Dreamer off for a rest after terrific Flemington win

May 06, 2017

Crystal Dreamer has headed off for a well-earned break after his fighting win at Flemington.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra have had the sprinter in work form some time but the son of Stratum notched his second win in his last three starts in the Sports Handicap (1000m).

Andrew Mallyon took over aboard Crystal Dreamer and gave the four-year-old the perfect run, trailing the speed before he sprinted hard to win the $100,000 race by a neck.

Crystal Dreamer’s win completed a Flemington double for Ellerton Zahra Racing as well as the hard-working rider Andrew Mallyon, who has been a part of the team for many years.

"I was apprenticed to Matty and Simon," Mallyon said. "I still do trials for them and help out when I can.

"I owe them a lot."

Crystal Dreamer chased the handy Perth galloper Malibu Style at stakes level at Caulfield at his previous outing but Mallyon was confident his mount could reverse that result down the Flemington straight track.

"I was very confident coming into today with him," Mallyon said.

"I didn't think there was anything between him and Malibu Style but I had a weight swing today of two kilos and I was always going to get a nice run in behind him.

"The 1000 metres is a good distance for him and it all just worked very well for him."

Zahra said Crystal Dreamer would head to the paddock for a break before returning for feature sprints early in the new season.

Crystal Dreamer’s latest win was his eighth in 16 starts while the $55,000 winner’s cheque took his stakes tally to more than $297,000.

Congratulations to Crystal Dreamer’s owners and all involved with the smart sprinter’s latest win.