Winning debut for well-bred Dream Ahead 3YO

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The significant run of success Aquis@Emirates Park shuttle sire Dream Ahead (USA) is presently enjoying with his first-crop 3-year-olds continued in style when Forever Dream scored an effortless debut victory to open the Sydney metropolitan midweek program at Canterbury Park.

Sent to post a $2.70 favourite on the evidence of two handy barrier trials and widely-known home reputation, Forever Dream was ridden out the back in the early stages of the 1100-metre assignment before pouncing on his opposition halfway down Canterbury’s relatively short straight. The final furlong of the contest saw the untapped gelding go on to score by a winning margin close on two lengths — despite being given a very easy time some 100 metres out from the finishing line.

Adding further credence to the result in terms of Dream Ahead was the fact that the Aquis@Emirates Park shuttler not only supplied the winner but also the runner-up. Dream I Can did best of the others to give the emerging sire the quinella.

Forever Dream’s very impressive debut success comes in close succession of a string of encouraging events achieved by his fellow Dream Ahead first-crop members. Dreams Aplenty won at Group 3 level in Brisbane in the past fortnight, while Generalissimo proved to be a notable 3-year-old stakes winner during The Championships. The current season has also witnessed the black-type successes of Ken’s Dream and Awaken in the same age division.

Of course, it was also only last weekend that Al Wukair, a 3-year-old from Dream Ahead’s second northern hemisphere-bred foal crop, ran a slashing third placing in the Group 1 Newmarket 2000 Guineas in the opening Classic of the 2017 European flat racing season.

If ever there’s a 3-year-old in training bred to go on to win feature events in Australian then it would have to be Forever Dream. A son of multiple European champion sprinter and five-time Group 1 winner Dream Ahead, the exciting newcomer is the first foal of Group 1 ATC Coolmore Classic (1500m) winner Ofcourseican.

Forever Dream’s debut victory and Dream I Can’s latest second placing was especially significant considering the two trainers involved.

Forever Dream gave multi-media personality Richard Freedman his very first victory as a trainer in his own right. He’s only just recently begun training a small string of horses at Hawkesbury.

The irony of Ron Quinton being the trainer of the runner-up Dream I Can cannot be missed, either. It was, of course, Quinton who trained Ofcourseican (dam of the winner Forever Dream) to her career highlight success in the Coolmore Classic.

Emirates Park

6019 New England Highway
Murrurundi NSW 2338

PO Box 75
Murrurundi NSW 2338

P (+61-2) 6546 6550
F (+61-2) 6546 6585

Aquis Farm

115 Mundoolun Connection Rd
Canungra QLD 4275

PO Box 170
Canungra QLD 4275

(+61) 07 5543 4732


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