Lee Dreaming Of Second Young Guns Win

NANDO Dreamer gets her chance at a second Young Guns victory when she takes on the Albion Park version on Thursday night for Daniel Lee.

David Brasch

12 May 2021

NANDO Dreamer gets her chance at a second Young Guns victory when she takes on the Albion Park version on Thursday night and trainer Daniel Lee believes she only has to be a few lengths off the leaders at the 600m boxes to win.

The daughter of Fernando Bale-Jeannie Dreaming has drawn the seven against a crackerjack field.

She won an Ipswich Young Guns back in March running a scorching 30.26 to win her heat and last week reeled off a flying 29.78 to win at Albion Park.

It was her seventh win in 14 starts and she has already won $41,000 for breeder and owner Norma Dacey.

“Of course we are hoping for the best,” said Daniel.

“But I would rather her have drawn over near the rails. She began great last week but still only ran 5.55 to the first mark.”

He pointed out fastest heat winner Orchestrate, drawn the six in the final, reeled off a 5.48 first section in his easy heat win.

“I’m hoping Orchestrate can carve across the field and give us a run over as well,” Daniel said.

He believes the bitch will develop into at least a middle distance performer judging by her run-home strength.

“If we can get to a few lengths off the leaders at the 600 metre boxes, then I feel confident she can run them down,” he said. “But what a race this is. Just to be in the final with such a quality field is something.”

Immediate plans for Nando Dreamer after the Young Guns will include the upcoming Flying Amy Classic at Group 2 level but carries a $75,000 first prize.

“But, we have to be realistic,” said Daniel. “There will be so many good dogs coming up for that race and I’d hope she can get down to 29.60 at Albion Park to be really competitive in that series.”

Daniel met up with Norma and her husband, veteran dog man Claude, some years ago.

“I was asked to drop by Claude’s property to fix a walking machine,” he said.

“We got to talking dogs and I asked if he might have a broodbitch I could lease.

“Eventually Claude sent me some pups to trains.”

Nando Dreamer always showed great ability.

“I tossed her into the Eric Thomson Maiden series after just two 520 metre trials and she won her heat in 30.11 and then ran second in the final,” he said.

Now 57, Daniel has had a greyhound since he was 18.

He now has four in work.

“As a full time electrician and with a growing family it was always difficult to have any more than one or two dogs,” he said.

“But now that our kids have moved out of home my wife and I have much m ore time to spare.

“Claude and Norma have a Zambora Brockie-Jeannie litter and a Fernando Bale-Love The Look litter on their way up. We are looking forward to getting some of them.”


NORMA and Claude Dacey had to watch from afar late on Wednesday when home-bred Daysea’s Jimmy broke the Wauchope 457m track record by one-hundredth of a second in a heat of a fifth grade series running 25.36.

Claude will turn 87 in July and Norma is 84 so their days of travelling interstate are long over.

Their close friend Barry Taylor took Daysea’s Jimmy (Paw Licking-Dayseas Astra) to Wauchope.

Token Monarch set the record at 25.37 in 2000.

Daysea’s Jimmy is from a repeat mating of Paw Licking-Dayseas Astra.

The previous mating provided class act Corykodi, a multiple Group winner, and Jeannie Dreaming the dam of exciting youngster Nando Dreamer.

“The litter was not showing much at first but we decided to just jump in and start racing them,” said Claude.

“They haven’t looked back since. They are all great chasers.”

Claude and Norma were not getting carried away by the record run.

“Barry will take him down next week for the final and then we will go back to Albion Park for a few feature races over the sprints,” he said.

Daysea’s Jimmy has won eight of his nine starts.