Dream Ahead Stakes-Winner

In Industry News & Views, Thoroughbred Racing by Ben Ready

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.