Oasis Dream

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Oasis Dream
Racing silks of Khalid Abdullah.svg
Racing colours of Khalid Abdullah
Sire Green Desert
Grandsire Danzig
Dam Hope
Damsire Dancing Brave
Sex Stallion
Foaled 30 March 2000
Country United Kingdom
Colour Bay
Breeder Juddmonte Farms
Owner Khalid Abdullah
Trainer John Gosden
Record 9:4-2-1
Earnings £433,737
Major wins
Middle Park Stakes (2002)
July Cup (2003)
Nunthorpe Stakes (2003)
Awards
European Champion Sprinter (2003)

Oasis Dream (foaled 30 March 2000) is retired thoroughbred racehorse and active sire who was bred and trained in the United Kingdom. He was the highest-rated two-year-old in the 2002 European flat racing season and won the Cartier Racing Award for European Champion Sprinter in 2003.[1]

Background[edit]

Oasis Dream, a bay horse with a white star standing 15.3 hands high,[2] was bred by his owner's Juddmonte Farm stud. He was sired by Green Desert out of the Dancing Brave mare Hope.

Green Desert finished second to Dancing Brave in the 2000 Guineas and became a leading sprinter, winning the July Cup. Apart from Oasis Dream, he sired the winners of over 1,000 races, including Desert Prince, Sheikh Albadou and Cape Cross, the sire of Sea The Stars.[3] Oasis Dream's dam, Hope was a sister of the Irish Oaks winner Wemyss Bight, and was also the dam of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Zenda.

He is inbred to the stallions Northern Dancer and Never Bend (see below).

Oasis Dream was trained throughout his career by John Gosden at Newmarket, Suffolk.

Racing career[edit]

2002: two-year-old season[edit]

Oasis Dream made his debut in a six furlong maiden race at Salisbury in August 2002. He started favourite but ran disappointingly, finishing a well beaten fifth of the eleven runners. Two weeks later in a similar event at Sandown he was the beaten favourite again, leading early but fading in the closing stages to finish second, beaten three and a half lengths by Rimrod.

Three weeks after his second defeat, Oasis Dream recorded his first win, "easily" beating four rivals in a maiden at Nottingham.[4]

In October, Oasis Dream was moved up to the highest level for the Group One Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. The field included the winners of several important races including Elusive City (Prix Morny), Zafeen (Mill Reef Stakes) and Country Reel (Gimcrack Stakes), as well as four runners from the Aidan O'Brien stable. Jimmy Fortune tracked the leaders on Oasis Dream, before moving the colt into the lead a furlong out, where he ran on strongly to win by one and a half lengths from Tomahawk and Elusive City.[5] The winning time of 1:09.61 was a record for the race. After the race Gosden described him as being probably the fastest two-year-old in Europe and he was regarded as a serious contender for the 2000 Guineas.[6]

2003: three-year-old season[edit]

Oasis Dream's prospects of winning a Classic faded in the spring. The colt did not perform well at home, and Gosden decided not to force his progress,[7] and instead wait until summer for a campaign based on the top sprint races. He was ridden in all his races in 2003 by Richard Hughes.

He did not appear until Royal Ascot where he was made 6/1 favourite in a field of twenty for the five-furlong King's Stand Stakes. He ran prominently but was unable to catch the Australian horse Choisir and lost second place in the closing stages to Acclamation. Four days later, Choisir won the Golden Jubilee Stakes.

At Newmarket a month later Oasis Dream was matched against Choisir for a second time in the July Cup, this time over six furlongs. Oasis Dream tracked Choisir in the early stages before catching the Australian a furlong out and running on to win a "protracted battle"[8] by one and a half lengths.[9] In the Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August Oasis Dream confirmed his position as the best British sprinter. On this occasion he led from the start and went clear of the opposition in the last quarter mile to win by two and a half lengths in "impressive" style.[10] Although he was eased up in the closing strides, his winning time was only four hundredths of a second outside the track record set by Dayjur. Gosden described him as the fastest horse he had trained and compared him to Abernant, while the Independent's correspondent called the contest "not a Group One race (but)...a homage."[11]

Oasis Dream was made odds-on favourite for the Sprint Cup at Haydock in September, despite the fact that he was racing on ground that was softer and slower than anything he had previously encountered. He took the lead two furlongs from the finish, but was soon under pressure and in the final furlong he was overtaken and beaten one and a quarter lengths by Somnus. On his final start he was sent to California for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park after being a late withdrawal from the Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp.[12] Despite not having run over a distance beyond six furlongs all season, he was entered in the Breeders' Cup Mile rather than the Sprint. Gosden had said after the Nunthorpe that Oasis Dream would be unsuited by the dirt surface in the Sprint and that the Mile was his likely end-of-season target. His price for the Mile drifted after he was given an unfavourable outside draw, making it likely that he would have to use much of his speed to reach the front in the early stages.[13] In the race he did show some early pace but made no real impression, finishing tenth of the thirteen runners behind Six Perfections.

Race record[edit]

Date Race Dist (f) Course Class Prize (£K) Odds Runners Placing Margin Time Jockey Trainer
14 August 2002 Sandown EBF Maiden Stakes 6 Salisbury M 5 7/4 12 5 8.5 1:14.72 Richard Hughes John Gosden
30 August 2002 EBF Alliance Capital Maiden Stakes 7 Sandown M 5 7/4 11 2 3.5 1:30.04 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden
20 September 2002 EBF Colwick Park Maiden Stakes 6 Nottingham M 5 1/3 5 1 4 1:13.30 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden
3 October 2002 Middle Park Stakes 6 Newmarket Rowley 1 100 6/1 10 1 1.5 1:09.61 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden
17 June 2003 King's Stand Stakes 5 Ascot 2 81 6/1 20 3 2.5 0:59.68 Richard Hughes John Gosden
10 July 2003 July Cup 6 Newmarket July 1 145 9/2 16 1 1.5 1:09.94 Richard Hughes John Gosden
21 August 2003 Nunthorpe Stakes 5 York 1 116 4/9 8 1 2.5 0:56.20 Richard Hughes John Gosden
6 September 2003 Haydock Sprint Cup 6 Haydock 1 130 8/11 10 2 1.25 1:13.49 Richard Hughes John Gosden
25 October 2003 Breeders' Cup Mile 8 Churchill Downs 1 487 13/2 13 10 7.75 1:33.86 Richard Hughes John Gosden

Assessment[edit]

In the 2002 International Classicifation, the forerunner of the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings, Oasis Dream was assessed at 123, making him the highest rated two-year-old in Europe.[14] There was controversy about his rating, as some felt that Hold That Tiger, Tout Seul and Somnus had stronger claims.[15]

In the 2003 World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings Oasis Dream was rated 125 making him the eleventh best horse in the world, and the third best three-year-old colt.[16]

Stud career[edit]

Since 2004, he has been standing at the Banstead Manor Stud[17] for his owner's Juddmonte Farms breeding organisation. From his first seven crops of foals he has sired the winners of more than four hundred races including fifteen at Group One/Grade I level.[18] His fee for 2014 was £85,000 (live foal).[19]

Notable progeny[edit]

c = colt, f = filly

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins
2005 Aqlaam c Prix du Moulin de Longchamp
2005 Prohibit c King's Stand Stakes
2005 Tuscan Evening f Gamely Stakes
2005 Lady Jane Digby f Bayerisches Zuchtrennen
2006 Midday f Nassau Stakes (3 times), Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Yorkshire Oaks, Prix Vermeille
2006 Naaqoos c Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere
2006 Querari c Premio Presidente della Repubblica
2007 Arcano c Prix Morny
2009 Jwala f Nunthorpe Stakes
2009 Power c National Stakes, Irish 2000 Guineas
2009 Goldream c King's Stand Stakes, Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp
2012 Muhaarar c Commonwealth Cup, July Cup, Prix Maurice de Gheest, British Champions Sprint Stakes
2012 Charming Thought c Middle Park Stakes

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Oasis Dream (GB), bay stallion, 2000[20]
Sire
Green Desert (USA)
1983
Danzig
1977
Northern Dancer* Nearctic
Natalma
Pas de Nom Admirals Voyage
Petitioner
Foreign Courier
1979 
Sir Ivor Sir Gaylord
Attica
Courtly Dee Never Bend*
Tulle
Dam
Hope (IRE)
1991
Dancing Brave
1983 
Lyphard Northern Dancer*
Goofed
Navajo Princess Drone
Olmec
Bahamian
1963
Mill Reef Never Bend*
Milan Mill
Sorbus Busted
Censorship (Family:19)
  • Oasis Dream is inbred 3 × 4 to Northern Dancer. This means that Northern Dancer appears in both the third and fourth generations of his pedigree.
  • He is also inbred 4 × 4 to Never Bend.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oasis Dream Breeders' Cup farewell". RTÉ Sport. 8 October 2003. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Juddmonte Stallion Oasis Dream Conformation". Juddmonte.com. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  3. ^ "Green Desert Stud Record". Bloodstock.racingpost.com. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Colwick Park Maiden Stakes result". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  5. ^ "Middle Park Stakes result". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  6. ^ "Oasis Dream takes centre stage in the Middle Park". The Independent. 2002-10-04. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  7. ^ "Beautiful journey ends but Choisir goes down fighting". The Independent. 2003-07-11. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  8. ^ Allison, Peter. "Oasis outguns Choisir in epic July Cup". Sport.scotsman.com. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  9. ^ "July Cup result". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  10. ^ "Nunthorpe Stakes result". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  11. ^ "Gosden has mile target for speed king Oasis Dream". The Independent. 2003-08-22. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  12. ^ "Breeders Cup 2003 - Dalakhani wins". Espn.go.com. 2006-09-18. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  13. ^ "Outside draw jolts Gosden's Oasis Dream". The Independent. 2003-10-23. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  14. ^ "2002 International Classifications". Horse-races.net. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  15. ^ "Rock's achievements recognised at last". The Independent. 2003-01-16. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  16. ^ "2003 ratings" (PDF). horseracingintfed.com. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  17. ^ "News & Features: News". Britishhorseracing.com. 2010-05-17. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  18. ^ "Oasis Dream Stud Record". Bloodstock.racingpost.com. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  19. ^ "Oasis Dream fee". Bloodstock.racingpost.com. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  20. ^ "Oasis Dream pedigree". equineline.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-07-01.