By Ray Hickson
Expect to see Dreamforce return to his on-pace style of racing when he chases his first stakes win in the Listed $150,000 Civic Stakes (1350m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
That’s the word from trainer John Thompson who says the increase in distance on his last-to-first performance first-up will allow him to race much handier.
Dreamforce drew one from the outside in the Civic Stakes but Thompson said there’s no point in being negative simply because he’s drawn wide.
“He’ll go forward, I’ll leave it up to Brenton (Avdulla) how far forward,’’ he said.
“He has the speed to cross if he wants to but I’d say he’ll let the other horse go and take a sit off him.
“We wouldn’t be having this conversation if he didn’t draw so wide, he’d just be on pace. He just begins so well it’d be silly to drag him back.
“He won well coming from the back the other day but that was 1100m this is 1350m.’’
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At the 600m he was 17m off the leader then reeled off 33.18 for that last 600m, including an 11.31 for the last 200m, easily the best of the day.
“I knew he would run well because he was going super. But to see him run so well it was very good,’’ he said.
“I think he’s going great, the writing was on the wall first-up but he’s getting up to his range now and it will only suit him better.’’
Dreamforce hasn’t raced since that May 26 win and he missed a scheduled trial when the session set down for June 19 so Thompson took him to Hawkesbury two days later for a special gallop.
On that day he worked with stablemate Reneged, who won at Canterbury during the week, and Thompson said Dreamforce “had him well covered in the gallop’’.
The five-year-old is a $6 chance with TAB in the Civic and while he’s yet to prove himself in the wet Thompson isn’t so concerned so long as Rosehill is in the soft range.
Interestingly, his dam Eskimo Queen won the Group 1 Coolmore Classic on a heavy 10 back in 2008.
Dreamforce is likely to progress to the Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) in two weeks and the Listed Winter Challenge (1500m), on July 28, both at Rosehill.
Meanwhile, Thompson said lightly raced filly Into The Abyss is back in work and he’ll take his time deciding which path to take her on in the spring.
The rising three-year-old won on debut on Boxing Day and was placed behind subsequent Group 1 winner Seabrook in the Sweet Embrace Stakes in March.
“We’ll get her going and trial her and go from there,’’ he said.
“There’s plenty of options, the fillies’ series here and Melbourne and second level races. I think she will improve because she looks bigger and stronger.’’