Rainbow Dreamer tries to emulate Who Dares Wins in the Pitmens Derby
We are in the final week of June, but Alan does not want the month to end, such has been the rich vein of form of the Barbury horses.
The video replay of those three Royal Ascot winners last week will never be erased from the office television, and Midnight Legacy kept the ball rolling when scoring at Haydock yesterday, so, while the forecast thunderstorms this week-end will be a welcome relief to the sun-baked grass gallops, Alan won’t want anything else to change.
Funny enough, we have only the one runner on Saturday, but it’s a big one, Rainbow Dreamer in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle, the race stablemate Who Dares Wins triumphed in 12 months ago.
It was Tom Marquand who rode Who Dares Wins both at Gosforth Park and again when breaking his Royal Ascot duck in the Queen Alexandra Stakes last week-end, but Tom’s partner Hollie Doyle, who also celebrated her first Royal winner on one of Alan’s, Scarlet Dragon in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap, will be aboard Rainbow Dreamer.
Whereas last year’s Pitmens Derby was worth £92,000, the pandemic has meant that prize money had to be cut across the board and Saturday’s prize is only £25,000.
However, that won’t worry Hollie, whose only aim is to ride winners. She has an impressive strike-rate for Alan – 10-52, with three winners from just six rides this season – and she knows Rainbow Dreamer well.
She said:”Rainbow Dreamer loves the all-weather, and his only defeat on an artificial surface came in the G3 Sagaro Stakes at Newcastle last time. Sure, three of those wins were on the polytrack at Kempton, but he was also successful on this tapeta surface at Wolverhampton.”
Furthermore, the Sagaro was Rainbow Dreamer’s first run since February, so you’d like to think that he’ll come on for that race, and the official handicapper confirmed that first run in Pattern company produced a career-best performance from Rainbow Dreamer, whose rating has gone up 4lb.