SATURDAY night’s New South Wales Trotters’ Oaks certainly has an international flavour to it.
Attracting a solid field of youngsters, the Tabcorp Park Menangle-based feature will host fillies bred in four countries!
Along with four Australians, the Group One includes two New Zealanders, an America and a ‘Frenchy’.
Dream Island represents the European bloodline, with the three-year-old by Love You from grand producer, Island Dream, which boasts eight winners from 10 starters.
Island Dream’s progeny include Italian Derby winner Infinitif, the Group One placed Not Disturb and Group placed mare Viva Island.
As for the matron’s latest offering, Dream Island is unbeaten from two starts for Victorian-based trainer Anton Golino, who has a high opinion of the squaregaiter.
“She can develop into something very special,” Golino said. “She is at least 12 months away from her best as she is bred to Northern Hemisphere time and only really turned three recently, which makes her six months younger than the others. That’s why I have taken my time with her.
“Pat(Driscoll) bought her at the sale in Deaville in France and she is a super bred, beautiful filly.”
Drawn barrier five, Dream Island will be joined by stablemates Pizza Queen and Courcheval, which will begin from seven and eight.
Pizza Queen is American-bred, while Courcheval hails from the Shaky Isles.
“Pizza Queen is also bred to Northern Hemisphere time, so is younger than the rest as well,” Golino said. “She can’t do the work that the other two can, but if they go hard up front she can come home strongly.
“Courcheval has a big motor, and although she can do things wrong, she is a very nice filly, which is heading in the right direction.”
In what shapes as a busy night for Golino, he also has Duchess Ella engaged in the La Coocaracha Trot on the same card, while Sval Queen and Nieta will tackle the Empire Stallion Home Grown Classic at Tabcorp Park Melton.
“The draw isn’t great for Duchess Ella as I would have preferred to be inside five, but she is good within herself and ready to run a good race,” Golino said. “I won’t be heading to Menangle as I’ll stay home with the two babies at Melton.”
- PAUL COURTS