From White to Black – Wecandream

From White to Black – Wecandream

Bruce Stewart

27th August 2020

“He came down here as a maiden with good form and carried that right through even though he’s jumped up the grades,” said driver Brad Williamson after Wecandream won his third race in Southland at Ascot Park today.

Wecandream warming up – Photo Bruce Stewart

Bred locally by Mark and Debbie Smith the Art Major gelding was trained initially by Brent White in Ashburton before Branxholme trainer Alister Black took over. He’s been in the south for three months and has been one of the most consistent pacers during lockdown.

From a wide draw Williamson took the five year old forward to challenge early pacemaker Miss Mucho with the two going head to head for the first two hundred metres.

“My horse got quite keen and was feeling so well so I decided to let him run and Brent (Brent Barclay driving Miss Mucho) was quite happy to trail me at that point.”

Wecandream held on to beat My Mate Ben by a length.

“I never pulled his pull down blinds but I pulled his plugs at the top of the straight and he did what he had to in the last couple of hundred metres.”

Wecandream winning for Brad Williamson – Photo Bruce Stewart

Returning to the birdcage – Photo Bruce Stewart

Pre-race trainer Alister Black was fairly bullish about his charge’s chances and Williamson saw that first hand.

“He was kicking out a bit before the race when we were getting the cart on. He’s certainly thriving on racing down here.”

Wecandream is owned by the Palmers Syndicate.

“He’s getting up in the grades now so it’s going to be tough but he’s definitely getting better. Today’s the best he’s ever gone.”

The Lauren Pearson trained Maximus Prost won his second race in three starts when he took out the last race on the card.

Perfectly positioned in the one one driver Brent Barclay let him run inside the last two hundred and he came powerfully down the middle of the track to beat pacemaker Who’s Smokin by a length and a quarter.

Maximus Prost winning at Ascot Park