On Saturday, 3 September 2011, the Haydock Racecourse hosted the running of the 44th Sprint Cup, which is sponsored by Betfred. Some of the best horses in the industry, past and present, have participated in this wonderful event. This year was no different, except for the fact that a colt by the name of Dream Ahead made history by winning two of the sprint divisions in the Quipco British Champions Series, and proving that he is a very strong and talented three-year-old colt. Sired by Diktat, Dream Ahead performed brilliantly and gave David Simcock a proud moment to enjoy.
David Simcock, Dream Ahead’s trainer, commented that they seemed to have Dream Ahead back on the right track after changing tactics with him, which seems to be bringing the best out of him. Dream Ahead is owned by Khalifa bin Dasmal. During the nail biting Sprint Cup, there were three horses that came in strong towards the finish line, namely Dream Ahead, Hoof It and Bated Breath. During the final moments of the race, Hoof It was forced to move to the inside by Dream Ahead, and owners Lee Westwood and Chubby Chandler, as well as Hoof It trainer, Mick Easterby, called a stewards enquiry in regard to this, as they felt that it influenced the outcome of the race. Dream Ahead won the Sprint Cup, and was followed over the finish line by Bated Breath, with Hoof It finishing in third. Even after the stewards’ enquiry, the placings were not changed, and the decision might be appealed. But for now Dream Ahead has secured the victory, and his trainer is looking at options for his next start. His jockey, William Buick, commented that Dream Ahead was running around a bit, and that if he had lost the race, he would have told his mount that he threw away a golden opportunity, but Dream Ahead was able to hold onto the lead, and won the Sprint Cup by a nose.
Trainer, David Simcock, said that they will now look at one of two options for Dream Ahead, namely the Prix de la Foret, which will be hosted in France on 2 October 2011, or the British Champions Series Sprint held by the Ascot Racecourse on 15 October 2011. Horse racing fans should keep their eye on this talented horse that seems to be improving with every event.