Crystal completes hat trick in Dream run

Jan 07, 2017

Crystal Dreamer took his winning streak to Caulfield in Saturday’s Raymond Deagon Handicap (1200m).

The Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained galloper started his campaign with a win at Werribee on December 11 before making it two in a row with a solid Sandown success on Christmas Eve.

The four-year-old jumped from BM78 to BM84 grade in his Caulfield assignment but got home for his sixth win in 12 starts in tradesmanlike fashion.

Andrew Mallyon positioned Crystal Dreamer, who started as the $2.80 favourite, behind the speed before getting the best out of the son of Stratum in the last 200m to beat Atlantic City ($12) by a neck with the early pacesetter Danuki ($6) another head away third.

Mallyon and Crystal Dreamer combined for their fourth win in five attempts but the jockey said the gelding still had some improvement to come.

“He’s a bit quirky. He does a couple of little things wrong but there’s a bit of upside about him,” Mallyon said.

“The penny definitely hasn’t dropped and it will bice to see when he furnishes and we see the best of him.

“It’s exciting and he’s in at the right time of year to go through his grades and once he furnishes, he’s going to be a lovely gelding.”

Zahra said the stable would keep Crystal Dreamer, who was written off as a racing proposition due to sesamoiditis as a yearling, going through his grades to capitalise on the sprinter’s peak run of form.

“He hasn’t been the soundest of horses and we’ve taken our time with him,” Zahra said

“We’ll keep going with him for sure. He’s the sort of horse you can go and freshen him up at some stage.

“They are not easy to get fit all the time because they have got their problems so while they’re fit, you keep them going.”

Crystal Dreamer’s latest win took his stakes tally to more than $174,000.