Oasis Dream (GB)
b c Green Desert - Hope (Dancing Brave)
Oasis Dream was one of the leading sprinters of his generation. Trained by John Gosden, he was the highest-rated two-year-old of 2002 after his victory in the Gr.1 Middle Park Stakes, and retired to stud after a three-year-old career in which he was crowned World Champion Sprinter.
After starting his three-year-old season by running third to Choisir in the Gr.2 King’s Stand Stakes, Oasis Dream famously turned the tables on Australia’s leading sprinter to win the Gr.1 July Cup. A two-and-a-half-length victory in the Gr.1 Nunthorpe Stakes followed, with Oasis Dream leading from the get-go to win in impressive fashion. “He’s the fastest horse I have trained,” said Gosden after the race.
Oasis Dream started favourite for the Gr.1 Sprint Cup at Haydock the following month, but soft going meant he finished second. After a trip to the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Santa Anita disappointed, Oasis Dream retired to Banstead Manor Stud.
As a sire, Oasis Dream got off to a fast start and became the leading first season British-based sire in 2007, as well as the leading British-based sire in Great Britain and Ireland by prize money in 2009 and 2011. In a remarkable career, he has sired over 200 stakes performers and is the broodmare sire of over 100. Among his 17 Group 1 winners are six-time top level winner Midday and Champion Sprinter Muhaarar, as well as the likes of Aqlaam, Goldream, Prohibit, Polydream and Pretty Pollyanna.
Leading racing journalist James Willoughby summarised Oasis Dream as: “A brilliant racehorse; a great sire; a great sire of sires; a great broodmare sire. If you don’t know Oasis Dream, you just don’t know racing.”