CONNECTIONS of highly-rated May’s Dream can thank Warrnambool’s foreshore if she is successful in three of the rich feature fillies’ races at the Melbourne spring carnival.
May’s Dream has been trained at Darren Weir’s Warrnambool satellite stable under the care of Mitch Freedman for the past four months.
The three-year-old is the early $6 favourite for the $1 million Crown Oaks at Flemington on November 7 but she faces two big tests before the 2500-metre classic.
The daughter of 2003 Melbourne Cup placegetter She’s Archie will first run in the $500,000 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield next Wednesday, then the $300,000 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) on November 2.
Freedman said May’s Dream had thrived since she moved to Warrnambool from Weir’s Ballarat stables.
“We got her after she won her maiden at Swan Hill in June,” he said. “She has really developed since she came down here.
“We’ve done a lot of work on the beach with her and in the sand dunes. She’s a different filly now to the one that came down here in June,” Freedman said.
“She’s matured a lot but I reckon she’ll be even better when she comes back from a spell after this campaign. She’s a very good filly who has a lot of upside.”
Freedman said May’s Dream’s runs would be watched closely before making a final decision whether she would run in the Oaks.
“We’ll be taking it one run at a time with her,” he said.
“She’s a valuable filly.
“We’ll run her in the Thousand Guineas next Wednesday.
“I think she’ll run well. She feels very good and her work has been solid.
“We’ll then look at the Wakeful on the first day of the Flemington carnival. If she comes through that run all right she’ll head to the Oaks but we’re not getting in front of ourselves at this stage.”
Freedman said the 2500 metres of the Oaks held no problems for May’s Dream.
“Her mum ran second in a Melbourne Cup,” he said.
“I’ve got it in the back of my mind that she’s had an ideal preparation for the Oaks, as she’s only had the two runs and has run well each time.
“I think a couple of the other fillies might have had long, tough preparations, which is always hard on young fillies, but as I said May’s Dream will not be running if she’s not right.”
Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup prospect Puissance De Lune, which is also under the care of Freedman, pulled up well after his second placing in last Saturday’s Turnbull Stakes.
“He’s freshened up well since the Turnbull,” Freedman said. “We can’t fault his condition. We’re now just looking forward to the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup.”
The Cox Plate will be run at Moonee Valley on October 26, while the Melbourne Cup is run on November 7.