Provincial trainer Kerry Parker struggled to hide his delight after picking up his first Group 1 victory with Dark Dream in the Queensland Derby (2200m) at the weekend.
Parker had picked up Group 1 placings in the past but moved on to the next level at Doomben as Dark Dream bounced back from being a beaten favourite last time out to take the honours.
I think I have had six placings in Group Is so it was nice to get one.Kerry Parker
Parker always felt there were clear excuses for Dark Dream being beaten in the Grand Prix Stakes after he trod on a lost shoe with a toe clip jabbing into a sensitive part of the gelding's foot.
"He was basically running on three legs last time, it was probably a huge effort for him to get as close as he did that day," Parker said. "They always say you should forgive a horse for one bad run, and it wasn't even a bad run considering the genuine excuses he had.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to win a Group I - I only have a small stable. I think I have had six placings in Group Is so it was nice to get one."
Jockey Tim Clark kept up his hot form to win his latest Group 1 as Dark Dream surged to glory with a short-neck back to Heavenly Thought and another 2-3/4 lengths back to Queensland Oaks winner Youngstar in third.
"There was a bit of a hiccup the other day but Kerry was always confident he would have the horse right on the day," he said.
"It's always a pleasure to ride for a smaller trainer because it is always hard for them to get a really good horse and compete at the top level."
Meanwhile, Trapeze Artist is 9/1 on a win and each way bet to win The Everest later this year. In Her Time is 10/1 with Brave Smash priced at 14/1.
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