As mentioned, the Inter Dominion series was the ultimate test.
The highlight victory came via the Listed $31,160 Be Good Johnny Sprint, defeating the likes of Turn It Up, Blacksdance and Leap To Fame in a time of 1:51.8.
Other highlights include placings in the Queensland Sun and Triad Final while contesting races like the Queensland Cup, The Hayden, Rising Sun, and Patrons Purse.
“Overall, it was a terrific season with plenty of great highlights. I was super proud of how he handled the Inter series because it really took him outside his comfort zone and he had to adapt to different methods of racing and training,” Dawson said.
“We’ve battled away with hoof issues for a while, although the last six months has been really encouraging. I shoe my horses myself and there’s been a fair bit of trial and error involved. He’s got a normal routine; we don’t have a swim, so all the work is done on the track.
“He’s great to have around the stables but oddly, he and Chase (For Real Life) do not get on. It’s like they both know they’re blessed with great ability and they’re vying for the alpha male role within the stable. Chase is a colt while Murph is a gelding. Like I said, they’re an odd couple.”
So, what does 2024 look like for Future Assured?
“The Miracle Mile is a priority although we’re fully aware that Leap To Fame is also headed in that direction. I’m thinking of getting him back within his comfort zone and we all know how explosive he is over the sprint trips," Dawson said.
“As a four-year-old we had endless opportunities and now, as a five-year-old, he’s right in the deep end. The Constellations during the winter is another likely target, with the Sunshine Sprint a key event. But we will get through his first interstate trip first and then reassess.
“As a result of Murphy, Crystal and I bred a mare to Always B Miki last year. The mare is bred on a very similar cross, so here’s hoping lightning can strike twice.”
Sounds like 2024 is going to be a busy time for the Dawsons given For Real Life is being aimed at several features, both locally and interstate.