Apprentice Blaike McDougall took full advantage of the absence of the senior riding bench from Randwick to the Gold Coast on Saturday to ride a winning treble including the John Thompson trained Dreamforce in the $100,000, Maroubra Mile (1600m).
Earlier in the programme McDougall won on Newtown Bluebag and Tip Top and Dreamforce’s win was his second in succession on the five-year-old Fastnet Rock gelding after winning over the same distance at Randwick on December 30th.
Dreamforce and apprentice Blaike McDougall, picture Sportpix.com.au
McDougall sensibly eased out of a leaders sprint duel when he restrained Dreamforce into second as Coolring and apprentice James Innes Jnr took the field to the top of the main straight. He then closed with ease on the leader as they went up the hill and with 350m to run he sprinted Dreamforce off into a big lead.
The turn of foot of Dreamforce aided by his featherweight of 51kg caught the rest of the six horse by surprise. Dreamforce was getting tired at the end, but McDoughall was able to ease him over the final 50m. Morton’s Fork (54kg) and Glyn Schofield were easily the best of the rest in chasing, but McDougall had the race well in his keeping a long way out.
Morton’s Fork (Ad Valorem) and Schofield were 3L ahead of Liapari (NZ) (Nom de Jeu) (53kg) and Mathew Cahill.
The time was 1.34.84 on the upgraded Good 3 track with the final 600m in 35.17. Dreamforce was well supported paying $2.20 on fixed odds and $2.10 on the tote.
Thompson said that the gelding of Dreamforce had been the making of the horse on the track including the turn of foot. Dreamforce, described as a ‘tough bugger’ by Thompson, has certainly worked his way through the grades well and since November has had started five times, winning three and placing second in another.
In both of his last two wins he has carried light-weights under McDougall, but he did win at Benchmark 83 level over 1500m with 57kg under Brenton Avdulla at Rosehill on November 25th. Thompson may now spell Dreamforce after the two successive wins.
Dreamforce, out of the duel Group 1 winning Shinko King mare Eskimo Queen, was winning for the sixth time from 16 starts and with five placings he has earned stakes of $266,910 for owners Joy Luck syndicate managed by AJ Crisafi.
McDougall signals the three wins, picture Sportpix.com.au
Maroubra Mile, photo finish picture ATC