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Dream Ahead Newmarket 09/07/2011

Dream Ahead (right) ran on well to deny Bated Breath (left) in the July Cup

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Dream double for DBS breeze-up graduates

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THE DBS breeze-up sale celebrated a major coup at Newmarket on Saturday, as both of the card’s Group winners were sourced at the two-year-old auction.

Dream Ahead, last year’s joint-champion two-year-old with Frankel, was a readywinner of the July Cup by half a length from Bated Breath (by Dansili), with Hitchens (Acclamation) back in third.

The David Simcock-trained colt was returning to 6f for the first time since landing the Middle Park Stakes after fifth placings behind Frankel in the Dewhurst and St James’s Palace Stakes.

Dream Ahead is one of two Group 1 winners sired by Prix Maurice de Gheest andHaydock Sprint Cup winner Diktat, a son of Warning who stands at the Dehesa de Milagro in Spain. The other is Falmouth Stakes heroine Rajeem.

Dream Ahead was bred in America by Darley out of Flying Childers Stakes winner Land Of Dreams, a daughter of July Cup winner Cadeaux Genereux. Land Of Dreams is in turn out of Molecomb Stakes winner Sahara Star, a daughter of another July Cup winner in Green Desert.

Land Of Dreams has also produced Into The Dark, a dual 1m2f-1m3f Listed winner by Rainbow Quest.

Dream Ahead was sold to Federico Barberini for just $11,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale, and was resold by Tally-Ho Stud at the DBS breeze-up sale for £36,000, with Blandford Bloodstock signing the docket.

Earlier, this year’s DBS breeze-up top lot Red Duke had landed the Group 2 Superlative Stakes for two-year-olds over 7f.

The John Quinn-trained colt won by a neck from Chandlery (by Choisir) and the pair drew four lengths clear of third-placed Silverheels (Verglas).

Red Duke provided a fantastic result for pinhooker Willie Browne of Mocklershill Stables at the Doncaster sales, as he had cost just $15,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale.

He also represents a good result for his US-based freshman sire Hard Spun, as he is the son of Danzig’s first stakes winner.

Hard Spun, winner of the Grade 1 King’s Bishop Stakes and runner-up in the Kentucky Derby, stands at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky at a fee of $30,000.

Red Duke was bred by Pauls Mill Farm owner Ben Walden Jr and Hargus Sexton, the same team that bred Metropolitan Handicap winner Corinthian.

He is out Saudia, a daughter of Gone West and Yorkshire Oaks winner Bint Pasha who was an impressive novice stakes winner over 6f at two. Her other foals include 1m2f-1m5f winners Blue Dynasty (Dynaformer), Nantucket Bay (Giant’s Causeway) and The West’s Awake (Theatrical).

In other Saturday stakes-race action, Dick Turpin won his fifth Pattern race in the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot.

Last year’s Prix Jean Prat hero Dick Turpin is the sole stakes performer sired by Ballyhane Stud stallion Arakan, a Group 3-winning son of Nureyev whose third crop of juveniles race this year.

Dick Turpin was bred by John McEnery out of the placed Sharrood mare Merrily, a half-sister to Palace House Stakes winner Deep Finesse.




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