Dream Ahead (USA)
Br 2008 16.1 HH - Diktat x Land of Dreams
$19,800 inc. GST
A five-time group one winner, Dream Ahead was co-European highweighted with Frankel at two, and European Champion Sprinter at three.
Dream Ahead is a son of Diktat, a stallion who has crossed extremely well with Danzig line mares, getting group winners from daughters of Danzig Connection and Anabaa, and stakes winners out of mares by Green Desert and his son Desert Style (with Green Desert also being sire of Cape Cross – from the same family as the sire of Diktat – Invincible Spirit, Volksraad, Desert Sun, Shinko Forest and Magic Ring) and Emarati. There is also a grade one winner by another son of Diktat’s sire, Warning out of a mare by Special Dane (by Danehill), opening up the possibility of bringing in Danehill through such as Desert King (giving linebreeding to three three-quarters related Sadler’s Wells and Nureyev) Redoute’s Choice and sons, Flying Spur, Fastnet Rock, Danehill Dancer, Choisir, Catbird, Commands, Danasinga, Danzero, Exceed and Excel, and Rock of Gibraltar. Other sources of Danzig to consider include Belong to Me, Langfuhr, Honor Grades, Chief’s Crown (broodmare sire of a Warning line stakes winner, and himself sire of Grand Lodge) and Perugino (a three-quarters relative to Sadler’s Wells).
From other branches of the Northern Dancer line, Diktat has stakes winners out of a mares by Pivotal (sire of Captain Rio) and Wolfhound both sons of Nureyev (a three-quarters-brother to Sadler’s Wells), suggesting Fasliyev, Peintre Celebre and Spinning World, and Double Bed, a son of Be My Guest(sire of Pentire, Prego, What a Guest and Raami). The Warning line has also had success when crossed over Fairy King (brother to Sadler’s Wells), which encourages utilizing daughters of Encosta de Lago, Helissio, Falbrav, Revoque and Shinko King. There are Warning line stakes winner out mares by the Nijinsky II line horses Royal Academy (sire of Bel Esprit) and Caerleon (who could be brought in through Alquoz, Tenby, Generous and Bletchley Park), and other sources of Nijinsky II that could be tried include Whiskey Road (sire of Strawberry Road), Kala Dancer, Western Symphony, Tights and Yeats (a close relative to Sadler’s Wells). Diktat is a Warning/Sadler’s Wells cross, but Warning has been so strong over Sadler’s Wells, that it might be worth duplicating this strain, something that could be achieved through Scenic (sire of Blevic), Barathea, Galileo, Montjeu, Carnegie, King of Kings and Singspiel.
Diktat has enjoyed a considerable measure of success when crossed over mares from the Mr. Prospector line, with stakes winners out of daughters of Carson City, Kingmambo (sire of Dubai Destination and King’s Best), Lion Cavern (brother to Gone West, who could be brought in through Mr. Greeley, Zamindar, Zafonic, Xaar and Iffraaj, who might be particularly interesting here), Machiavellian (sire of Street Cry and Vettori) and Damister (in Australia through Celtic Swing).
Diktat has sired two stakes winners out of mares by Highest Honor, and there is a stakes winner by Warning out of a mare by Kendor, both from the Kenmare/Kalamoun line which might be brought in through Kenvain, Metal Storm, Baryshnikov (who would give the three-quarters relatives Sadler’s Wells and Nureyev), Kampala and Jeune.
Warning was a product of the very successful Known Fact/Roberto cross, and Diktat has a stakes winner out of a mare by Robellino , giving inbreeding to Roberto, who could be tried here through Red Ransom and sons, At Talaq, Touching Wood, Brocco and Prized.
Diktat has a stakes winner out of a mare by Nashwan, a son of Blushing Groom, and introducing Blushing Groom through Rainbow Quest (sire of Quest For Fame and Spectrum), will give inbreeding to the family of Warning/Rainbow Quest.
Dream Ahead carries Sharpen Up through an outstanding sprint filly who is bred very similarly to Kris (sire of Switch in Time), Diesis (sire of Daggers Drawn) and Keen. There is a Diktat stakes winner out of a mare by Sharpen Up son, Trempolino, so it could also be worth introducing this strain through Famous Star or College Chapel.