At Doomben racecourse in Queensland, former Arrowfield Stud and now Chatswood Stud-based Gr1 Emirates Stakes winning stallion All American (Red Ransom-Milva, by Strawberry Road) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred gelding Dark Dream (All American-Buchanan Girl, by Lion Hunter) showed he was a genuine Queensland Derby contender when bounding to an emphatic 4 length win in the $125,000 Gr3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) for 3YOs, defeating Higher Ground & California Turbo. The progressive Dark Dream improved his record to 3 wins and 5 placings (including the Gr3 BRC Gunsynd Classic) from 8 starts for $204,901 in earnings. Dark Dream's victory saw him promoted to the top of betting ($3.50 with TAB) for the Group 1 Gr1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Doomben on 9 June.
On day two of The Championships at Royal Randwick, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type success when 3YO Australian-bred gelding California Turbo (Fastnet Rock-Celebria, by Peintre Celebre) opened his stakes account with a narrow yet impressive win in the $150,000 Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating Dark Dream & Renewal. A $330,000 purchase by Asian Bloodstock Services at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Segenhoe Stud as agent, California Turbo advanced his record to 3 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts for $131,430 in earnings. From the beautifully bred mare Celebria, California Turbo is a half-brother to Gr1 WATC Railway Stakes winner Gathering and is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Best In Show, ancestress of multiple champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice, among many others.