Brilliant Darley July Cup winner Dream Ahead is reported to have come out of the Newmarket race in fine shape and all systems are go for him to head next across the Channel to Deauville where he will bid to follow up with a fourth career Group 1 success in the prestigious Prix Maurice de Gheest.
David Simcock’s three-year-old colt bounced back to form in the most stunning of fashions when easily accounting for experienced high grade sprinters on his first outing over six furlongs this term. Having endured a delayed start to the season on account of the unseasonably fast ground that prevailed through April and May, the joint-top rated juvenile of 2010 (together with the mighty Frankel) proved his rating to be no fluke when following a fifth place in the St James’s Palace Stakes over a mile at Royal Ascot he was immediately dropped backed to what is almost certainly his optimum trip of three-quarters-of-a-mile, with devastating effect. Those examining the horse racing betting will have been impressed.
Simcock has admitted that he would have been very disappointed had Dream Ahead not run well in the July Cup having shown all of his old sparkle on the home gallops in the weeks leading up to the big race. Such was his superiority under Hayley Turner that Timeform have allotted the son of Diktat the highest rating (129) for a winner of the race since Mozart in 2001, and many people believe that there is plenty more to come as long as owner Khalifa Dismal’s colt encounters decent or preferably soft ground on all starts for the remainder of the campaign.
A winner at Deauville last year when landing the Group 1 Prix Morny in great style, Dream Ahead has already proven his liking for the seaside Normandy track and given suitable conditions he will surely prove a real handful for the local sprint brigade.