HORSHAM-OWNED May’s Dream has been installed as firm favourite for the Crown Oaks after running a gallant second to Australia’s top filly in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield on Wednesday.
The $500,000, 1600-metre race went to script, with the all-conquering Guelph leading all the way to win over May’s Dream and the third market elect Gregers.
Horsham racehorse breeder and owner Worrall Dunn said he was happy with the result.
“We thought it was a very good race,” he said.
“We didn’t expect to beat Guelph, so to run second to the best three-year-old filly in Australia, we think she’s done a good job.
“We’re as happy as Larry.”
Guelph, ridden by Darley’s number one Australian hoop Kerrin McEvoy, was positive from the barrier and soon found the front. Jockey Nick Hall settled May’s Dream fourth in the running line in a good position.
Approaching the home turn, May’s Dream worked strongly into the race to get within about a length-and-a-half of Guelph, who responded kindly to a shake up from McEvoy.
Guelph continued to power to the line, recording a comfortable, almost two-length win over May’s Dream, who enjoyed an equally-game finish.
Gregers finished a further two-and-a-half lengths back in third, with Wordplay fourth.
May’s Dream is prepared at trainer Darren Weir’s satellite stable in Warrnambool.
Weir told the Warrnambool Standard it was a good effort for his filly to run second to Darley’s superstar.
“I thought the race might have turned out to be a real tactical affair but Kerrin McEvoy controlled the race on Guelph,” he said.
“We’ve got no excuses. We were just beaten by a champion.
“May’s Dream has got plenty of upside.”
Dunn said the daughter of New Approach and She’s Archie would contest the $300,000 Group 2 Wakeful Stakes at Flemington on November 2.
May’s Dream is a $3.20-favourite for the $1 million Oaks at Flemington on November 7.
“We’ll see how well she pulls up after the Wakeful,” Dunn said.
“She’s got to be exactly right for us to run her in the Oaks. She’s getting to the end of her prep.”
Guelph will not line up in the Oaks, with Darley announcing yesterday she would be spelled in preparation for the Coolmore Classic in the autumn.