The 2013 Magic Millions Classic (1200m) dream at the Gold Coast on January 12 is still alive for Queensland trainer Tony Gollan after Global Dream bolted home in a must-win race on Tuesday.
Racing in blinkers for the first time, the daughter of Fastnet Rock was tardy out of the barriers, leaving her trailing the field for much of the race.
But a patient and careful ride from Glen Colless saw the emerging galloper find an opening in the straight and run down the leaders to win the Ladies Day Handicap by a half-length from Greytfilly and Tiarazou.
She needed to take top honours in the $50,000 race in order to make the competitive Magic Millions field and Gollan is expecting her to take great improvement into the $2 million juvenile feature.
“She’ll only improve out of the gates for that run,” Gollan said.
“She has definitely got to improve for the (Magic) Millions but she is a good filly and it looks like she has secured her place in the field now.”
Global Dream clearly benefited from the use of blinkers, scoring the first win of her career from three starts after previously showing promise with second and fifth-place finishes.
Gollan is looking forward to the Magic Millions challenge where he is hoping she will find a more suitable running position towards the front of the field.
“When she came out of the gates, she blew the start hopelessly,” he said.
“We thought she would be in the first four and getting a nice run but she ended up back second last with the favourite.”
Global Dream is a $51 chance in Magic Millions betting with Assail the favourite at $3.70.
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