By Simon Jackson at Lingfield.
Richard Kingscote praised the character of Dreams Of Reality after she showed plenty of fight to win impressively, the victory all the more notable as she is partially blind in one eye.
Headgear that completely covers the affected eye is utilised and clearly works well, on the three-year-old who travelled in the midfield before challenging a furlong out and keeping on well to score impressively.
The one and a quarter length victory in the Citipost Ltd Fillies’ Handicap at Lingfield Park’s mixed turf and all-weather meeting was the Tom Dascombe-trained runner’s second in three starts.
“She is a little sweetheart,” Kingscote said after the Class 5, six furlong contest. “She does everything you would ask for and she was always travelling nicely.
“She is partially blind in one eye so they cover the whole thing up. She is trained in this headgear every day and obviously suffers no ill effects.
“She is straight and true. The only trouble we have is if a horse just in front of you she can’t see heels, so you have to be a bit extra careful. But she is a nicer ride that 80% of horses. She is as good as gold.
“Her confidence is not a problem. The first time in the stalls, she had a little worry, and again today she just missed it a little bit, but she is still a baby and is going the right way.”
Dreams Of Reality posted her victory in the shortest race of the day; 60 minutes after the well-supported Dovils Date belied a lengthy absence from the flat to land the longest contest on the card, a 14 furlong Class 5.
The Tim Vaughan-trained gelding was having his first run on the flat for 628 days, but was clearly fancied by connections after winning over hurdles on his reappearance at Newton Abbott last month.
The six-length victory was the third in five starts since he was purchased by the six-strong ‘Itsfuninit’ syndicate who purchased the five-year-old grey after the death of his previous owner.
“He’s had a good old look around to be fair, but once I gave him a flick he has won nicely,” jockey David Probert said.
Another to impress on Wednesday’s seven race card was the William Haggas-trained Gold Approach who benefitted from a step up to 11 and a half furlongs to land the Class 5 maiden by five lengths for Silvestre De Sousa.
“She is a nice relaxed filly and she travelled well,” De Sousa said. “The step up in trip suited her and she might step up again later in the season, but this distance is perfect for her now.”
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