By Glenn Davis
Trainer Nick Walsh is hopeful consistent sprinter Aleysa’s Dream can thwart the comebacks of highly credentialled mares Better Reflection and Lepreezy when the trio clash at Rockhampton on Tuesday.
Aleysa’s Dream – a Bobby El-Issa mount – goes into her clash against the former star two-year-olds with a fitness advantage having had five runs this campaign for two wins and three seconds.
The three-year-old daughter of Carrara tried valiantly to lead all the way last start when pipped on the post by the Jack Duncan-trained Goldsborough in a 1000-metre Benchmark 70 race at the Sunshine Coast on April 30.
His biggest fear with Aleysa’s Dream is the big step up to Open company for the first time.
“On her last run she’ll be very hard to beat but she’s a three-year-old stepping up to Open company for the first time,” Walsh said.
“It’s always hard for a filly against bigger and stronger opposition but she’s very classy.”
Aleysa’s Dream underlined her potential when Walsh took her to the Sunshine Coast for her first run this campaign back in January.
“She finished second that day behind Simply Fly and was only beaten half a length and he went on to win the QTIS Jewel at the Gold Coast,” Walsh said.
“This is a tough race in Open company and I could have probably taken her to Brisbane to find an easier race.
“If she can win, she’ll probably head back to Brisbane and run in a Benchmark race the same day as I’m running Bollente in the Battle of the Bush Final at Eagle Farm at the end of the month."