Experienced jockey Glyn Schofield will again have to be at his best if Irish Dream is to claim a second consecutive victory in the Listed $100,000 2012 Winter Challenge (1600m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
The Ron Quinton-trained mare yesterday drew the widest barrier in the nine-horse field for what will be just her second race over 1600 metres.
Schofield rode her to victory from a wide draw in the winter stakes two weeks ago and trainer Quinton will again leave tactics up to the Sydney rider.
“I would probably have preferred a softer draw,” Quinton said.
“But at the end of the day, Glyn will work it out.”
The daughter of Falbrav ticked a goal off the list for Quinton last start who was charged with the task of increasing the mare’s stud value.
That is exactly what happened as she stormed home down the outside to record a breakthrough black-type victory ahead of favourite See The World.
Set to start as one of the favourites in this weekend’s feature race, Quinton is confident she will handle the step up to 1600 metres.
“I think there was a genuine thought she was more of a short-distance horse,” Quinton said.
“But she is by Falbrav who was a really great horse over 2000 metres around the world.”
A winner of six of 29 starts, the racing future of the rising six-year-old is still yet to be decided.
Also set to start among the favourites is Melbourne-based gelding Forty Thirty who has not finished worse than third in his six most recent starts.
Carrying the topweight of 59kg is Gai Waterhouse gelding King Lionheart who won the Group 2 Shannon Stakes last September.
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