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Sir Michael Stoute’s horses are renowned for improving with age and Dream Of Dreams seems no exception.
He ended 2018, then four, looking fairly exposed (three wins from 19 races) and with a rating of 109 but in the past two seasons has taken his form to another level.
The memory of narrow defeats in the past two renewals of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot were erased when he deservedly struck in Group 1 company in the 2020 Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock Park.
Partnered by Oisin Murphy, he won at the main expense of Glen Shiel and Golden Horde, who also won Group 1 sprints in the same season.
Dream Of Dreams went off the 5/2 favourite, having previously routed the opposition in the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury.
Earlier in the year, he had been beaten a head by Hello Youmzain in the Diamond Jubilee.
Twelve months earlier, the gelding had been beaten the same distance by Blue Point. He finished with a flourish and in another stride or two would have denied the Godolphin horse his famous Ascot sprint double.
“It would have been nicer if there had been one more stride but we are delighted,” trainer Sir Michael Stoute said at the time, before pointing to why he had improved. “He’s become calmer and he’s saving his energy.”
Three runs in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes have ended in disappointment but he will get another chance to put the record straight in 2021.