Dream Ahead retired to stud

DREAM Ahead, who gave Hayley Turner an historic Group One success in the Darley July Cup, has been retired to stud.

The colt, who won five times at the top level, is to stand at Ballylinch Stud in County Kilkenny, and in Australia at Emirates Park Stud in New South Wales.

The David Simcock-trained three-year-old earned champion sprinter-elect honours this year with victories in the Darley July Cup, Betfred Sprint Cup and Qatar Prix de la Foret, where he beat wonder mare Goldikova.

Turner, who is currently sidelined as she recovers from a broken ankle, rode Dream Ahead just once – but it was enough to earn her a place in the record books.

The victory in the six-furlong Newmarket showpiece this summer was the first outright win in a British Group One race by a female jockey.

Turner said: “He gave me my first Group One win, so it was very special for me and he’s the best horse I’ve ridden so far.

“He stamped his authority in the Foret. It was good because it took him out of the category of just being a soft-ground, six-furlong sprinter by stepping up in trip and winning on quicker ground. That was a nice way to finish him.

“I won’t forget him. I’ve got his picture on my wall.”

William Buick, who partnered Dream Ahead in his other eight races, believes he could beat any horse on his day.

“He’s a fantastic horse. Probably as talented as any horse I’ve ridden in my career so far,” he said. “He has so much speed he could kill off any race in a matter of strides when on his game.”

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