THE stable saddled a first winner for new patron Dr Michael Tang when Dreamuponadream (photo) stormed home to win a Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1200m at Clairwood on Wednesday. In his third visit to the racetrack, Kang’s two-year-old gelding by Judpot put three lengths between himself and the runner-up.
“This won’t be this one’s last win,” Mike de Kock said on Wednesday evening of Dreamuponadream, who was twice beaten when backed to favourite during May. “He’s always showed us good work and he’s improved more after being gelded. He’s a smart sort, I think he has a future!”
Dreamuponadream, pictured in full stride at the 2013 Ready To Run gallops. (www.summerhill.co.za).
Mike congratulated his winning owner and told: “Dr Tang is based in Hong Kong, he is in the fashion business. I met him by chance at the Summerhilll Ready To Run Sale in 2013. He picked Dreamuponadream himself and paid R400,000 to secure him. He walked up to me out of the blue and asked if I would train the horse.
“Dr Tang took us to lunch when we were in Hong Kong to saddle Variety Club recently. He’s a big supporter of SA racing and he’s keen on getting more involved. He’s another example of a buyer ready to invest in our industry. The floodgates will open once we get the export protocols sorted out.”