The bosses at Kentuckiana Lodge would have been surprised if Somebeachsomewhere gelding Arden’s Reality was to go any further into his preparation before winning a race.
The three-year-old had proven in two starts to the races he could match it with the better ones this season so a maiden win was, without putting too-finer point on it, a walk in the park.
And that came at Addington on Friday night (October 18) the son of Badlands Hanover mare Real Wings (from the famous Father Dan Cummings family), coasted over to trail a free-running For Today (Jamie Keast) ands was never in doubt – never having to go around a horse to blaze up the passing lane for win one.
“He’s doing great because he is still a bit babyish yet,” said Cran Dalgety who trains in partnership with Nathan Purdon.
“And that’s because he’s giving the rest some months head-start given he is a January foal. I look at him and think you’re going to be a nice four-year-old handicap horse – but we want to achieve more at three, of course.”
There is plenty of improvement left in him yet, says Cran, a horse he will look to target in Southland with an eye on the Southern Supremacy in the autumn.
“We’d like to think that’s within range for him. Something away from the classics, but he’s good enough at that next level. And he’s owned down there so that’s a bonus.
“He showed good stamina last night (Addington), and yes, he didn’t have to do a lot sitting in the trail but he still ran it (2600m) out strong.”
Arden’s Reality, another bred by successful southern horseman John Stiven, is closely related to a number of stars, courtesy of Cummings influence in breeding from champion broodmare Sakuntala, and Tuapeka Dream, the dam of Maureen’s Dream (5 wins) and Tuapeka Knight (14 starts 12 wins).
Maureen’s Dream (by Lordship) went on to become a noted breeder at stud after some staggering performances on the race track in the 1980’s. She left smart fillies Kokona and Seamoon early, the latter leaving eight-win mare Wave Runner who went on to leave brilliant filly Bonnie Joan (also by Somebeachsomewhere), who bagged 10 wins for Cran and rated 1:52.8 to win a heat of the Nevele R Fillies Series at three, among numerous others.
Bonnie Joan won the Premier Mare’s Championship, Northern Breeders, and Southern Mares Classic and placed in the G1 Queen Of Hearts and ran second to Spanish Armada in both the Nevele R Fillies Final and New Zealand Oaks. She was served by Bettor’s Delight in October 2018.
The most notable kick in the family in more recent times has been Armbro Operative daughter Reality Check, the winner of four from 24 for Geoff Small, now the dam of star performers Ultimate Machete and Ultimate Sniper, the latter returning to his best form in also winning on Friday night for All Stars.