Derby Dream alive despite nibbles from buyers
KEMBLA trainer Kerry Parker says there have been "many" international offers to buy Rough Habit winner Dark Dream, but is hopeful any potential sale does not derail his Queensland Derby campaign.
Parker missed Dark Dream's Rough Habit win on Saturday because his flight was cancelled, but spoke to jockey Tim Clark on race morning and confirmed their intentions to ride him like the best horse in the race.
Parker trains just 12 horses at the moment and Dark Dream is the star of the team, which has inevitably attracted offers to buy the horse to race in Hong Kong.
"The owners did get a little wobbly at one stage, but they have stuck solid and so far so good," Parker said on Sunday.
"But I don't think the offers are finished yet.
"Fingers crossed I hope (he's not sold before the Derby). That's his aim (but) if he is to be sold, he is to be sold.
"They can get silly money for a three-year-old gelding, so you have to weigh it up.
"I know if I owned him he would probably be sold because it probably changes my life.
"If it changes your life you've got it in your pocket and away you go and if it doesn't change your life, go and enjoy the racing."
Parker said Dark Dream has been a slow maturing horse and that's why he targeted Queensland, rather than push earlier for the Sydney autumn.
"He's still very raw. I don't think we've hit the top yet. He's still a work in progress," he said.
"He's kept taking the steps all the way along. This trip away will mature him and next preparation we might get to exactly where his ability takes him."
Newcastle trainer Ben Smith reported that Doomben 10,000 flop In Her Time had pulled up fine on Saturday and will press on to the Stradbroke.
Stewards reported the mare was sore in both front fetlocks, but Smith said there was no issue.
Instead, he put her failure down to five weeks between runs and a track that In Her Time didn't really appreciate.
"We will get her back home and do our due diligence, but maybe this is just a bit of a bogey race," he said.
"On face value it doesn't look pretty and she's better than that. The track was a bit patchy and she wasn't comfortable."