Dream Ahead fine after Haydock battle

04 September 2011

DAVID Simcock this morning reported Dream Ahead to be 'pleased with himself' after emerging victorious from a three-way photo in the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock. The three-year-old Diktat colt gave a most enthralling performance in landing a hugely dramatic six-furlong showdown. He returned to winning ways after a disappointment in the Prix Mauruce de Gheest with yesterday's victory by a nose from Bated Breath and Hoof It a further head back in third. Simcock said: "We are just delighted and relieved to have got him back on track after France. That's the most pleasing thing for us as his run in Deauville left us scratching our heads a bit. "We opted for a change of tactics at Haydock - we were far more aggressive with him. With what happened in France, we wanted him to be more competitive earlier. In hindsight it was possibly the wrong thing to do but we got away with it. "At the finish, it was very hard for anyone to tell who had actually won - you only have to look at the photo to see that. "He seems fine this morning. He went out for a pick of grass and seems very pleased with himself. We'll consider two options for him - the Prix de la Foret (October 2) in France and the British Champions Series Sprint (Oct 15) at Ascot