Nicks That Click – Outcross Sire Makes a Match
Tara Madgwick - Monday, 1 May 2017
Every year we see a selection of superbly performed shuttle sires arrive on our shores billed as the 'perfect outcross', yet very few achieve meaningful success.

Dream AheadTrevor Lobb rolled the dice for Emirates Park back in 2012 securing five time Group I winner and Champion European Sprinter Dream Ahead (USA), who was in the news over the weekend for siring Dreams Aplenty to win the Group III BRC Gunsynd Classic at Eagle Farm. (Read about him here)

That was his fourth Australian stakes-winner this season which gives Dream Ahead one more than the division leaders Foxwedge and So You Think, who have three apiece.

Despite having the familiar names of Sadler's Wells and Green Desert in his pedigree, Dream Ahead is seen very much as an outcross type sire given he is a grand-son of Warning from a daughter of Cadeaux Genereux, a brilliant Group I winning sprinter, although best known in this country as the sire of much loved stayer Red Cadeaux.

With his oldest progeny just three year-olds, Dream Ahead is posting more than respectable overall statistics on his Southern Hemisphere bred runners.

He has close to 50% winners to runners and 6% stakes-winners to runners, which is similar to his results in the Northern Hemisphere where he has also sired four stakes-winners.

These statistics compare very favourably with his peers at the top of the Australian Second Season Sires List.

Of his four Australian stakes-winners, three of them are from daughters of Redoute's Choice, which is an interesting fact that offers real food for thought.

There have been just four named foals bred this way and all are winners, so from a very small sample it's 100% success.

Given the volume of mares out there carrying Redoute's Choice blood, Dream Ahead has probably done enough to spark the interest of their owners, particularly those on a budget looking for a smart play rather than a gamble on the unknown.

Dream Ahead has had a fee reduction this year dropping to $19,800 from $27,000 and stands for Aquis Farm at Emirates Park.

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