Danehill Express capped a running double on Saturday with Dream Lifter in the LR Cyril Flower Stakes (1200m).
The Mungrup Stud resident sired North Ridge to win the Australian Chinese Times Trophy (1500m) before Dream Lifter became his fourth stakes winner in the feature sprint at Ascot.
Dream Lifter sprinted to a winning lead at the top of the straight and then denied fellow Mungrup Stud bred galloper Red Ora in a head-bobbing finish. “He’s a quality horse and that was a courageous effort to hold off Red Ora,” jockey Mitch Pateman said. “He’s switched on now and I’ve got a pretty big opinion of him.”
Dream Lifter (6g Danehill Express – Ebony Storm by Metal Storm) is prepared by Pateman’s uncle Paul Hunter and was coming off a comprehensive victory in the $100,000 Mungrup Stud Sprint (1300m) at Mt Barker last month.
The Cyril Flower result improved his career stats to 8 wins in 18 starts for more than $416,700 in prizemoney. He’s a homebred for Great Southern owners Gary Cummins and Neville Matthews and is from their LR Jungle Mist Classic winner Ebony Storm.
“I would have been happy running in the first three,” Cummins said. “We’ve got the advantage of the cooler weather and the beach down at Albany but it’s balanced out by the five-hour float trip to Perth.”
Danehill Express (Danehill) has five yearlings from Mungrup Stud entered for the Perth Magic Millions this week including Lot 153 (Colt ex Stellar Storm) and Lot 295 (Filly ex Dream Of Storms) who are bred on the same Metal Storm cross as Dream Lifter.