By Glenn Davis
The term “fly in, fly out” is normally reserved for the mining industry but trainer John Zielke has it under consideration for Dreams Aplenty if the four-year-old regains winning form at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Dreams Aplenty faces a drop back in distance in the PFD Queensland Open Handicap (1400m) after finishing a game second to the Rob Heathcote-trained Lordag over 1600 metres at Doomben on September 16.
It came a week after Dreams Aplenty resumed with a similar placing at his first start since the Brisbane winter carnival when runner-up to Someday over 1350 metres at Doomben.
Zielke has been frustrated with the lack of suitable races for Dreams Aplenty who underlined his ability winning four straight races last campaign including the Toowoomba Guineas and Group 3 Gunsynd Classic at Eagle Farm.
“The program at the moment doesn’t suit so I’ve started again with him and he’ll run Saturday and then back-up again next week,” Zielke said.
“I wasn’t looking at the spring in Melbourne but if he happened to show his best form he could fly in and fly out for a race or two down there.
“I haven’t picked out any race yet but there’s plenty of races around a mile which would suit him.
“But at this stage I probably favour giving him a short campaign and getting him ready for the winter again.”
Zielke was last season’s leading trainer of two-year-olds and he’s hopeful his young guns can win both divisions of the two-year-old races.
Zielke will be represented by Rains Aplenty and You Know The One in the males’ division of the Two-Year-Old Plate (1000m) while Miracles Aplenty and Rosa’s Charm tackles the fillies’ division.
Zielke, who holds the State record for the most juvenile wins in a season, rates Rains Aplenty highly and is aiming him for the Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast in January.
“He needs the money to get into the Magic Millions and I rate him better than my Pat O’Shea Stakes winner, Hopes Eternal,” he said.
“There’s not a lot between Rains Aplenty and Rosa’s Charm.
“Luke (Dittman) believes Rosa’s Charm will make a very good horse once she matures.
“Miracles Aplenty, Rains Aplenty and Rosa’s Charm both won their latest trials so they should all be hard to beat.
“You Know The One also shows a lot of promise and I expect he’ll be running on.”
Racing Queensland webnews October 6