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Dream edging closer to reality

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Kings Will Dream (IRE) (Casamento {IRE}) may have lost his unbeaten Australian record at Caulfield, but his connections couldn’t have been any happier. The chestnut delighted all concerned when he came off a five-month break to finish fourth in the G2 Sir John Monash PB Lawrence S.

“When we first bought him we were hoping to get a nice country cups type of horse and he’s exceeded all our expectations,” managing owner Brad Spicer said. “Now, I’ve got a lot of anxious owners looking forward to the Caulfield Cup. He drew wide on Saturday and had to go back and had he drawn a gate he could probably have won.”

Kings Will Dream won his opening five starts from Darren Weir’s stable, including the Listed Mornington Cup. That success qualified him for the G1 Caulfield Cup, for which he is now a clear favourite. “It’s testament to Darren’s training regime how far he’s come,” Spicer said.

“It’s testament to Darren’s training regime how far he’s come,” - Brad Spicer.

“When he first came out Darren kept him in his own grade to give him confidence and the horse has built on that. He was a bit of a rat bag then and he can still be a bit flighty and full of himself, but his manners are improving. Jarrod McLean has done a lot of work with him at Warrnambool.”

Kings Will Dream

Kings Will Dream began his career with Micky Hammond in England and came on Spicer’s radar after placings at Ripon. “I had a few owners and friends interested in getting a nice stayer from Europe and I watched his first two races when he ran third both times,” he said.

"He was a bit of a rat bag then and he can still be a bit flighty and full of himself, but his manners are improving." - Brad Spicer

“I had a friend over there when he won and he told me the horse he beat, Sharja Bridge, was regarded as a Group horse,” Spicer said. “We put in an offer for Kings Will Dream after that and we got him.”

By Casamento, who won four races up to 2000 metres including the G1 Racing Post Trophy and initially stood at Dalham Hall Stud before he relocated to Ljungstorps Stud in Sweden, Kings Will Dream is out of Road Harbour (USA (Rodrigo De Triano {USA}). His family features the North American Group 1 winners Bowman’s Band (USA) (Dixieland Band {USA}), Sightseek (USA) (Distant View {USA}) and Tates Creek (USA) (Rahy {USA}) and the G1 Prix de la Foret winner Etoile Montante (USA) (Miswaki {USA}).

“When we bought him he had only run up to a mile, but he’s got a stayer’s pedigree,” Spice said. “His programme is all locked in now and he’ll run in the Memsie next then the Makybe Diva and the Turnbull before the Caulfield Cup.”

Kings Will Dream: 4th in the G2 Sir John Monash PB Lawrence S.