Monday, 14 May 2012
: Tamworth-trained juvenile Outback Dream is set to cut a formidable figure on the track when she makes her race debut at Grafton Tuesday.
Her trainer Barry Lockwood says she's cantankerous, loves to bite unsuspecting handlers and for a two-year-old, tips the scales at a massive 550kg.
The equine Goliath, a daughter of Choisir
from the Commands mare Duel Command, also has the talent to a big winner on the track according to Lockwood.
“She goes good,” Lockwood said. “I think she will aim up to a decent race down the track.”
Lockwood said the filly's stature is deceptive but not her demeanour.
“She's massive for a two-year-old but doesn't look it. It's quiet amazing,” Lockwood said.
"She's a good doer without being excessive but there's plenty there to feed.
“She's a filly with attitude, a cranky cow at times.
“She likes to be the boss. If you're not paying attention she'll have a crack at you.".
Outback Dream gave an early indication of her ability when she won an 800m barrier trial at Newcastle on December 19.
“She trialled really well," Lockwood said.
"She won with her head on her chest and ran the equal quickest of the day.
"I put her straight out. She's been back in work about 11 weeks.
“Ideally I would have liked to trial her again but things haven't worked out that way.
“My fear is she may be a touch underdone.
“In saying that she's capable of winning. The last 100m will be her test.
“Whatever she does she'll improve on.”
Lockwood said her debut will be her first step towards the Grafton July carnival as it will give her valuable experience on the Grafton track.
Outback Dream faces some handy rivals including locally-trained Murphy No More, a Grafton trial winner and talented Murwillumbah filly Road To Malta, second on debut at Ipswich in January.