Seeking My Dream ready for Lady Geeta Trophy
HORSE of the Year SEEKING MY DREAM steps out of his middle-distance comfort zone to take on six rivals in Saturday's 1200-metre Lady Geeta Trophy, the first time the back-to-back Diamond Mile winner will tackle the distance since debuting as a two-year-old in 2014.
Ironically, it was Omar Walker, who has since forged a steely partnership with SEEKING MY DREAM, who was responsible for the future champion's loss on debut, laying down a brilliant ride aboard United States-bred SUPERIOR QUALITY to deny Shamaree Muir.
Realising SEEKING MY DREAM's strength, Wayne DaCosta has kept the chestnut away from flat sprints, bar occasional seven-furlong races such as last year's Gold Cup in which he was the only horse with any guts to chase red-hot BUZZ NIGHTMARE.
Allowing BUZZ NIGHTMARE 15lb resulted in a fifth-place run for SEEKING MY DREAM, the only time he has ever placed outside the top four in 20 starts.
However, with BUZZ NIGHTMARE sidelined since December's Diamond Mile in which SEEKING MY DREAM equalled his own stakes record, there is hardly a horse around to match the pace of DaCosta's champion.
Therefore, not even topweight 57.0 kilos can deny SEEKING MY DREAM a third straight win following his seven-length victory over FRANFIELD in last month's 1500-metre Chairman's Trophy.
CAMPESINO has been kicking up a storm since defeating stablemate BUZZ NIGHTMARE in November's Caribbean Sprint at 1200 metres. The seven-year-old afterwards took on SEEKING MY DREAM in the Diamond Mile and ran a creditable race for fifth, disputing the lead for the first five furlongs but outclassed thereafter.
With no tearaway leader in Saturday's race, SEEKING M DREAM is the best of four stalkers in the event, leaving CAMPESINO, BRAWN and GARY GLITTER with little or no hope of stopping DaCosta's champion from posting a hat-trick of wins.