Day At The Track

Dream About Me wins the Canterbury Classic

10:00 PM 05 Oct 2018 NZDT
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Harness racing mare Dream About Me has secured her start in this years New Zealand Cup by winning the Inkwise Canterbury Classic on a wet old night at Addington Raceway.

The Bettor's Delight mare had to be tough to win, having to lead all the way on a track made sticky by persistent rain during the evening. 

In a punishing finish driver Tim Williams got the best out of the now millionare pacer and she held on to beat a fast finishing Forgotten Highway by half a head at the winning post.

The Robert Dunn trained Alta Orlando also arrived quickly over the last 100m for driver Ross Houghton and he just nosed out stablemate Letspendanitetogetha for third right on the line.

The first, second and third placegetters in the race were guaranteed a start in the 2018 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup and the fourth placed runner Letspendanitetogetha is another guaranteed starter after winning the Avon City Ford New Brighton Cup three weeks ago.

Over the last twelve runnings of the race the winning time of 3-20.6 for the 2600m stand was the slowest since the distance was lengthened from 1950m to a 2600m distance in 2007.

The last 800m was where the action was as the leaders sprinted home off the front in a slick 55.5 for the last 800m with a closing 400m in 26.9 seconds.

Tim Williams gave credit to the mares toughness after the race,

"I was a bit worried when Forgotten Highway loomed up to me, but credit to this mare she is so genuine.

"When I really asked her for an effort inside that last 50m, she stuck her head out and knew right where the line was," he said.

As well as bringing up her 21st win in tonights race, Dream About Me has now clicked over the one million dollar mark in lifetime earnings in a racing career that started with a winning run in a 2yo fillies race at Timaru in 2015.

Williams ended up with four wins and two seconds for the night and was an easy winner of the TAB Addington Drivers Challenge after opening a short priced favourite for the drivers option before the races had started.

 

Harnesslink Media

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