Dreamforce set for last hurrah
Grand campaigner Dreamforce will be retired at the end of the spring but not before the rising nine-year-old Group 1 winner is given one more preparation to demonstrate his customary courage at the highest level.
John Thompson's veteran will step out in a barrier trial at Randwick on Monday in a low-key start to his final racing preparation in which he will target The Winx Stakes at Randwick on 21st August.
It will be the first-up run for the veteran, a winner of 13 of his 39 starts and $2.5 million in prize-money.
"He has been looked after his whole career. He's never had too many runs in a preparation and he is still a very sound horse," Thompson told ANZ Bloodstock News.
"That has got him racing in his later years. He is a horse who didn't race too much early. I don't think he raced at all at two. He had his first start at three and I think that is why he has had longevity.
"He has also been placed very well. He's gradually raced through his grades and his last couple of years have been very pleasing."
Despite Dreamforce being in the twilight of his career, Thompson believes the gelding will be more than just making up the numbers this preparation.
He said: "His grand final last prep was the George Ryder (when runner-up to Think It Over), which he all but won, and that proved he is still at the elite level and hopefully he can repeat that and he will go close to winning something again."