Payback thrill for Mirabelli

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 was thrilled to be able to repay his first clients when Big Dreamer broke through for a well-deserved win at Ruakaka yesterday.

Big Dreamer scored a neck victory in the Northland Business Systems 1600 for the Cambridge trainer, who prepares the No Excuse Needed three-year-old filly for Dr Mary Ann Moss and Mark Topping and Dreamcatcher Enterprises Ltd.

“It’s great to win for Mary Ann and Mark as they were the first people to come on board when I started training on my own,” said Mirabelli. “Big Dreamer is the first horse I’ve broken in and taken right through.”

Mirabelli branched out on his own account as a trainer two years ago after initially working for Gai Waterhouse in Sydney then training in partnership with Roger James and later with Graham Thomas.

Moss and Topping have raced horses from other stables and formed a link with Mirabelli through a mutual friend, Scott Borland.

“I’ve known Scott through show jumping,” said Mirabelli. “Scott has re-homed horses for Mary Ann and Mark and it was through him that I got some of their horses to train.

“I trained Little Dreamer, a sister to Big Dreamer, for them and she’s retired now and is show jumping and showing promise. She was 15 hands (high) whereas Big Dreamer is 16.2 so they’re rightly named.”

It didn’t take Mirabelli long to test out Big Dreamer, lining her up in the Listed Soliloquy Stakes at Ellerslie last September after a debut fourth behind the highly-rated Rockfast on debut at Te Rapa.

Big Dreamer finished on strongly for fourth in the stakes event, beaten by Avisto, Choice and Vavasour, all fillies who have been multiple black-type performers.

“She had run just about last in both her trials but on the training track she showed a great deal of ability,” said Mirabelli, not surprised by the stakes placing.

Big Dreamer’s owners have benefited further from the Soliloquy Stakes as on the strength of Avisto’s win they sent Big Dreamer’s dam, War Bride, to Tavistock (Avisto’s sire), and are awaiting a half-relative to their Ruakaka winner.

Big Dreamer added a further three placings to her record for her break-through win in her ninth start and Mirabelli believes she can now go on with the good work.

“She’s got quite a bad habit of waiting for them (her rivals) to get to her,” said Mirabelli. “Vinnie (Colgan) said she did the same this time. She’s always got more to offer and she goes on all types of ground.”

Big Dreamer is likely to have her next start in a special conditions event at New Plymouth next month.