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    NO STRANGER to Group One glory, Andy Gath registered one of his more satisfying top shelf victories at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight. Causing an... We’re lucky to have her racing

    NO STRANGER to Group One glory, Andy Gath registered one of his more satisfying top shelf victories at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight.

    Causing an upset in a Vicbred Super Series Final, Moonlight Dream provided Gath with his 39th Group One triumph since Harness Racing Australia records began in 2001.

    Gath’s tally breaks down to 20 with trotters and 19 with pacers.

    What places Gath’s latest success in the ‘satisfying’ department is the dedication it took have Moonlight Dream contest the series let alone capturing the $100,000 decider.

    “About a month ago she got really crook and we’re lucky to have her racing,” Gath explained. “She was quite sick.

    “She didn’t eat for several days and had a high temp so really she has done a big job to recover and come out and race like she has.

    “I gave her five days off, treated her and thankfully she came good.”

    A handy third in her futurity heat, Moonlight Dream upstaged her more fancied rivals when driven a treat by Gath’s reinswoman-wife, Kate.

    Beginning well from barrier five, Moonlight Dream was brilliantly weaved through traffic to settle two-back along the pegs as Aleppo Jewel led from the pole.

    Finishing swiftly along the passing lane the daughter of Angus Hall completed a metre-and-a-half win from Lucinda Mac, with Aleppo Jewel three-and-a-half metres away third.

    “She got a good run and was good enough to make the most of it,” Gath said. “She ran in four Group Ones last season and was among the placings in three of them so she has certainly paid her dues and deserves this win.

    “She will go for a spell now and will likely have four to six weeks off.”

    Owned by Colleen and Mick Fryar, Moonlight Dream rated 2:00 over 2240 metres to provide the Gaths with the second leg of a double.

    The couple scored earlier on the card with Mclovin, which will also head to the paddock on a winning note.

    “He is going well, but a break will do him good,” Gath said. “A bit of time in a paddock now fits in well before getting him ready for the Dominion Handicap in New Zealand in November.”

     

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