A bold pre-race plan allowed Dream Master to overcome an outside draw and win his first race in style at Ballina on Friday.
Dream Master drew gate 13 in the 14-strong field and after being beaten into second from gate 10 at his previous start, there were doubt about his chances at Ballina.
But a gear and riding change proved the deciding factor.
“We decided to run at Ballina because it was his last chance to earn a BOBS bonus and Toby Edmonds decided to put blinkers on and ride positively,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“The blinkers certainly had him a lot more focused before the race and when he jumped cleanly and rider Jeff Lloyd was able to find the fence the race was as good as over.
“He won by six lengths in the end so it was good to get the money off the back and claim that maiden win. He was having his fifth start since we brought him up from Chris Waller’s Sydney stable and it’s fair to say he hasn’t had a lot of luck,” 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.
“Dream Master might not match the levels reached by his half-sister, but he comes from a strong line and he’s out of a half-sister to Graeme Rogerson’s very good mare La Bella Dama, winner of seven including the Group One McKinnon Stakes,” said Grant Morgan.
Trainer Toby Edmonds admitted to a sense of relief after Dream Master’s win.
“IT’s fair to say he hasn’t had a lot of luck but when they draw that wide over 1200 metres it is never guaranteed that you are going to get across the field.
“Jeff Lloyd was positive and that determination paid off as he got over relatively easily and once that happened the race was in safe keeping.
“Dream Master is a big, strong gelding and now that he’s got that bit of confidence that a win can produce we hope he can add to his winning tally. He’s got a great attitude and does well in the stable so hopefully there’s more in store for him,” said Toby Edmonds.
Rider Jeff Lloyd had ridden Dream Master when second at the Gold Coast at his previous start and he was keen on being positive at Ballina.
“He was unlucky at the Gold Coast because the eventual winner kicked up and kept us three wide just when it looked like he was going to get into a nice spot one off the fence.
“The blinkers certainly sparked him up a lot and he was very quick out of the gates. As soon as he found the fence he relaxed nicely and I was very confident from that point.
“He found the line in strong fashion and I think there’s more in store for him,” said Jeff Lloyd.
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.