My Dream Lover kicked off his Queensland career in style when he justified solid support with a Gold Coast Turf Club win.
The chestnut son of Excelebration resumed off a six month break when he had his first start for Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds and scored over 1300 metres in the hands of former Victorian jockey Ryan Maloney.
My Dream Lover had two starts as a colt last summer for Caufield trainer Mick Price but was spelled and gelded after those runs.
“Mick advised that he felt the horse would be better placed in Queensland,” said Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“We always appreciate Mick’s objective assessment of horses and he’s proved to be extremely accurate in summing up where the best opportunities exist for each horse.
“Our aim is to get each horse to be competitive in city racing and sometimes that requires us moving horses away from the tougher Melbourne and Sydney company.
“Our Dream Lover has been a horse that needed time to mature and he has certainly strengthened and filled out since his first preparation.
“Toby Edmonds has done a great job with the horse and having him fit enough to win first-up over 1300 metres was a tremendous feat.
“It shouldn’t be under-estimated how difficult it is to score over 1300 metres off a six month break and Toby and his team deserve plenty of accolades for having the horse fit and he was aided by a superb ride.”
A $130,000 purchase by Ontrack from Widden Stud’s 2016 Inglis Classic Sale draft, My Dream Lover is a son of Excelebration, a son of Exceed and Excel who was Europe’s champion miler in 2012.
His dam, Miss Coolum was a winning two-year-old who is a half-sister to the 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking.
“There’s plenty of staying blood in his pedigree and it looks like he will be able to stretch out in trip without any issues.
“Toby Edmonds and Ryan Maloney have both pegged him as a horse who will be at his best at 1600 metres and further so we look forward to seeing where he ends up,” said Grant Morgan.
Congratulations to our winning owners:
Ontrack Miss Coolum Syndicate, Barbara and John Gilbert, Mark Ostermeyer, Garry Shanahan, Greg Bowers, Dr David Worthley, Leigh Matthews, Mick and Denise Power, Pennypacker Syndicate, Dan McHugh, Mark Snowden, Mick Hackett, L V Racing Syndicate.