Dream Lifter skips Colonel Reeves Stakes

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Albany galloper Dream Lifter will bypass Saturday’s Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) and is likely to head into the $1 million Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) second-up for trainer Paul Hunter.

Hunter and connections had considered a second-up assignment in the Colonel Reeves for their star sprinter after his impressive third when resuming in the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1000m) at Ascot on November 4.

The likely target for Dream Lifter now is to head straight into the Winterbottom Stakes on December 2, which still has a field of 48 entrants.

Hunter said the time between runs and how his Danehill Express gelding pulled up were major factors in their decision not to enter the Colonel Reeves Stakes.

“It was a bit close and we are really happy with the way he pulled up and the way he’s going,” Hunter said.

“I don’t think we will have a problem getting a run (in the Winterbottom) it will just be about the quality that’s coming. At this stage we are not sure what’s coming over from the east.

“We will see what happens in the Colonel Reeves and what turns up from the east and make our minds up later on.

“We have got a few options up our sleeve.”

The Winterbottom Stakes is part of Perth Racing’s 2017 TABtouch Masters carnival, which begins next Saturday with the $1 million Group 1 Railways Stakes and $500,000 Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m).

Albany youngster Three Secrets won’t have another start before the WA Guineas, trainer Steve Wolfe also electing to run second-up in the feature race. Three Secrets won impressively at Ascot over 1500m on October 28 in his third career start and jockey Shaun McGruddy is expected to take the ride in the Guineas.

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