Pearson Pulls Off Pearler

Pearson Pulls Off Pearler

Bruce Stewart

22nd May 2021

There’s no doubting Winton trainer Lauren Pearson’s conditioning skills, and despite having an average form line and not having been at the races since February, Dream Of Glory was in the right shape to win his second race at Ascot Park today.

The Art Major gelding qualified for Canterbury trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen but after only three starts for the stable, in June 2020 he was transferred south to Pearson’s stable.

Dream Of Glory winning for Brent Barclay at Ascot Park today

Although he won at Ascot Park that month, his form dropped away in his next six starts.

He was fitted for today’s run with two workouts at the Winton track, winning on the 14th, and running second on the 7th of May.

“Lauren just hoped he would run on. It was a perfect drive. A Natalie Rasmussen drive (laughter),” owner Diane Cournane said of driver Brent Barclay’s drive.

Dream Of Glory is the fifth foal out of seven win Village Jasper mare Breath Of Life.

“He’s just had a few issues with soreness so I said to Lauren ‘just take your time with him because he’s a very big boy.’ He has brushed a knee but he seems to be growing out of that.”

Barclay positioned Dream Of Glory behind pacemaker Ohoka Agent. After a tough run three wide for most of the last lap, Tac Mac hit the lead at the top of the straight but Dream Of Life made full use of the passing lane and got up to beat Tac Mac by a head with Rakanotta storming home for third.

Two number two for the well bred Dream Of Glory-Brent Barclay’s 50th winner for partner Lauren Pearson.

Brent Barclay, Dream Of Glory, Lauren Pearson and her aunty Diane Cournane

Breath Of Life has been a good broodmare for Cournane, producing Fight For Glory (14), GI Joe (5), Honor And Glory (2) and Hopeing for Glory (2).

“We have just weaned her latest filly foal and full sister to this guy, and she’s also got another yearling filly that Lauren and Brent will train.”

Cournane is also breeding from Fight For Glory.

“Her first foal (Glory’s Delight) pulled a ligament behind her knee and Mark and Natalie said to turn her out for a year so she’s at home. Lauren and Brent have just broken in her second filly (Delightful Glory) and she’s got a colt by Bettors (Bettor’s Delight) that’s going to the Sales.”

Cournane, who runs a successful agistment farm at Bush is also into thoroughbreds.

“I’ve just bought a thoroughbred mare out of Peter Vela’s good breed. She’s by Pins and is in foal to Darci Brahma. They’re telling me up there that I stole her (laughter). I still like the thoroughbreds as well.”

Diane, husband Noel along with Pearson, Barclay and Ryal Bush trainer Brett Gray, have shares in Tavistock galloper Volvik which has won three of its twenty four starts for Canterbury trainer Lyn Prendergast.

Meanwhile trotting mare Andiamo made the most of a perfect trip to win her first race at Ascot Park today.

Trainer driver Kirk Larsen got the drag behind pacemaker Majestic Jag before popping out inside the last 400 metres to win by three quarters of a lengths from Jasmine Jaccka.

Andiamo winning race one at Ascot Park

Closer to the finish

Winning salute

The Andover Hall mare looks more solid this time in.

Seven win gelding Santanna Mach appreciated the drop in grade when he won the Southland Express Mobile Pace by an impressive five and three quarters of a length for Blair Orange.

Trained by Michael House, a great supporter of Southern Harness, the seven year old was well handled by Orange who stayed out of the early action and brought Santanna Mach home down centre track. Airwave was second.

Santanna Mach winning for Blair Orange

Back to scale

In the very next race Orange was at it again when he came down the middle of the track to win with Superfast.

Superfast. Win number two for Blair Orange

The Washington VC filly had run a couple of placings in this campaign and the win was well deserved for horse, trainer Brian Norman and owners Keith and Tracey Norman.

Orange continued his red letter day when he reined his third winner – another House runner, Midnight In Memphis to beat perennial place getter Bettors Highlight by a nose.

Midnight In Memphis (9) winning for the House/Orange combination

Winning salute

House made it three wins when Zoned Scarlett won her eighth race in her 119 start career.

The eight year old mare took on her usual pacemaking role and held on by a head to beat Insist The Win.

Zoned Scarlett and Sam Ottley hanging on to win

Orange later won on Dress Code making it four wins on the day’s card.