How apt a victory it was for Ticket To Dream at Doomben on Wednesday - the four-year-old proving too strong for her rivals in a race named for her father - the Sequalo at Lyndhurst Stud Handicap.
Having only her second run back from a freshen-up, the Steven O'Dea trained mare was a deserved winner having run into plenty of trouble at recent outings.
Badly held up fresh at Doomben in early January, Ticket To Dream had been slowly away at her previous outing and always wide at the run before that. Fortunately this time was luck on her side and she was able to record her fourth victory from just 12 starts.
Ticket To Dream was bred and is and part raced by Markham Gough and her victory is a fine achievement for him - as he has been breeding from her family for generations.
In fact he bred not only Ticket To Dream's dam, but also her grandam, her third dam and even her fourth dam!
And what a mare her fourth dam was - the legendary Emancipation, winner of 19 races - six of those at Group One level.
A successful broodmare best represented by the Group 2 winner Royal Pardon, Emancipation spawned a dynasty - her descendants including the big race winners Railings (Caulfield Cup, Metropolitan Handicap), Virage de Fortune (William Reid Stakes, QTC Sires' Produce Stakes) and Rumya - a dual Group 1 winner in South Africa.
Ticket To Dream is the first foal for the lightly raced Made Of Gold mare Made Of Dreams, half sister to the multiple city winner Observation. Her dam Brighter View by Scenic was one of three winners from just four to race for the Vice Regal mare Animation - dam of the Group 2 winning stayer Magneto.
Ticket To Dream is one of several nice winners for the ever reliable Sequalo since the start of the year - others including Exotic Sequel (impressive winner of his last two at Doomben and the Gold Coast), Luskin Sky (Gold Coast two length maiden winner at only her second outing on January 5), Power Sequalo (winner over 1100m in Macau on January 5), Daiquiri Belle (Coff's Harbour maiden winner on January 6), Trail Boss (1 1/2 length Sunshine Coast winner on January 6) and Black Monty (3 1/2 length maiden winner at the Sunshine Coast on January 13).