The John Zielke-trained Dreams Aplenty won the Group III Gunsynd Classic at Eagle Farm over a year ago and has hit top form at the right time at the Gold Coast on Saturday to win the $100,000 Listed Gold Coast Cup (1400m).
Taking up his favoured front-running role under Tegan Harrison, Dreams Aplenty battled on bravely to defeat Aqua Vite by a half head with a neck.
The 4yo gelding has been a wonderful money spinner for the stable with a record of seven and seven placings from 20 starts with earnings of $387,450.
“I love this horse,” Zielke told AAP.
“If you are going to be in a fight he is one you would like on your side.
“He never gives in and he has been like that all his career.”
A three-time veteran of the sales ring, Dreams Aplenty was passed in at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and then a few months later he was consigned by Millbrook to the National Yearling sale where he was knocked down for $32,000.
He was then purchased by owner Evan Hartley for $26,000 at the 2015 MM Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale.
Dreams Aplenty is from Redoute’s Choice mare Tipsy Moment and is one of three stakes-winners sired by the five time Group I winner from daughters of the champion sire.
The sire of 16 stakes-winners worldwide, Dream Ahead (USA) returns to Aquis in the Hunter Valley this year where his fee has been set at $16,500.