While Darren Weir is convinced that his sprinting three-year-old, Ken’s Dream, who was victorious in Saturday’s $120,000 McKenzie Stakes, has a bright future, the trainer maintains it may not be this spring that we see the best of the youngster.
Ken’s Dream, just having his second race start on Saturday, led throughout to defeat a smart field and tackling listed company for the first time.
“I looked at him in the yard before the race and he just looked light then, so I’m just wondering whether to stop him now or go forward. I think that’s the toughest part about assessing his win,” Weir said.
Weir maintains that Ken’s Dream is a high-class sprinter of the future, but whether it’s this spring or next autumn will be the question that Victoria’s finest horse trainer will have to ponder.
“You don’t see many horses win a maiden in the bush and then come straight into town and win in Melbourne. It takes a pretty smart horse to do that,” Weir said.
Jockey Dean Yendell believes the horse has an excellent future judging by the way he fought of late challenges in yesterday’s listed race.
“The plan was to sit outside the leader or even be one by one but I was then happy to find we’ve got the lead,” Yendell said.
“They started to put a bit of pressure on with 500 metres to go so I had to get on my bike and get rolling and he responded well.
“He’s still very new and he’s got so much upside. He’s learning how to cope with racing and, at the moment, he’s like a kid’s pony so the future is going to be bright.”
At the top of the straight, it appeared that Dam Ready was going to genuinely challenge Ken’s Dream but under strong riding, he managed to overcome the challenge.
The winner started at $2.30 favourite and was too strong for Dam Ready, with Throssell in third.
Deal Master stuck to his guns to be fourth but never looked a genuine threat of overcoming the winner.
Ken’s Dream had his first race start in the northeast of Melbourne at Echuca but showed at Moonee Valley that he was indeed a horse of the future.
Weir said that he’d not pushed Ken’s Dream but the horse had shown significant ability at home at his Ballarat base.
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