Dream win for honest mare at Kembla

Oct 01, 2015

Surely no-one could have begrudged Hawkesbury mare Dream Lane a Kembla Grange breakthrough on Wednesday. Having her seventh start, Dream Lane turned what loomed as another potential minor placing in the straight into a narrow victory in the Maiden Plate (1400m).

In doing so, she finally made it into the winner’s stall for trainer Nick Mitchell and connections. A four-year-old daughter of Al Maher, Dream Lane did not begin her racing career until June 23 when she finished runner-up to Malibu Stacy in a 1200m Maiden against her own sex at Newcastle.

At her next five starts, she did not finish further back than fourth – including minor placings at Gosford (July 23), Newcastle (August 8) and Wyong (August 30).

Mitchell opted to remove winkers from Dream Lane’s gear after she had finished fourth to Admiral Jello in a 1300m Maiden Plate restricted to provincial and country horses on her home track on September 10. It worked.

Perfectly ridden by Tommy Berry, Dream Lane ($3.60) was yesterday given the run of the race, settling in fifth place in the early and middle stages. Berry began to hustle her along approaching the home turn and she made her run in the centre of the track.

In a thrilling finish which could have gone one of three ways, Dream Lane fought bravely to narrowly edge out More To Gain ($4.60) and Pounamu ($2.90 favourite).