How close can you come to winning a Group 1 race at your first attempt?

Mr Sneaky showed his tenacious ability yesterday at Caulfield in the $500K Group 1 Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m, running second whilst just getting run over in the shadows of the post!

In his first attempt at Group 1 level, Mr Sneaky was flushed out on the point of the turn, hitting the lead at the top of the straight, and having to withstand all the challenges down the entire 350m of the Caulfield straight. It did look like he could hold them off, until the effort took it's toll in the last 50m , and he was run over by his stablemate Santa Ana Lane.

What a tremendous effort it was for Mr Sneaky, in a race that was run in a time only 1 sec outside the track record.

Mr Sneaky basically had to do it at both ends of the race, he sat 4th on the very fast early pace, and still had the strength to kick away from the pack and hold off all bar one of them, leaving behind him were Group 1 performers It's Somewhat, Lucky Hussler, Scales of Juctice and Tosen Stardom.

It was a brilliant training performance by Anthony Freedman and his team, quinellaring the Group 1 with his 2 runners, unfortunately the winner was not Mr Sneaky this time!


Mr Sneaky announced his arrival at the 2017 Spring Carnival with an impressive win in the Hocking Stuart Plate over 1200m at Caulfield yesterday!

After his Autumn mishap at Scone, he was spelled immediately with the Spring riches in his sights. He thrived during his break, and on his return, a path was set to the achieve Group status during the Spring.

He kicked off in a very strong BM78, with view to building up his rating before the big Group 1 races come around in October.

He was well handled by his new jockey Mark Zahra, who just allowed him to find his feet in the early running, he snuck up along the rails down the side, just allowing him to be put in a good position to pounce once they turned into the straight. As the field turned for home, and the favourite TheAnswerMyFriend sprinted to the lead, he snuck up behind him, and between the 200m and 100m point ranged up and strode easily past him to give him an soft 2.5 length win on the line, a real smashing!

He ran the quickest 1200m on the day, and showed that he is a horse with huge upside coming into the Spring, and plans were quickly put in place to head towards the Group 1 Rupert Clarke Stakes on 1 October.

Anthony Freedman and his team prepared Mr Sneaky very well, he has more improvement to come, and he put everyone on notice that he is a serious horse!


Savvy Shields our striking 3yo daughter of All American out of the Savabeel mare Miss Savabeel won on debut today at Pakenham in the open fillies and mares maiden plate over 1200m.

Savvy was in control of the race from the start jumping well, putting herself into the leading bunch, and then taking a beautiful in transit sit behind the leader. Approaching the sweeping turn at Pakenham, Savvy was striding out nicely to the leader with plenty in hand. She swiftly went past the leader and withstood the challenege of the favourite all the way up the uphill straight, and defied them all by a length in good time.

Her time was 3 lengths quicker than the BM58 race on the same day, good signs for a filly having her first outing and with an exciting Spring ahead.

Daniel Moor rode her a perfectly, and rated her so she could hit the line strongly at her first attempt over 1200m

Lee Freedman gave her a good sounding out 2 weeks ago in her trial at Flemington, which gave us confidence that she had the tactical speed to race handy on her debut.

A great team effort all round, and a fantastic turnout of owners which made the win all the more memorable for everyone.



Columbia won the Woodbine Salutes Gwen & Bill Steinmeyer Maiden Handicap over 1200m at Warracknabeal today in impressive fashion, and got the 2017/2018 Racing Season off to a flying start for the Dream Team!

Columbia now a 3yo gelding by Denman out of the Flying Spur mare Mulu Miss was purchase from the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale.

He raced 3 times as a 2yo colt, without winning, and was gelded during the 2yo Autumn to prepare for a Spring campaign.

He was brought along slowly by Ciaron Maher, and after 2 promising trials, winning his recent trial, he was sent out for a soft kill at Warracknabeal.

From the start Linda Meech settled Columbia near last, and watched as the race unfolded in front of her, on a tight circuit, Linda decided to wait patiently on the fence at the back of the field and wait for the gaps to open in front of her. At the 400m mark, it looked a little like she would be held up behind horses, but as they straightened up and fanned, the run up the inside presented, and Columbia quickly accerelated and put the race beyond doubt and ran away of the last 100m to win convincingly.

It ended up a peach from Meech!

Columbia now has more options available to him in the early part of the Spring, before it really starts to heat up!


Ruby Sea won again today at Sandown in the Chandler Macleod BM64 Handicap for 3yo fillies over 1600m, in exciting style.

She is a filly with enormous potential and showed today that she has the scope to go onto bigger and better things.

Ruby Sea was slow to begin and lobbed out last in the big field, and with the solid pace on throughout. Luke Nolen didn't panic after the slow beginning, and allowed her to just find her feet, and get into a nice rhythm , even though she was giving the leader 15 lengths down the back straight. Ruby Sea slowly edged her way closer, and as they turned into the long Sandown straight, Luke edge his way to the outside of the group, and allowed her to make her surge towards the leaders. She lengthened so quickly between the 400m and 200m point, that she had made up 10-12 lengths, hit the lead and had the race in her keeping winning by 2.25 lengths, running home 34.80 secs for her last 600m.

Ciaron Maher quickly made the decision to set her for the 3yo fillies Rivette Series Final on Saturday 8 July over 1600m.

She is a filly that will relish the big open spaces at Flemington, and we are very excited to see how she will measure up to Saturday city grade!


Ruby Sea broke her maiden status at Cranbourne on Friday night in strong fashion.

At only her 3rd ever race start, Ruby Sea was a strongly fancied favourite, and delivered a strong performance to win the Highview Accounting 3yo Fillies Maiden Handicap over 1400m ridden by Linda Meech

Ruby Sea jumped out well, and Linda Meech allow her to settle back of midfield with cover in the 3 wide line. The pace was good, and around the 500m point Linda asked her to make up ground out wide to be challenging the leaders around the turn. As the leader kicked for home, Ruby Sea was the only challenger, and she spritned hard at the 100m to take over the lead and win strongly going away on the line.

The win was celebrated hard by a big bunch of owners on track, and watching around Australia, and signified the first win for our racing partnership with Ciaron Maher.

Ruby Sea looks to be a filly with plenty of promise going forward and the Rivette Series for 3yo fillies will be her target during the winter.

Sneaky wins No Fuss

Mr Sneaky put together back to back wins in the No Fuss Event Hire Bm78 at Caulfield on Saturday.

Sneaky was the only 3yo in the race, and he was given a great ride by Dwayne Dunn.

Plan was too try and get to the outside of the field, but it was obvious from the half way mark that Dwyane was not having any luck, getting him to the outside, so he went to Plan B, and snuck up along the rails underneath the field, as they peeled wide for home at the top of the straight, the split came, and he was within striking distance. Sneaky quickly accelerated and it was in his keeping 100m out from home and really never looked like losing once he found the gap through the field at the top of the straight.

He was 8 weeks between runs, so he was out of tickets on the line, but it was the perfect lead up run to his grand final in 2 weeks time, the $400K Scone Guineas opver 1400m for 3yos restricted to horses entered into the Inglis Race Series.

Sneaky has been handled so well by the Freedman stable, quietly stepping him up to challenges within his reach, and is really starting to put it all together now.

It will be an exciting rode trip up to Scone in 2 weeks time, and Sneaky has his chance to really put his name up in lights!

Living the Dream!

Mr Sneaky storms home!

Mr Sneaky created an exciting finish to Guineas Day at Flemington today with a barnstorming finish to win the Saintly Handicap over 1400m.

Coming off a 5 week freshen up Mr Sneaky was primed for his run on Saturday with a jump out at Flemington a week earlier!

He jumped from the outside barrier and was snagged back to the rear by new jockey Craig Williams.

Then taking a 3 wide trail Craig had Mr Sneaky ready to make his run entering the straight. The horses ahead took him into the race in the early part of the straight but then he peeled out 4 wide at the 300m to make his challenge. He progressively was making ground down the straight but still 2 lengths abreast at the 100m mark it looked like he would fall short, but over the last 50m Craig Williams lifted him and he lunged to win in the last stride.

Fantastic placement by Lee Freedman to set him for this race a few weeks ago, and with the guile of Craig Williams, we now have a winner at Flemington!

A huge group of Dreamers were on track Dream Screaming the Flemington Mounting Yard down, and it was the loudest group of owners the VRC committee has heard in the winners room all day!

A fantastic result for our owners and the Dream team, and we celebrated long and hard into the night!

The Sneaky one has alot more ahead of him, and we are looking forward to the ride ahead!

Mr Sneaky kick starts 2017

Mr Sneaky won his second start at Werribee today by a comfortable 2 lengths.

He started a warm favourite in the Tigers Clubhouse BM64 Handicap over 1100m, and gave his supporters no reasons to worry, leading and dominating the race from start to finish.

Ridden by Daniel Moor, Mr Sneaky controlled the small field from the front, and put a big space on his opponents, skipping away at the top of the straight, running home to clock a quick 1.03.74. His time was 0.7 secs quicker than the BM70 over the same distance on the day, which gives more merit to his win.

He did look the horse to beat dropping back in class from a close up 4th at Sandown his previous start.

There is a bit more in the tank for the Sneaky one, so keep watching!


Mr Sneaky dominates on debut

Mr Sneaky won the Allianz Insurance 2yo Maiden Plate over 1100m yesterday on the Geelong Synthetic track, displaying impressive speed and accerelation.

Mr Sneaky is a striking brown son of the champion sire High Chaparral, out of the multiple stakes placed Danehill mare Danesty.

Ridden by Daniel Moor, Mr Sneaky was sent out positive from the start, and rushed to the lead before the first turn. He steadied and relaxed once he cleared the field, and was given a mid race breather before turning for home, he lengthened stride and the others were quickly struggling to make any significant ground, he raced a couple of lengths clear to win the race by 2.5 lengths under his own steam, and to the cheers and roars of the Dream Team watching!

It was an impressive display from a horse that typically would need longer distances to show his best, but Mr Sneaky is a strong athletic type that really has a bull like frame.

His progress now will be keenly watched by many, as his catchy name seems to have everyone very interested in him!

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