Mirabelli out to prove he’s no dreamer

Big Dreamer (Vinnie Colgan) on her way to her fourth win and third on the Ruakaka track.

Big Dreamer (Vinnie Colgan) on her way to her fourth win and third on the Ruakaka track.

A win at Ruakaka yesterday by Big Dreamer has Cambridge trainer Paul Mirabelli again thinking of top level competition for the No Excuse Needed mare.

Big Dreamer improved on her first two runs this campaign with a sound win over Annabelinda in the Maggie Dixon Supports Hundertwasser Art Centre 1600, a rating 75 event.

It was Big Dreamer’s fourth win from 23 starts and took her stake earnings over $60,000 and to Mirabelli it proved she is on the right track to have another crack at Group One level this season.

Big Dreamer earned a start in the Gr. 1 Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Te Aroha last April after three wins last year, but she never got to show her true worth in the top grade, finishing 12th of the 15 runners and more than 11 lengths from the winner, Perfect Fit.

“In the Thoroughbred Breeders she got her back leg caught over the gate,” recalled Mirabelli. “I’m sure she’d have been competitive that day.”

Big Dreamer also copped a check with 800 metres to run in the feature, adding to her woes.

“I do believe she is a Group One horse,” said Mirabelli.

Big Dreamer has had one other crack at black-type and that was in her second start, as a maiden three-year-old, when she finished fourth behind Avisto in the Listed Allied Workforce Soliloquy Stakes.

She was placed in each of her first three starts last year then broke through for her maiden win in her ninth start, over 1600 metres at Ruakaka 15 months ago. She then completed a double over the course and distance the following month, again with Vinnie Colgan in the saddle.

Sam Collett was aboard when she recorded her third win, at Avondale last November, again over 1600, and Colgan was back aboard yesterday when she bounced back to her best form.

“With Vinnie back on, he rode her very confidently and I was pleased,” said Mirabelli.

Big Dreamer’s three starts this campaign have all been at Ruakaka. She was fifth fresh-up early last month then seventh later in August.

“Her first run here was excellent and last time she was knocked out of contention and had no luck,” said Mirabelli.

Yesterday Big Dreamer bounced out well and Colgan settled her third on the outer before urging her along approaching the home turn.

Big Dreamer wound up well and led with 50 metres to run and Colgan allowed her to go to the line without being pressured further.

It certainly was a performance which warrants attacks on richer races, especially over the metric mile distance.