Electric Dreams to take on older horses
In-form trainer Joe Pride has always held the belief Electric Dreams is the best filly in his stable and will give the three-year-old her chance to prove it against older horses at Randwick on Saturday.
Electric Dreams is one of three Pride-trained runners nominated for the Listed June Stakes (1100m) with the trainer keen for Electric Dreams to win a black-type race as a filly.
Bejewelled and Black Prince are also among the June Stakes entries but Pride said if it was a heavy track on Saturday Black Prince wouldn’t take his place.
“I have always thought Electric Dreams is the best three-year-old filly I’ve got and Neeson is the best colt (or gelding),” Pride said.
“This is her chance to prove that on Saturday.”
Electric Dreams has had five starts for two wins and a second including two victories from three starts first-up from a spell.
Pride was forced to miss the autumn carnival with Electric Dreams after the daughter of Redoute’s Choice pulled up sore after finishing second to Killian over 1200m at Rosehill in January.
The filly spent six weeks out before being brought back into work for the latter part of the season.
Electric Dreams produced a strong barrier trial win over 800m at Warwick Farm on May 21 ahead of her return on Saturday when she’ll be ridden by Peter Robl.
“She’s a lowly-graded filly to be going into a Listed race but she’s very smart and we’ll try and grab some black type with her before she turns four,” Pride said.
“She’s only had the five starts but she has a really good fresh record.
“I’m throwing her in the deep end but I like her and I think it’s worth a chance.”
Stablemate Bejewelled raced in Brisbane two starts back before returning to Sydney to race on a wet track a week later.
The noted wet tracker took out the 1400m Benchmark 95 on the heavy (9) surface at Randwick on May 29 but drops in distance into the June Stakes with another trip to Queensland on the horizon.
“She’s not a mare who appreciates her runs spaced,” Pride said.
“It will be two weeks from her last start into this race on Saturday and then after that she’ll head back to Queensland to run in the Gai Waterhouse Quality at Ipswich.”
The Warwick Farm trainer also has a race in Brisbane in his sights with Black Prince in the coming weeks.
“There’s a fair chance he’ll run (in the June Stakes) but it just depends on the track,” Pride said.
By Matthew Toogood