Amazing Dream primed
By Adam Hamilton
QUEENSLAND trainer Darren Weeks has to go back more than a year for the last time he was this excited about a horse.
Mighty Kiwi filly Amazing Dream makes her slightly-delayed Aussie debut for Weeks and Kylie Rasmussen at Albion Park tomorrow (Friday) night.
“She reminds us of those really top horses they (Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen) have sent across in the past, like Self Assured and the top filly (Princess Tiffany) last year,” Weeks said.
“She’s been working with Dina Bolt, but on what she’s shown, she’d go any of our open-class horses for sure.
“It’s an honour to get a filly like her to train, even if it’s just for a few months. It’s a vote of confidence in our system and what we do.”
Amazing Dream, a winner of 11 of her 18 starts for the All Stars’ including beating the boys in the Great Northern Derby, was scratched from a race last week.
“She couldn’t gone around, but we learnt from Dina Bolt, who was probably a bit underdone when he got beaten here first-up, so we scratched her last week and she’s that bit fitter for another week’s work,” Weeks said.
“It’s never easy from outside the back row over the sprint trip (1660m) here, but she’s ready to go.”
The only real danger looks to be NSW raider Uncle Jord, but trainer Chris Frisby conceded he was more hopeful than optimistic.
“He’s got ability, but he’s a funny horse. You’ve got him one day and then he lets down the next. I think he’s up against taking on a filly like her (Amazing Dream). You don’t expect to bump into something like her in this grade during the off-season in Brisbane,” he said.
Frisby thinks he can win the race before Uncle Jord with his untapped two-year-old He Aint Fakin, who blazed an Albion Park two-year-old record 1min52.7sec winning last weekend,
“We loved him from the start, but he wasn’t delivering so we gelded him and it looks like it’s worked,” he said.
“He’s got this race, then he’s back home to get ready for the NSW Breeders Challenge.”
Back to Weeks and he expects Dina Bolt to bounce-back and win at Albion Park tonight (Friday) in the last of nine races.
“He’s tightened-up a lot for that first-up defeat and you’ll see a lot better horse this time,” he said.