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Seeking My Dream in record time

Published:Sunday | July 10, 2016 | 7:00 AMOrville Clarke
SEEKING MY DREAM (Omar Walker up) walking to the winners' enclosure after clocking a stakes record 1:23.3 in the Eros Trophy feature over 1400 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Reigning 'Horse of the Year' SEEKING MY DREAM confirmed his status as the country's best thoroughbred with an empathic victory in stakes record time in the Eros Trophy grade one feature over 1,400 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Installed a 1-4 favourite, with former champion jockey Omar Walker riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, SEEKING MY DREAM beat the reigning champion sprinter POKER STAR (his speedy stable-companion) by nine lengths in a field of six, clocking a fast 1:23.3 to erase the previous stakes record of 1:23.4 held by WANTIN AN HAVIN since December 1998.

His time, however, was four-fifths of a second outside the track record held by none other than two-time 'Horse of the Year' EROS, in whose honour the race was run. EROS, champion sprinter on five occasions in the nineties, and, at one time, the holder of four track records, has held the record since December, 1994.

But while SEEKING MY DREAM is yet to emulate the impressive record of Eros, he's getting there.

 

BEST HORSE IN THE COUNTRY

 

According to DaCosta: "He's the best horse in the country ... by far," he declared. "Poker Star is a very good horse, but he's just a sprinter, and going seven furlongs, Seeking My Dream was the horse to beat. Right now, he could well have established himself as the best horse since Miracle Man in 2005," said DaCosta, who swept the first four places, with the 2015 champion stayer PERFECT NEIGHBOUR finishing third and HOVER CRAFT, fourth.

A 4-y-o chestnut colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 'Horse of the Year' Alsafra, SEEKING MY DREAM is owned by Member of Parliament Derrick Smith and bred by Sherman Clachar and Norman Gordon.

THE 2015 Derby and Diamond Mile winner has now won eight races from 15 starts with $16.3 million in stakes. The Superstakes and second running of the $13.5 million Diamond Mile are his main objectives this season.

Meanwhile, since disqualifying Cal's derby winner, FUTURE KING, on June 25, the raceday stewards have been quite busy, taking it a step further by disqualifying two winners on the card - SIR BUDGET at 23-1 in the opening race over the straight and MR. GRAND NATIONAL at 5-1 in the fourth - both for interference in the straight. On the previous Saturday, the stewards axed first past the post NEVER GIVE UP in the second race.