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Dream Ahead Upends Goldikova in Foret

FRENCH racegoers were denied the fond farewell they were hoping for in the Prix de la Foret as the great Goldikova was touched off by Dream Ahead (David Simcock/William Buick), who landed the fifth Group 1 of his career after a thrilling finish.

The son of Diktat will not race next season and may haverun his last race.

Owner Khalifa Dasmal has sold part of him to American investment group SF Bloodstock and Ballylinch Stud, whose manager John O'Connor said: "We'll now have a discussion. It's likely that was his final race, but nothing is certain as the horse is fairly fresh, sound and at the peak of his form.

"He won't race next season, but he does have options this year like the Breeders' Cup and Hong Kong so we'll see."
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I think hat she is running against better horses his year. Other than Makfi, Paco Boy was he best horse she ran against last year. This year she has run against Canford Cliffs, Immortal Verse and Dream Ahead. IMO they are more in Makfi's league than Paco Boy's. But she seems to love American tracks and American racing and you can't say that about all Euros. She will be a tough bet against here, unless you feel she is going to go off form.
I think Goldikova is better around 2 turns too. Plus, she gets a better pace to run at in the USA. In Europe, she is normally very close to the pace because its so slow. Also, in the Prix De la Foret it seemed as she made the lead too soon while Dream Ahead was allowed to buy his time along the outside. She gave a winning effort, so my confidence in her chances to win the BC mile hasn't waivered.
Quite frankly, I didn't think Dream Ahead beating Goldikova in the Prix De la Foret was as big of an upset as a lot of analyst made it out to be. It's not as if Goldikova was beaten by some nag in Dream Ahead. We're talking about a horse in Dream Ahead that broke his maiden by 9+ length's first time out at Nottingham racetrack in the UK, and then became a G1 stakes winner in just his second lifetime start. When he shipped to Deauville, France and won the G1 Prix Morny over 6f. Going into the Prix De la Foret, Dream Ahead already had 4 G1 win's over 6f, and he also finished his 2yr.old season in 2010 tied with Frankel for the highest official rating from Timeform among 2yr.old's. Dream Ahead's rating for his G1 Middle Park Stakes win, and Frankel for his G1 Dewhurst Stakes win. I'm not saying I agree with the ratings, but I also don't work for Timeform. All that said about Dream Ahead, I still wouldn't completely write off Goldikova's chances of winning a 4th BC Mile. Although I will admit she looks more vulnerable in this one than any of the other 3 BC Mile's that she's won. But Goldikova's saving grace in the race may come in the form of something I've heard a lot racing analyst say about her over the years. In Europe and America. That although Goldikova's raced far less in America than she has in Europe. She may actually be more effective on American racetracks, because she seems to run a mile better going around turns than she does on the straight mile track's in Europe. I tend to agree with that comment. Because when you watch Goldikova in her previous BC Mile win's, she explodes around turns in those races. It seems to be where she's able to put distance between herself and the competition. Coming off of turns.

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