Dream continues for the Lees brothers
Keepin’ The Dream has caused another boilover in a feature provincial race in winning Thursday’s Group III Newmarket Handicap (1400m) at Newcastle.
At his last run before going out for a spell last preparation, Keepin’ The Dream saluted in the Gosford Cup in November at $41 when under the care of Pat and Wayne Webster.
The father and son training team had taken over the care of Keepin’ The Dream from Pat’s brother-in-laws Jim and Greg Lee, who were serving a three month ban for an elevated TCO2 reading.
Back under the care of the Lees, Keepin’ The Dream headed to Newcastle after a credible return in the Liverpool City Cup and took out the $125,000 race at $21.
“Pat said I’ve got him ready for you, ready to win,” Greg Lee said on Sky Racing.
“He’s done a treat the last week; this is the best this horse has gone.
“I hope he keeps going, he’s heading to the Doncaster.”
TAB Sportsbet have reacted to his win, halving his quote of $151 into $71.
Keepin’ The Dream’s jockey Peter Wells came with a perfectly timed run from the tail-of the field to grab the Grahame Begg-trained Purrpurrlena, who looked the winner 100 metres from home, on the line to win by a half-head.
“That’s the way to ride him, just leave him alone early, he gets back over further even and still can produce that finish,” Peter Wells said on Sky Racing.
“He just needs that nice, rolling pace and that’s what he got today; he was able to cut the corner, come off their backs and produce the last furlong.
“He surprised me today of how brilliant he was over the 1400m and on that he has a good shot at the Doncaster.”