TASMANIA has long been known for its ability to produce top drivers with many following a family tradition in taking to the sulky.
At Carrick last Saturday Chris Aylett notched his first winner when he guided Liams Dream to victory in the Dakin Refrigeration Pace over 2150 metres and it was a drive to be remembered.
Liams Dream is also trained by Aylett who is the youngest son of Phil Aylett who has earned a reputation as a master horseman and astute trainer of standardbreds.
Liams Dream went into the race with modest form, although his previous outing in Launceston and the gelding had worked well during the week leading up to this latest assignment.
It was a great result for the Aylett family and it was Chris’ first win from only a handful of drives.
Liams Dream faced the breeze for most of the race outside of the leader Heres Your Chocky.
When Aylett called on Liams Dream to sprint turning for home the gelding forged to the lead and had enough in reserve to stave off a late challenges from Boozy Rouge with Heres Your Chocky hanging on for third four metres astern.
Phil Aylett has obviously passed on plenty of advice on how to get the best out of Liams Dream that is lucky to be still racing.
Liams Dream (Dream Away-Marlee Jayne) was bred by Col Johnson who had enormous success with progeny of the mare Marlee Jayne.
The gelding suffered suspensory injuries and was about to be retired but was eventually gifted to Phil Aylett who opted to take the horse to Victoria for stem cell treatment.
“The stem cell treatment worked fine and while the horse still has to be carefully managed he is sound and has a bright future,” Phil Aylett said.