Shumookh, winner of the Group Two Golden Pendant at Rosehill, was the second Group winner in a week for her outstanding young sire Dream Ahead, following a Group Three win from progressive four year-old Tornibush.
Shumookh fought like a tiger to edge Champagne Cuddles (Not A Single Doubt) by a nose, with Princess Posh (Canford Cliffs) another long neck away in third.
Prior to Saturday’s Golden Pendant victory, Shumookh’s (Dream Ahead) sole win had been a Canterbury maiden but co-trainer Gai Waterhouse believes the valuable Stakes win will not be the four-year-old’s last.
The royally-bred Dream Ahead mare had barrier trialled on seven occasions prior to her debut win in January but demonstrated her talent with subsequent placings in the Light Fingers Stakes (Gr.2) and in the Surround Stakes (Gr.1), behind Shoals.
“All the form around Shumookh has been so strong, she’s such an honest mare and showed she has made that quantum leap this spring,” trainer Gai Waterhouse said.
“This was a Group One field: A quality race and they all had their chance to beat her. She would not lie down. Just like dad’s horses were ‘bone and muscle’.
Shumookh wouldn’t give up. You want to be training horses that can dig deep like that.”
Bred by Emirates Park and trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Shumookh will be aimed at the Group One Myer Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day; “She’ll have a great spring because this is really a Group One field (Group two Golden Pendant)” Gai Waterhouse said.
Shumookh becomes the 20th Stakes winner for five-time Group One winner Dream Ahead.
A Champion Sprinter, completely free of Danehill blood and now with over 10% Stakes horses to runners, Dream Ahead is serving the current season at Aquis’ Hunter Valley base.