Dan’s Dream running for good cause
TRAINER Mick Channon is confident Dan’s Dream can earn a spinal charity a huge windfall in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket today.
The Cityscape filly was named after Dan Nicholls, who became paralysed from the neck down after breaking his neck when he dived into a wave on Bondi beach in Australia aged 18.
His father, David Nicholls, set up the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation and Dan Dream’s part-owner and breeder, Steven Smith, became involved after breaking his back jumping out of a firstfloor window of his holiday home in France seven years ago to flee armed burglars.
Smith, who last year completed the London Marathon with the aid of a stick, fell into a ravine and was told he would never walk again after crushing his spine, breaking a leg and arm and dislocating his shoulder.
Channon said: “Being by Cityscape out of a Royal Applause mare Steven had himself, it’s what we all dream of.
“Steven was badly injured and he’s the breeder, so it’s a great fairytale in that sense.”
Dan’s Dream, at the time unnamed, was put up for auction at a spinal injury golf day last year.
Along with Smith, her owners include cricket great Ian Botham and rugby giant Gareth Edwards and under the terms of the auction, all prize-money earned goes to the foundation. So far Dan’s Dream has earned a shade under £40,000 (€45,000).