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The £430,000 paid for Forever In Dreams at the Goffs’ London Sale on the eve of Royal Ascot proved money well spent when she finished second to Advertise in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup just four days later.
Her valuation is now well ahead of that purchase price, but no less importantly she provided the fledgling Phoenix Ladies’ Syndicate with a fabulous entrée to European racing.
Created last year, as a division of Phoenix Thoroughbreds, it enjoyed success in Dubai during the winter, and decided it was ready to spread its wings outside of the Emirates.
The syndicate is headed Pamela Cordina, who was born in Malta and lives in Dubai.
Ironically, the horse who beat Forever In Dreams was Advertise – owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds, the brainchild of Amer Abdulaziz.
He won by one and a half lengths, and there was a further head back to third-placed Hello Youmzain. The Evens favourite Ten Sovereigns was only fourth.
Forever In Dreams was bred by Con Marnane, and raced by him until the sale.
Initially his filly was trained by Matthieu Palussiere in France, and she was seventh in last year’s Windsor Castle Stakes, but only a length and a quarter behind the winner.
She was then switched to Aidan Fogarty’s stable in the spring, and he saddled her to win the Listed Cecil Frail Stakes before her sales’ ring appearance.
Fogarty, who is based in Bansha, between Cashel and Tipperary town, said: “That was brilliant – my first Royal Ascot runner. I’m delighted for myself and the Phoenix teams who own this filly and the winner.
“It suited me when Con asked me to train her – I’m a Jump trainer who has some pointers, and a few Flat horses, but nothing else as good as this filly. She was fifth in a Listed race at Cork on her first start for me, and then she won at Haydock. I’ve had just two runners in Britain, and she was both of them.
“It would be lovely to keep her, but it will be up to her new owners.”
Ms Cordina said: “It’s a pinch-me moment. I’m in a daze and very happy. I was at the sale on Monday – we had studied her page, and noticed there was a lot of black type in her family and a lot of sprinters.
“The Phoenix Ladies were looking for a horse like this and I’m so glad we bought her. This was the first horse to race outside of Dubai, and what a place to start.”
Forever In Dreams ran below-par next time in the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock but on her latest start she finished a fine third in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint when a 66/1 chance.
Ridden by Jamie Spencer, she finished strongly to fill the placings in the six-furlong event behind Donjuan Triumphant and One Master.
A delighted Fogarty said: “That was a brilliant performance. She is a horse we have always thought the world of and we are delighted with her.
“She enjoys this ground and Jamie gave her a great ride. Forever In Dreams is such an exciting filly to train and hopefully there is plenty more to come.
“As a three-year-old filly in a competitive Group 1 sprint at Ascot, this was a huge run.”
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