Spring Carnival Dream Gets Underway in Let’s Elope Stakes 2011

The dream of having a runner in one of the ‘Big Three’ Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival showdowns for Mornington horseman Dean Binaisse begins at Flemington this weekend as he prepares to saddle up his ace acquisition Dreamaway in the $200,000 Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m).

More Than Ready mare Dreamaway was formerly trained by Grant Williams in Western Australia before being transferred to Victoria, Binaisse over the moon to take over the preparation of the Group 1 winner.

Last start Dreamaway claimed the scalp of Perth star Playing God, Neville Parnham’s Group 1 hero also racing at Flemington on Saturday in the $300,000 Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), defeating them by one and a half lengths in the Group 1 WATC Derby (2400m) at Ascot on April 2.

That win was the now four-year-olds’ fifth on the trot and sixth of their 10-start career to date, Dreamaway having already amassed over $744,000 in prize money thanks to other stakes wins in the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m), Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m), Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas (1800m) and Group 3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m).

2011 Cox Plate Odds

Odds subject to change.
Futures all-in betting showing top 24 horses.

Having dominated in Perth, Binaisse is hoping Dreamaway can do the same in Melbourne starting with the Let’s Elope Stakes this Saturday.

As a precaution, Binaisse also nominated Dreamaway for the $125,000 Listed The Sofitel (1400m) at Flemington’s opening spring carnival meeting.

Initially looking worse for wear after an arduous flight from Perth to Melbourne, Binaisse reported that Dreamaway had recovered well and was showing all the right signs ahead of her interstate debut on Saturday.

“She travelled over horribly,” Binaisse said.

“I knew as soon as she got off the truck that she wasn’t in good condition and I had a hell of a time getting her to put weight on and just to get her happy.

“But her coat’s come through now and she’s bright and happy and well.”

Binaisse has entered Dreamaway for both the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 15 and the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley a fortnight later, and also plans to have her name among the 2011 Melbourne Cup nominations that are released this Thursday.

He admitted, however, that he would take it race-by-race with her and let Dreamaway’s performances guide where she goes this prep.

“It’ll just be one step at a time because she could end up going backwards pretty quickly,” Binaisse said.

“But she’ll be nommed (nominated) for everything and we’ll just see how she goes.”

Ace WA hoop William Pike will partner with Dreamway for the seventh time on Saturday as he flies over to take the Flemington mount.

Current markets at Australia’s preferred online bookmaker Luxbet have Dreamaway rated $81 for the Caulfield Cup 2011 and $51 to win the 2011 Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup 2011.

There were 21 mares nominated for the Let’s Elope Stakes this year with notable could-be rivals of Dreamaway including reigning Crown Oaks winner Brazilian Pulse, Shaune Ritchie’s former Group 1 winning Kiwi mare Keep The Peace, AJC Oaks placegetter Pinker Pinker and Peter Moody’s in-form Mid Summer Music out for her third Group win on the trot.

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2011 Let’s Elope Stakes Nominations

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rtg.
1 BARINKA (NZ) Karen Zimmerman 100
2 BIANCON ROSE David Brideoake 88
3 BRAZILIAN PULSE (NZ) Michael Moroney 105
4 DO RA MI (NZ) Peter G Moody 94
5 DREAMAWAY Dean Binaisse 102
6 I’M DISCREET Russell Cameron 97
7 KEEP THE PEACE (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 110
8 LADY LYNETTE David & Scott Brunton 106
9 MAJESTIC MUSIC Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 102
10 MANILA JEWEL David Hayes 88
11 MELTED Leon Corstens 75
12 MID SUMMER MUSIC Peter G Moody 100
13 PARABLES Peter Snowden 100
14 PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell 101
15 SAYAHAILMARY Peter G Moody 78
16 VENUS WORLD Brian Jenkins 87
17 WILLOW CREEK Peter G Moody 82
18 WINDARRA PLACE Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 87
19 WINGED CHARM Michael Kent 77
20 ZAIRA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 85
21 ZELSNITZ Peter G Moody 78