Cambridge trained three-year- old Alvins Dream launched his racing career in style with an eye- catching performance on debut at Te Rapa on the weekend.
The Iffraaj gelding had received a pass mark from his three trial outings leading in to Saturday’s 1200 metre contest but took the step up to raceday company with aplomb as he dashed away from his rivals in the closing stages to record a comfortable one and three-quarter length victory.
Rider Troy Harris was suitably impressed as he returned to scale on the Mark Forbes prepared galloper.
“He did a lot wrong as I was on the wrong leg turning for home but he picked them up just like that,” he enthused.
“He drew four so I got the run of the race although we probably got to the front a little too soon. He’s a pretty promising horse.”
Forbes was also pleased with the effort that saw his faith in the three-year- old justified despite the indifferent trial performances.
“I’ve always had a good opinion of him although I couldn’t get him to win a trial as he was for sale,” he joked after the race.
“I did think he might need the run although on that performance he should get up to a mile as he’s bred to go further.
“We have been waiting for better tracks even though the rain hasn’t stopped lately. Today was the perfect opportunity for him and he drew a good gate as well.
“He’s still got a lot to learn but should take a lot out of today.”
Alvins Dream is raced by a syndicate that includes Forbes grandparents along with his younger brother Alex. The gelding was a $62,500 purchase from the 2015 NZB Select Sale at Karaka through the Wentwood Grange draft. – NZ Racing Desk