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.