Wonder mare Dream About Me adds a ninth Group 1
NZ HARNESS NEWS
In the annals of time, Dream About Me may end up falling in to the shadow of her illustrious aunt, Adore Me, but for their owners they are both equally special, for vastly different reasons.
Paul and Mary Kenny, along with Mary’s father Charles Roberts, race Dream About Me, the winner of Friday night’s Group 1 $100,000 Rosslands Queen of Hearts at Alexandra Park for driver Tim Williams.
It was the second win in the race for the grand mare after her victory two years ago, and it took her lifetime tally to nine Group 1s, just three shy of Adore Me.
Of course, the latter won the biggest race of them all, the New Zealand Cup, but Dream About Me’s wins have brought a whole lot of meaning in their own right, according to Paul Kenny.
“I’m very fond of this race; it’s an honour to win it.
“And to do it with her after all she’s been throw, it really is special.
“She was in trouble with her feet last season.
“But the All Stars’ vet, Lindsay Colwell, and their farrier, Kerry Estreich, have done an absolutely wonderful job to get her back to the track.
“Diane Cournane in Southland looked after her wonderfully for us; it’s been a real team effort to get to here tonight.
“Adore Me was a once-in-a-lifetime horse and after she broke down here in the Auckland Cup, we thought that was it.
“That was the end of our run with the best horse we would ever race.
“And then Dream About Me has come along and given us another incredibly fun ride.
“We take nothing for granted in this game, we are just so fortunate.”
Of extra special significance is the fact that both Paul and Mary have had to endure major health issues in the past couple of years, and Dream About Me has been a positive foil to the dark times they endured.
“She’s gotten us both through some really tough times recently, and we truly consider ourselves blessed.”
As with most races, the Kennys’ daughter, Sarah was on hand with her children, their son Andrew a rare scratching on the night.
“We are so lucky that all our family really loves racing and going to the races.
“They are all big fans of harness racing and it’s something we can all enjoy together.”
Unfortunately, 94-year-old Charles Roberts, who created this legacy when re-patriating Scuse Me from America in 1998, suffers failing health and can no longer attend the races.
But he, and his family, will once again be strongly represented at the upcoming yearling sales when a slew of fine colts from the Scuse Me family, and others, are offered for sale.
“You can’t keep them all and Mary, acting on behalf of her father, has made the decision that we are only going to keep the fillies now.”
It was another typically dominant night by Mark Purdon and his training partner Natalie Rasmussen.
They produced five winners from six contested races, including the Franklin Cup and Alabar Classic with rising stars Turn It Up and Ultimate Sniper respectively.
Their only miss was Princess Tiffany’s chock defeat in the Peter Breckon Memorial Ladyship Stakes, which was won by Belle Of Montana and Zachary Butcher, for trainer Barry Purdon and her Queensland owner Dean Shannon.
The race was marred by a nasty crash 600 metres from home when Gibson Girl, three back on the markers, tripped on a stray marker peg and fell, taking out stablemates Flying Steps and Macey Maguire, the later euthanised after suffering serious injuries.
Driver Benjamin Butcher will be out of action for a number of months after snapping his collarbone in the spill.