Middle Park Stakes 2010  




Dream Ahead Simply Outstanding in Middle Park

1 Dream Ahead 5/4F
2 Strong Suit 7/2
3 Approve 9/1

Dream Ahead justified strong market support to run out a brilliant nine-length winner of the Group One Shadwell Middle Park Stakes over six furlongs and could return to Newmarket in a fortnight’s time.

The David Simcock-trained colt could be on for a mouthwatering clash with Frankel and Saamidd in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes over a furlong further back on the Rowley Mile on October 17.

“He is an exciting horse and this is just very much a relief. Before he won in France, I had my own expectations but today everyone else had expectations as well so I’m relieved it has worked out. We are very, very lucky to have a horse like him,” said Simcock. “I know that I might not get another horse like him for 10 years or maybe not again in my career.

“The only thing - I am being harsh, of course - was when William (Buick) asked him forward about three furlongs out, he just rushed forward. But William has ridden him very confidently and he has had a lot of belief in the horse. He has been a big help with the horse at home and it’s great for an owner like Khalifa (Dasmal) as well. We are very lucky.

“I would like to think that there is more to come and something to look forward to. He won’t run with anything firm in the description this year. In France, it dried out and was good ground - the times will tell you that - and we have always felt that he would be better with cut in the ground. But as long as there is not ‘firm’ in the going description then I’m happy to run him anywhere.

“He has a nice way of going and was just a bit green when he hit the front. He was a bit bolshy to saddle but that’s just him. While he’s very mature physically, he’s still maturing mentally and I there’s no reason why he shouldn’t keep going forward next year.

“There’s a possibility for him here in two weeks and the Dewhurst is something I’ll discuss with his owner and I’ve no doubt about him staying the seven-furlong trip there, I think he probably wants that now. I’m not so sure about a mile next year. He’s by the much the sharpest stallion the mare has been to but she has produced horses who get a mile and a half and a mile by stouter stallions. But his style of running and the way he relaxes in a race gives every indication that he should get a mile.”

William Buick added: “He is an amazing horse. I have been impressed with him ever since I rode him at Nottingham. He hung all the way across the track but that is just him - he is a big baby - but he gives me a feel like no other horse has ever given me. He just swallows them up.

“The Dewhurst Stakes must be an option but bring on next year - he is going to be hard to beat. Even when he hit the front and took nine lengths out of them, he still had his ears pricked. He will be alright when he keeps straight!”


Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Dream Ahead
D M Simcock
William Buick
8st 12lbs
5 - 4
Strong Suit
R Hannon
R Hughes
8st 12lbs
7 - 2
9 lengths
W J Haggas
R L Moore
8st 12lbs
9 - 1
Short Head
Irish Field
J W Hills
K Fallon
8st 12lbs
16 - 1
3/4 length
Foghorn Leghorn
P W Chapple-Hyam
J Fortune
8st 12lbs
100 - 1
3/4 length
Samuel Morse
A P O'Brien
J P Murtagh
8st 12lbs
28 - 1
1 3/4 length
Al Aasifh
S bin Suroor
L Dettori
8st 12lbs
14 - 1
1/2 length
Temple Meads
E S McMahon
R Mullen
8st 12lbs
4 - 1
5 lengths



Dream Ahead has been slashed to 4/1 (from 14/1) by totesport for next year’s 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in early May following his impressive victory in the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket this afternoon.

David Simcock’s colt produced a breathtaking display, powering up the hill to record a nine-length victory ahead of Strong Suit and Approve. Dream Ahead is now second-favourite behind 2/1 market leader Frankel for the first Classic of next season.

“Both Frankel and Dream Ahead have produced top-class performances in the past week and the sizzling prospect of these two colts clashing in the Guineas will certainly keep punters warm during the cold winter months, “ said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.

Elsewhere on the card, Hooray recorded a pillar-to-post victory in the Adnams Cheveley Park Stakes and has been given a quote of 16/1 for next year’s 1000 Guineas despite her trainer’s reservations that she may not stay a mile.



Dream Away may have run away with the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes by nine lengths, but connections of the second and third, Strong Suit and Approve, were still more than satisfied.

Richard Hannon, trainer of Strong Suit, commented: “He has run well on ground that didn’t suit him. The winner likes this ground, as he won on it before in France.

“That will be it for the season now for our horse and we will bring him back for the big ones next year.”

A further short-head back in third was Approve, who came with a strong run from the off the pace. Trained by William Haggas, the colt is owned by the Bahram Syndicate of Highlere Thoroughbred Racing.

Highclere’s Managing Director Harry Herbert commented: “He has run a blinder once again and we are thrilled to bits. It was a fantastic run.

“He had to grind his way into the race today, and has only just failed to catch the second, who is a Coventry Stakes winner.

“He went on the ground and has shown he can handle any ground. He has been such a star for us this season and has never been out of the first four with two Group Two wins.

“He could run again this season. We will have a good look at the programme book.”

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