Jakkalberry finished third in the 2012 Melbourne Cup won by Green Moon.

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