Stylish Statement at Bendigo

Press Statement unveiled his second winner at Bendigo on Saturday and he did it in style with promising debutante Incredulous Dream.

Trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace and facing the starter for the first time, Incredulous Dream refused to lay down when Shiekh Hamdan’s filly Hindaam (NZ) established what appeared to be a winning break in the My Hair 2YO Plate (1100m).

Harry Coffey had played a waiting game on the newcomer.  He sat behind the leader Esprit’s Reward before angling out to chase down a three-length margin passing the furlong pole.

Incredulous Dream was the top-priced yearling from Press Statement’s first-crop when making $340,000 to Brad Spicer at the 2019 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  “She reminded me so much of Commanding Jewel that we had to have her,” Spicer explained.  “She should develop into a serious 3yo filly next season.”

Spicer had syndicated Commanding Jewel after buying her from Vinery Stud at the 2011 Gold Coast Yearling Sale and she won a Thousand Guineas Gr.1 at Caulfield.  He won a bidding duel with Sheikh Hamdan’s bloodstock adviser Angus Gold to buy Incredulous Dream on the Gold Coast.  “She was high-priority but I was worried when Angus was on her, too,” Spicer admitted.  “We will give her every chance to come good for the classics.”

Incredulous Dream is raced by the same owners as 2018 Victoria Derby Gr.1 winner Extra Brut and the grey filly also has Aquis Farm among the part-owners.  The Melbourne-based filly is the second winner for Press Statement following Spokesman at Canterbury a fortnight ago.

Press Statement’s second crop of yearlings averaged $190,000 at this year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions and Laurel Oak syndicator Louis Mihalyka bought a filly by the Vinery sire for $145,000 at last week’s Inglis Classic Sale.