Beaten in heartbreaking style in the last two renewals of the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot, Dream Of Dreams deservedly had his day in the sun with a victory in the Haydock Sprint Cup.
Murphy in Dreamland
It’s been very often a case of nearly, but not close enough, for Sir Michael Stoute’s Dream Of Dreams. A horse with a huge amount of ability, up until his last two starts, he’d been without a group success.
Finishing second on nine occasions on his career, five of those near-misses came at group level. The most agonising of those both came at Royal Ascot, beaten a head in last two renewals of the Diamond Jubilee.
The curse has been broken, however, as building on his impressive Group 2 victory at Newbury in the Hungerford, he was a comfortable winner of the Sprint Cup at Haydock. Sent off the 5/2 favourite, he was always seen travelling ominously well under Oisin Murphy.
Switched out at the two-furlong pole, he showed a smart turn of foot to glide by his rivals and record a length-success. A deserved first success at the top level, it provided Sir Michael Stoute his third win in the race. It’d been a while between drinks too, with Green Desert and Ajdal winning the race in 1986 and 1987 respectively.
Speaking of the success, Murphy said: “He was explosive on his last start over seven furlongs in the Hungerford at Newbury, but I had no worries. If he jumped and travelled, I thought he could win“.
Doyle falls agonisingly short
The woman of the moment, Hollie Doyle came agonisingly close on Glen Shiel for Archie Watson. Sent off a 25/1 chance, he was tough as nails under a strong drive from Doyle. Tackling Dream Of Dreams with a furlong left to run, he was just outpaced in the closing stages and had to settle for a close second.
Her first domestic Group 1 ride, it certainly won’t be the last for a jockey on a sharp rise.