Dream Gal books Summer Cup start

Staying mare Dream Gal has convinced trainer Barry Baldwin she is worthy of a trip to Sydney for the The Group Three Summer Cup at Randwick on Boxing Day.

Dream Gal stormed home from back in the field to score a half length win over Monashee Princess in Saturday’s Sky Channel Plate (2132m) at Eagle Farm.

Baldwin is thankful connections did not contemplate sending the daughter of French sire Dream Well to the breeding barn after she collected her sixth win in 40 starts.

Her wins have ranged from 1550 to 2200 metres with the Summer Cup run over 2400 metres.

“She’s a seven-year-old now but her owners always intended to keep racing her,” Baldwin said.

“She comes from a good family on the dam’s side and she’s earned a trip to Sydney for the Summer Cup.

“I sent her to Sydney last year for a few runs with Kevin Moses and she was only down there for four days when she won at Canterbury.”

Dream Gal had a history of tying up in her action before recording her first win since March.

Her win continued jockey Danny Craven’s run of success since he returned in September from a nine-month riding stint in Korea.

“Things have been going good since I got back from Korea but last week was a bit quiet,” Craven said.

“Until last week I’ve been riding a couple of winners each week but you’re bound to when you ride for Barry Baldwin.

“I lost count of the number of horses I rode work for him on Saturday morning. I started at 3.45 am. and had my last ride at 7.45 am.”

Craven left Queensland shortly after equine influenza (EI) hit in August last year but conceded Korea wasn’t his original choice to ride in Asia.

“I left about one month after EI hit after I applied to ride in Korea and Macau,” he said.

“Before I left I decided I would ride in the first country which granted me a licence and that was Korea.”

Craven admitted riding in Korea was tough but he still managed to stay for nine months despite limited success before heading home.

“I rode a few winners but it’s a difficult place to ride in,” he said.

“For a start the language barrier was probably the hardest thing to overcome.

“My translator knew nothing about racehorses and Koreans seem only to want Koreans to do well.

“It was very difficult trying to get rides as the Korean trainers stuck with their local riders.

“I know one thing, I’ll never go back to ride there again.”
By Glenn Davis