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Dream Hour earns prominent owners Stradbroke slot

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Australian Bloodstock earn chance to swap or slot in Stradbroke Handicap with Gateway victory.

DREAM HOUR winning the The Star Gateway.
DREAM HOUR winning the The Star Gateway. Picture: Michael McInally/Racing Queensland

A win with a difference in the $300,000 feature, The Gateway, at Eagle Farm with the Kris Lees-trained Dream Hour's victory in the 1400-metre event earning Australian Bloodstock the newly introduced slot in Queensland's premier race in June.

Winning the December feature, The Gateway, means that either the winner – Dream Hour – has earned a ballot exempt spot in the $3 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), or Australian Bloodstock can select another horse under their ownership, or negotiate with another nominated runner to start in the race as long as it is in the top 40-ranked of those entered.

Dream Hour ($17), ridden by Andrew Mallyon, swooped late and drew away to score by 2½-lengths over Midnight In Tokyo ($4.80) and Warby ($26) a ½-length away in third.

Mallyon said that clear air was all that he needed and got just that when plotting a path down the centre of the course.

The application of blinkers sharpened the four-year-old gelding, but it is the slot towards the Stradbroke that is the key more than the win itself.

"He was quite impressive today," Lees said.

"It gives us something to look forward to next year."

Mallyon agreed adding that this fourth career win in 15 starts can be a platform for more to come.

"He's a really nice horse," Mallyon said.

"I wanted to wait a bit longer but I was going that well before the turn and he got stronger and stronger up the straight."

Lees' win in The Gateway followed his win at Randwick with Loch Eagle's win in Group 2 The Ingham (1600m) worth $2 million.

Lees won the Summer Provincial Series Final (1300m) earlier on the Eagle Farm card with Willinga Freefall.


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Eagle Farm

Saturday, 09th December 2023

8
16:28
(local)

THE STAR GATEWAY

Age: 4yo Type: OPEN
AUD $300,000
1400m TURF GOOD
8
16:28
(local)
AUD $300,000
1400m GOOD

THE STAR GATEWAY

Age: 4yo Type: OPEN


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 6. DREAM HOUR (AUS) 4yo G
DAWN APPROACH (IRE) - AMBIVALENT (AUS)
ANDREW MALLYON
KRIS LEES
$17
57kg
Australian Bloodstock (Mgr: L Murrell), Schooner Racing, B.J & A.K Paterson, Dream Hour (Mgr: J Lovett), G & M Barnett Racing, J Woodbridge, C J Woodbridge, C J Woodbridge, S Roth, J Noblett, N Noblett, B Phyland, W O'Shea, M Cant, B Brogan, J P Hunter, S A Baker, R Chilov, J Mlikota & T Needham

Sales Information

2nd 15. MIDNIGHT IN TOKYO (AUS) 4yo M
KOBAYASHI (AUS) - ORABELLE (AUS)
BAILEY WHEELER
ANNABEL NEASHAM
$4.5
55kg
D J Mckenzie & Mrs M E Mckenzie

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3rd 8. WARBY (AUS) 4yo G
HELLBENT (AUS) - SPEEDBOAT (AUS)
ROBBIE DOLAN
TONY GOLLAN
$26
57kg
S Hedge, Dr T Brennan, R Dall'Alba, P Brennan, C Douglas, G Read, K Hood, J Millman, W Gazal, A Eskander, J Richards, L Matthews, D Barham, N Jearman, M McLean, Standover Tactics (Mgr: A Corby), Izzet Racing (Mgr: H Izzet), Iskander Racing & Breeding (Mgr: S Iskander) & SMD Racing (Mgr: S Davidson)

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4th 5. FREEDOM RALLY (AUS) 4yo G
RUBICK (AUS) - IPIOGA (AUS)
JAMES ORMAN
TONY GOLLAN
$3
57kg
5th 11. DEER TRAIL (AUS) 4yo G
DISSIDENT (AUS) - DEER MOUNTAIN (AUS)
JUSTIN HUXTABLE
TONY GOLLAN
$13
57kg

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6th 13. EKATERINA (AUS) 4yo M
RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (AUS) - FUNTANTES (AUS)
MARTIN HARLEY
ROBERT HEATHCOTE
$6
55kg
7th 1. THE VOWELS (AUS) 4yo G
BETTER THAN READY (AUS) - MAREEZA (AUS)
CEJAY GRAHAM
TOBY & TRENT EDMONDS
$21
57kg

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8th 3. STANDING ORDER (AUS) 4yo G
MERCHANT NAVY (AUS) - BRUGAL REWARD (AUS)
BEN THOMPSON
TONY GOLLAN
$15
57kg

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9th 9. EPICUS (AUS) 4yo G
CAPITALIST (AUS) - KISS MOON (USA)
TAYLOR MARSHALL
KRISTEN BUCHANAN
$81
57kg

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10th 12. HOUSTON ROCKET (AUS) 4yo G
SEBRING (AUS) - SISTER PHENOMENON (AUS)
KYLE WILSON-TAYLOR
CHRIS MUNCE
$201
57kg

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11th 10. JOHN RAMBO (AUS) 4yo G
ADELAIDE (IRE) - QUEEN CORA (AUS)
RYAN MALONEY
TONY GOLLAN
$9.5
57kg

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12th 7. COCOBREW EXPRESS (AUS) 4yo G
SPILL THE BEANS (AUS) - HELLO I LOVE YOU (AUS)
DALE SMITH
RYAN TYRELL
$201
57kg

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13th 16. SUNSET SOIREE (AUS) 4yo M
DEEP FIELD (AUS) - SOIREE (AUS)
ANGELA JONES
TONY GOLLAN
$26
55kg

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14th 4. COUNT DA BEANS (AUS) 4yo G
SPILL THE BEANS (AUS) - POSTPONEMENT (AUS)
DAMIEN THORNTON
TONY GOLLAN
$21
57kg

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15th 18. SEVENTIES HIT (AUS) 4yo G
YOUR SONG (AUS) - RAHEIGHTS (AUS)
Jag Guthmann-Chester
ANGELA PLUMB
$301
57kg

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