A positive ride again provided the winning formula when Dream Master scored a convincing win in slick time at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Dream Master was fresh up at the Gold Coast after two good lead-in trials and rider Bridget Grylls followed trainer Toby Edmonds’ pre-race instructions perfectly as she bounced the horse to an early lead.
Dream Master had no pressure in front and he shook off his rivals in the run home to clear out for a five-length win in 1.09.79, not far from the class record.
“He seems to have strengthened up since his last campaign and he does respond to a positive ride,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“When he cleared maidens at Ballina he drew gate 13 in the 14-strong field and after Toby Edmonds decided to put blinkers on and ride positively he scored by six lengths.
“The blinkers certainly had him a lot more focused, but it looks like he races more generously when allowed to run along. It seems that he loses concentration when cluttered up amongst rivals, so that might be the way to ride him.
“He was having his seventh start for Toby since coming north from Sydney and he’s won twice and been placed three times, so he’s pretty genuine,” said Grant Morgan.
Bought by Ontrack from Emirate Parks draft at the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale for $60,000, Dream Master is by Dream Ahead from the Exceed and Excel mare Excellent Lady.
The purchase proved astute because not long after the sale, Excellent Lady’s first foal started racing and named Petits Filou, she went on to win her first four races, including the Group 3 Quezette Stakes at Flemington.
“She ended up winning five of her 10 starts and then sold in May at the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale for $1.15 million.
Trainer Toby Edmonds was impressed with Dream Master’s win.
“It’s fair to say he hasn’t had a lot of luck in his first preparation with a succession of wide draws and on one occasion he bucked after the start when it looked like he was pinched by the girth.
“His trials leading into the race were good and Bridget Grylls did the right thing by letting him roll along and then getting off the fence into the turn because the inside was off.
“Dream Master is a strong gelding and now that he’s got that bit of confidence we can try and work him through his grades.
He’s got a great attitude and does everything you ask him to do without fuss so hopefully there’s more in store for him,” said Toby Edmonds.
Congratulations to our owners: Ontrack Thoroughbred No 1 Syndicate, Lang Brothers Racing, Mark Snowden, Dave Moretti, Mark Ostermeyer, Gordon Campbell, Leah Gavranich, Luke Covey, B and L Racing, Louise Mancinelli, Wayne and Paddi Muller, Alan Satchell, Beau River Racing, Greg Bowers, Stefan Marinkovic, Lisa Saxton, Ken Stocks, Ryan Lawlor.