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The world is Live In The Dream’s oyster after proving he can operate at the top level when fourth in the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita.

LIVE IN THE DREAM (pink silks) winning the Nunthorpe Stakes at York in England.
LIVE IN THE DREAM (pink silks) winning the Nunthorpe Stakes at York in England. Picture: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Adam West-trained five-year-old flew onto the sprinting scene with an emphatic victory in last year's Nunthorpe Stakes, handing both his trainer and jockey Sean Kirrane a landmark first Group 1 success.

West made the decision to prepare for a Breeders' Cup tilt in America and the gelding showed excellent early speed before fading to fourth in the Grade 2 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland over five-and-a-half furlongs.

He demonstrated the same gate speed when leading through the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, driving hard in the final stages to finish one-and-a-quarter lengths fourth behind the winner Nobals.

"It took him a bit of time to unwind from the Breeders' Cup, he was physically quite tired from the journey on the way back," West said.

"It took a lot longer for him to be able to switch off but now he's been able to do that, he has really benefited from it.

"We split the season last year to get more racing out of him, but now we're hoping for loftier targets and less racing – obviously we can't go to Lingfield and Pontefract anymore!

"He spelled at Hen Knight's and he's come back really well, in my opinion he is the best physically and mentally that I've ever seen him.

"There's a good bit of condition on him that still needs to come off, and we're hoping to start him out in the Temple Stakes in May.

"The main aim will be the Nunthorpe and he's probably going to be campaigned with that in mind, hopefully with the added bonus of going to America."

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