Trainer Darren Weir has confirmed that May’s Dream will contest the Group 1 2013 Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington tomorrow but admits that it is difficult to see his filly turning the tables on Wakeful Stakes winner Kirramosa.
May’s Dream went into the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday as the clear favourite in 2013 Crown Oaks betting markets, after finishing second behind Guelph in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m), but was outstayed by Kirramosa who ran away from the rest of the field to record a comfortable victory.
Weir told RSN that May’s Dream had recovered fairly from her run in the Wakeful Stakes but said there was very little condition left on the small-framed filly that has already had four starts during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival.
“She seems ok and she has just been down at the beach poking around,” Weir said.
“She seems fine in the action and she has eaten quiet well.
“There is no reason why she shouldn’t be running, but she is a very light filly now.
“She was pretty light on Saturday, it certainly tightened her up a bit more, and there is not much left of her now.”
May’s Dream was able to battle home to finish second in the Wakeful Stakes and Weir is hopeful that the daughter of New Approach will produce an improved effort in the 2013 Crown Oaks but believes that John Sargent-trained Kirramosa is clearly the horse to beat.
“I thought she ran honest and I reckon that she will be better next time,” Weir said.
“She didn’t show any brilliance on Saturday and was able to get home in second but it is hard to see her turning the tables on the winner.”
Weir has always believed that May’s Dream would be a better horse in the autumn and he said that he considered sending the filly to the spelling paddock but pushed on to the Crown Oaks at the request of owner Worrall Dunn, who owns 2003 Melbourne Cup runner-up She’s Archie and bred May’s Dream.
“There was quite a bit of thought put into it,” Weir said.
“Worrell is not in good health and he was keen for us to push on if we could so, we have decided to go down that road.”
May’s Dream is currently on the third line of 2013 Crown Oaks betting markets behind Kirramosa ($3.10) and Guy Walter-trained Zanbagh ($4.40).