DaCosta keeps Dreamliner tactics secret


November 28, 2015
Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer Apprentice jockey Linton Steadman aboard VISION (right) is 1 1/4 L by 2 3/4 L clear of DREAMLINER (Robert Halledeen left) and NUCLEAR AFFAIR (Omar Walker on rails) to win the KEELING MEMORIAL CUP race at Caymanas Park on Saturday, September 26.

Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta is keeping his Pick-3 Super Challenge race tactics for DREAMLINER close to his chest ahead of the 1400-metre event at Caymanas Park this afternoon.

The speedy colt was expected to be on the lead in October's 1200-metre Cash Pot Trophy but instead won the first leg of the Supreme Ventures Limited Series from off the pace.

Jockey Richard Mitchell stayed off the early splits, got the rail run into the lane and caught the leaders inside the last furlong.

In his previous race, 1100 metres, DREAMLINER was caught close home by stablemate VISION after disputing the lead with Richard Azan's FEDORA.

"We decided to change tactic last time and it worked. With the extra furlong, we're not quite sure what the tactic will be yet," he said on Thursday.

"Basically, he is bred along sprinting lines. However, his half-brother, DRIPPING IN GOLD, won at mile so there is no reason why he shouldn't get seven furlongs. He is working OK, so we will see," said the 14-time champion trainer.

DaCosta has a second runner in the nine-horse field, FUTURE KING, third in the Cash Pot Trophy behind DREAMLINER and NUCLEAR AFFAIR.

FUTURE KING's breeding, DaCosta figured, could make him suspect at 1400 metres. The colt had hit the front midway the stretch run of the Cash Pot Trophy but was overhauled by DREAMLINER.

"He has been working OK. He is going an extra furlong but had stopped going six. He has a tough order going seven furlongs," DaCosta said.

"His sire side definitely gets the distance. The mare is imported and didn't do much. The other offspring has been basically sprinting. Feanny has one (SMOKEY TOPAZ), who is basically a sprinter," he noted.

The champion trainer believes Richard Azan's ZUGULU could be his biggest threat despite his roguish ways.

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