Bigger dreams to come with gear change

Big Dreamer (inner) outgunning Super Ready at Ruakaka. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Big Dreamer (inner) outgunning Super Ready at Ruakaka. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Paul Mirabelli believes a future gear addition will see his Tauranga candidate Big Dreamer fully realise her potential.

The four-year-old Big Dreamer has fashioned the tidy record of two wins and six placings, including a fourth in last season’s Listed Soliloquy Stakes, with the promise of much more to come.

“She’s got the attributes you don’t always see in thoroughbreds – a low heart rate and a stride bigger than most and she’ll be even better with blinkers on,” said Mirabelli.

“I’m looking forward to putting the hood on her, but she’s not quite ready for that yet. She needs a bit more experience.”

Big Dreamer has won two of her last three starts and she will bid for further success in the Gartshore Construction 1600 at Tauranga tomorrow.

“She’s quite headstrong and she likes things her own way,” said the Cambridge trainer. “Vinnie (Colgan) is quite a key to her. He’s got beautiful hands and she runs really well for him.”

The Cambridge horseman is also expecting a strong performance from Big Dreamer’s stablemate Hannah Mary in the Gr. 3 Lochinver Station Plate at Rotorua on Saturday.

Hannah Mary has only won three races, but she is already proven at stakes level.

“Everyone under-estimates her,” said Mirabelli. “She’s run fourth in a Counties Bowl, fifth in the Newmarket and third in a Darley Plate. People seem to dismiss her time and time again.”

Hannah Mary was a close fourth when resuming in an open handicap at Ruakaka and Mirabelli believes that may give her an edge on a number of her fresher rivals.

“Especially from the one gate,” he said. “She’s another temperamental mare and she likes to have everything her way and she should get it from there.”

– NZ Racing Desk.