This Time Dylan eyes Harvey Cup triumph

Michael Brennan, who prepares the Dream Away-sired eight-year-old, revealed his plans after This Time Dylan put up a strong performance when winning last Thursday’s $30,000 Narrogin Cup (2662m).

Driven by Justin Prentice, This Time Dylan settled at the rear of the field from his backline draw and after 300m had just three horses behind him.

Prentice started to move three-wide with 1000m to go and worked to the front 300m out.

Raymon John, who led, fought back strongly to narrowly regain the lead approaching the home bend.

It was only over the last 30m that the $2.60 favourite was able to assert his superiority to win by a long neck.

This Time Dylan has proved to be a bargain buy for his owner Brian Ridley, as he was claimed for $20,000 on December 27 and has since had four starts for Ridley and Brennan for two wins and a third in the WA Pacing Cup behind Hokonui Ben and Livingontheinterest, for $64,150 in stakes.

‘He’ll now head towards the Harvey Cup then we might potter around in the Free-For-Alls in Perth,’ Mr Ridley said.

Trained locally by Gary Ellson, the four-year-old drew the outside of the front line and was allowed to drift back to the rear of the field before getting a trail on the back of Winter Lane.

Not hesitating to go five-wide on the home bend, Buchanan then allowed Red West to open up and flood home to get up and win by a neck.