Always A Dreamer, a pacer who managed just one win from her first 18 starts, has developed into an outstanding square gaiter who took her record as a trotter to 12 wins and 12 placings from 38 starts when she outclassed her rivals in The Trots WA Trot over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Always A Dreamer, prepared at Waroona by Bob Mellsop, was the $1.40 favourite who gave her backers no concern by leading all the way and coasting to a 7m victory over $7 chance Dark Secret, who finished gamely for Morgan Woodley after racing on the pegs in fifth place for most of the way.
This brought up a hat-trick of wins for Mellsop and driver Deni Roberts, who completed a double after her success with Aly Shar in the previous event.
Always A Dreamer, bred and owned by Bob Fowler, is now certainly paying her way, with her 56 starts producing 13 wins and 17 placings for earnings of $77,913. Her victory completed a successful evening for Fowler, who scored all-the-way wins with Star Aspiration and Star of the Class for trainer Peter Anderson and reinsman Donald Harper at Albany. Then at Narrogin on Saturday night Make It Happen won for Fowler and Harper.
by Ken Casellas