Name: Dreamtime Magic
Sire: Dream Ahead
Dam: Mieko's Diamond
Trainer: Matthew Dunn
Foal Date: 11/08/2016
BOOM RACING THOROUGHBREDS SELECT DREAM AHEAD FILLY
The TTSC’s Authorised Representative Boom Racing Thoroughbreds are thrilled to be offering shares in this two-year-old filly out of Mieko’s Diamond by Dream Ahead a superb racehorse that won five Group 1’s.
A tremendous and gutsy galloper, Dream Ahead won the 2010 Group 1 Prix Morny (1200 m.) as well as the Group 1 Newmarket Middle Park Stakes (1200 m.) (beating home multiple Group winners Strong Suit (IRE) and Approve (IRE)) and was crowned Champion 3yo Miler and Sprinter in Europe in 2011 by winning three Group 1 races the July Cup (1200 m.), Sprint Cup (1200 m.) and the Prix La Foret (1400 m.)
Entering Stud in Ireland and Australia in 2012, Dream Ahead’s his first foals raced in the Australian 2015-16 racing season the horses progeny raced well providing the son of Diktat with four winners from 20-runners. Overall those juveniles earned $447,550 providing the brown stallion with a good start in Australia to finish second on the Leading First Crop Sires of Season with Happy Event (ex Besame Mucho by Encosta de Lago) his top earner while in the Northern Hemisphere the horse had 19-two-year-old winners.
Since then Dream Ahead’s progeny has continued to improve in both hemispheres continues with an overall record of 189 winners from 377 runners ; 17 stakes winners that feature Al Wukair (ex Machera by Machiavellian) winner of the 2017 Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marios over 1600 m. at Deauville.
NOT ENOUGH? This chestnut filly is out of a winner of three races in Mieko’s Diamond in-turn by Ferocity (by Lion Hunter) winner the Group 2 VRC Ascot Vale Stakes down the clubs’ famous straight course over 1200 m. in 2005. Mieko’s Diamond is out of Sharp (by Danzero) a Group 2 winner and from a female family that’s produced the Group 1 AJC Flight Stakes winner Angst (by Kala Dancer).
Once the Horse Racing Syndicate Partnership has been formed Boom Racing Thoroughbreds (AR: 001 265 551) will manage the syndicate on behalf of all owners.
A solid grounding, a natural talent, and a work ethic that is second to none – Matthew Dunn has all the ingredients a good trainer requires.
And, most importantly, he has the results to back it up.
Dunn is also a trainer with the ability to think outside the square, an attribute that led him to set up one of Australia’s most successful country stables at Murwillumbah on the NSW north coast.
From that base he sent out 102-½ winners in the 2017-18 season and his horses won $3.6 million. The year before it was much the same, and you can just about bet that the year ahead will produce a repeat.
He is also a “King of the Highways” having won 17 of the Australian Turf Club’s Highway races for country-trained horses, including the final event of the 2017-18 season at Rosehill with Wallander.
With his wife Keira, Dunn set up his operation at what he acknowledges was a slightly odd choice of venues.
“When we came to Murwillumbah, it was considered a strange choice of location in many people’s minds,” Dunn says.
“But the biggest upside to being based where we are is the low horse volumes using the track. I have 75 horses in work, which make up the majority, of the 90 horses in total being trained here.
“For us, it is almost like having a private track, and the club always tries to help.”
As far from the hustle and bustle as Murwillumbah may seem, it is only a 75-minute drive to Brisbane and only 20 minutes from Coolangatta airport.
Dunn came to Murwillumbah after a short career as a jockey which was followed by a return to school to complete High School HSC, followed by a stint as a trainer on the Gold Coast, working in his father’s earth-moving business and eight years running Gerald Ryan’s highly successful Sydney stable.
“It was absolutely priceless getting that sort of experience. It was exactly the type of education I was looking for,” Dunn says.
“I think lots of people can train horses and train them well, but you need to go to a big stable to learn how to train lots of them. It can be difficult to get to that next step by taking on many horses.”
The Dunns’ operates a stable complex that includes 80 boxes, six half-acre day yards, a 10-horse walker, a 70m pool, a jumps facility and his own horse transport. For the major part of his training he uses the adjacent Tweed River Jockey Club track which has two grass tracks, an all-weather sand track and has access to a nearby beach.