Here’s Dreaming is punching well above her weight for Ascot trainer Luke Fernie while he’s overseeing the stable’s interstate team in Melbourne.
Fernie has Shaddow Fear (Sioux Nation) and Wild Belle (Pride Of Dubai) coming off last-start losses in separate races down the straight at Flemington when they were beaten a length and change on the wrong side of the course.
Wild Belle has been nominated for the G3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley this Saturday, however, Fernie’s Perth Stakes-winner Laced Up Heels (Toronado) has been sent for a spell in Victoria after working home for a midfield finish in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).
Back home a few hours after the Flemington Group 1 meeting, William Pike rode the perfect race on Here’s Dreaming (Photo / Western Racepix) to get the verdict in the $100,000 Westspeed Platinum Autumn Final (1200m).
The 4yo daughter of Yarradale Stud sire War Chant (USA) was buried in traffic coming the corner leaving Pike with the option of staying on the rails or waiting for a gap three off the fence. He stayed put and she split runners with a late turn of foot to win by a short half-head from Desert Vixen (Rommel).
“She was actually travelling too well on the bend,” Pike reported. “It helps when you have one that can kick like that and I just shut my eyes and we were lucky in the end. But I suppose if you don’t ride for luck you don’t get any.”
Luke’s father Peter Fernie was confident saddling Here’s Dreaming and so were punters who backed her into favouritism.
“We’ve been very happy with her at home but I thought I would get a serve on the phone when she was getting held up,” Luke’s father Peter Fernie said. “I had no idea where Willie was going and I’m just glad he was riding.
“It’s also great Peter (Fleay) and the other owners. They had Senoreta Benita with me and, when she had enough racing, we swapped her for this mare when she was a weanling.”
Senoreta Benita (Scandal Keeper) won 12 races in Kalgoorlie and Esperance including The Goldrush (1200m) in 2019 but died from a snake-bite not long after retiring to stud.
Here’s Dreaming will make a more than capable replacement as a broodmare. She was bred at Yarradale Stud and is the only foal of Amongstgoodcompany (Encosta De Lago). Second-dam Lady Belvedere (Royal Academy) won a LR Colonel Reeves Stakes (1200m) for Peters Investments and is a half-sister to their G1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) winner Old Nick (Old Spice).