A Profile Of Racehorse Oasis Dream
Published on 18/04/16
Oasis Dream is a retired thoroughbred racehorse and successful breeding stallion, owned by Khalid Abdullah, who was bred and trained in the United Kingdom.
Foaled in 2000, he was bred by Juddmonte Farms and sired by ‘Green Desert’ out of the ‘Dancing Brave’ mare ‘Hope’. He went on to be trained by John Gosden at Newmarket in Suffolk and showed much promise on the course.
He made his debut in a six-furlong maiden race at Salisbury in August 2002 and went off as a 7/4 favourite. It proved to be a hugely disappointing first race for him as he only managed fifth place out of twelve runners. He was also a beaten favourite, starting at the same price as his debut, in his second race. He did finish second in that race, which gave his trainer cause for optimism.
His third race would be where Oasis Dream picked up his first victory. Jimmy Fortune rode him to success at Nottingham, where he beat four other runners to finally get his nose in front.
Next up for Oasis Dream was the 2002 Group One Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket, where he would go up against several horses with major race wins to their name. ‘Zafeen’ and ‘Elusive City’ were just two of the horses with major honours that were tipped for success. Fortune rode him brilliantly, tracking the leaders and taking over the lead a furlong out, to give the horse his first Group One victory in a race record time of 1:09.61. That would be his last race as a two-year-old and also the last time Jimmy Fortune would ride him
He was controversially rated the top two-year old for the European flat season and had been tipped as a potential 2000 Guineas winner. His chances of winning a classic took a bit of a hit when he performed poorly in training and Gosden decided not to force his progress. The trainer instead waited until the summer of 2003 before entering him into some top UK sprint races.
His first race of the year came in the King’s Stand Stakes at Ascot, where Richard Hughes rode him to a third place finish. Hughes then rode him to success in two Group One races, starting with the July Cup at Newmarket and following that up with the Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
He was then entered for the Sprint Cup at Haydock in September 2003, where he started off as an odds-on favourite. The ground wasn’t to his liking and he was beaten by just over a length by the Tim Easterby trained ‘Somnus’.
After being withdrawn from the Prix De L’Abbaye de Longchamp, Oasis Dream was instead sent to California for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park. Despite the fact the horse had not run further than six furlongs in the season and was a top sprinter, Gosden decided the dirt surface for the sprint would be unfavourable and instead entered him for the mile.
A poor outside draw coupled with the extra length proved to be his undoing as Oasis Dream, despite showing some good early pace, made no real impression before finishing tenth of the thirteen runners in what proved to be his final ever race.
Even though the year ended with a whimper, 2003 was still a success for Oasis Dream. As well as his two Group One wins, he was also named European Champion Sprinter at the Cartier Racing Awards. After a short lived racing career that saw him win four of his nine races, he was put out to stud at Banstead Manor in 2004.
Since then, he has been a hugely successful breeding stallion and has sired the winners of over 400 race winners, from his first seven groups of foals, for his owners Juddmonte Farms breeding organisation. Those winners include 15 Group One races and because of that he commanded a price of £85,000 for a live foal in 2014.
His progeny includes Irish 2000 Guineas winner ‘Power’, Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winning colt ‘Naaqoos’ and multiple Group One winning 2015 Cartier Champion Sprinter ‘Muhaarar’. Perhaps his most successful foal is three-time Nassau Stakes winning filly ‘Midday’, who has also won the Breeders’ Cup filly & mare turf race, the Yorkshire Oaks and the Prix Vermeille.
So, Oasis Dream may not have completely fulfilled his early potential as a racehorse but he was a three-time Group One race winner who has sired many more.