Day At The Track

Angela's Dream outstays her opposition

06:20 AM 20 Feb 2009 NZDT
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The Motukarara Racetrack
The Motukarara Racetrack
Courtesy of Geraldine Stanbury, Banks Peninsula Trotting Club

Dour staying mare Angela’s Dream again demonstrated her liking of grass tracks, especially the Banks Peninsula one, when she outstayed her rivals in the Motukarara 20,000 Classic (2810 metres) there today Friday 20 February. Angela’s Dream was a dashing winner at the track on 25 January and was also a creditable second there on 29 December.

Her solid form of late is also mirrored in her third at Oamaru on 1 February and her second at Timaru on 5 January.

The solid mare is the latest winner for boom driver Deter Dunn and his employer Cran Dalgety, one of the most potent light harness business firms on the Mainland.

Angela's Dream has been inclined to be under-rated as a stayer. After all, it did take exceptional filly and subsequent champion mare Kiwi Ingenuity to beat her in the New Zealand Oaks last season.

Angela's Dream belongs to Southland's outstanding Harold's Rest taproot that has hit a purple patch lately with the emergence of the country's star race mare Kiwi Ingenuity.

Angela's Dream is closely related to former southern stars No Return who almost completed the NZ Met's Triple Crown, only to be beaten by Mark Roy in the third leg (Derby) and Anna Patron (1:56).

Angela's Dream is the second foal of Angela Patron (by Holmes Hanover) whose first foal Jackson Street won the Sapling Stakes at Ashburton for Kirk Larsen.

Gareth Dixon bought her third foal (Artsplace colt) at last year's Premier sale of yearlings in Christchurch.

Angela's Dream was never far from the pace in today's Motukarara feature and stalked favourite and backmarker Corka Dream into line.

Corka Dream had begun well from a stand and had looped his rivals to lead at the 1000 metres.

Although he fought back doggedly, the big effort had taken its toll of Corka Dream who was cut out of second by Barnett's Dream.

Dream was certainly the operative word for punters chasing the trifecta that paid $139.90c.

Don WRIGHT

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