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Dark Dream dominant in Rough Habit Plate

  • Sun, 13 May 2018
  • Stephen Rodgers

Tim Clark ended a memorable Doomben 10,000 day with a flourish when he rode Dark Dream to a runaway win in the Gr. 3 Rough Habit Plate.

Dark Dream, the $2.45 favourite, overcame the outside alley in the 15-horse field with ease to outclass his rivals by four lengths.

The gelding completed a feature-race double for Clark, who scored one race earlier in the Gr. 1 Doomben 10,000 aboard English.

Clark said Dark Dream won't be troubled by the extra 200 metres of the Gr. 1 Queensland Derby at Doomben on June 9.

"He was really strong at the end of the race and is a true stayer," Clark said. "The talent is definitely there, even though he hasn't put it all together yet."

Dark Dream was ridden aggressively by Clark to sit outside the early leader Hang turning out of the straight the first time.

"You can't sit on him and look too pretty. You have to ride him a bit ugly, but coming to the turn he was travelling really strongly and in the straight put them away in a couple of strides."

Jockey Glyn Schofield said Higher Ground ($4.60) performed up to expectations but was simply no match for Dark Dream.

"I hadn't spent a penny on him during the run and when I got out at the right time I was full of running, but not enough, unfortunately, to catch the winner," Schofield said.

Dark Dream is the $3.50 favourite for the Derby ahead of the Darren Weir-trained Lucky For All, who scored at Caulfield yesterday despite racing erratically in the final stages.