Big Bad Dream
DW Whillans col
Big Bad Dream : 2012 bay gelding
Owner : D. W. Whillans


                                        Mountain High
  Big Bad Dream (IRE)
  2012 bay gelding
                                        Stay At Home
                                                                      Move Forward

The family

The unraced Stay at Home has bred 3 foals thus far, the only runner to date being Tyre Hill who has shown promise in being placed in bumpers and hurdles for David Dennis in the 2014-15 season.

The second dam, Move Forward, didn't show much in a few runs in bumpers and over hurdles but as a broodmare she has produced 4 winners all of whom showed at least fair form in National Hunt racing. Pick of the crop has been 4 time winning bumper/hurdler/chaser Move Over.

Further back in the family, you can find Irish Cesarewitch and Monksfield Hurdle winner Potato Merchant, and Stag Hill whose wins included the Listed Slaney Hurdle at Naas in the 90s.

About the sire

Mountain High (bay horse, born 2002) was unraced as a juvenile and made his debut finishing 3rd in Newmarket's Wood Ditton Stakes in the spring of his 3yr old career. Trained throughout by Michael Stoute, his best performance came in winning the 12f Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud as a 5yr old. The well-bred son of Danehill retired to The Beeches stud in 2008, where his fee has fluctuated between €2-3,000 and was switched to stand at Dunraven Stud in South Wales from 2016.

Mountain High's best progeny to date are triple hurdle winner Air Horse One (bred by Annan based Robert Robinson), Grade 2 placed and Lite Duties, a 4-time hurdles winner for Charles Byrnes.
His progeny progress well.

One for those quiz nights - he is the sire of useful hurdler Mountain Tunes who provided Tony McCoy with his 4,000th win when scoring at Towcester in November 2013.

On the gallops
Form Summary

If pushed, we'd have to admit that the 3 day August NH Store Sale at Tattersalls (Ireland) is just about our favourite sales venue. Without having to compete with the NH big spenders at the Doncaster, Goffs and Tattersalls Spring Store sales, there is normally upwards of 750 horses on offer, and between 50-60% of those suit our budget. Certainly Nicky Richards does seem to pick up at least one above average recruit each year!
And so it was in August 2015, that Callum and Donald spent an enjoyable time viewing prospective acquisitions at the right price. This Mountain High gelding was one of the horses bought that year.
Now Mountain Highs did not seem to attract much interest in general from Irish trainers and point-to-point men, and this may be a hasty view as his oldest progeny were just 6 years old in 2015, when the sire was jettisoned from Ireland over to stand in Wales.
Anyway, once safely back in Hawick, we sent Big Bad Dream down the road to Tim Reed's yard in Northumberland to compete his education. He proved quite a nervy character so Tim kept him a bit longer than usual. However, once back Dodlands he soon settled and impressed us with his free moving action on the morning gallops.
He was given a rest during the worst of the winter months in 2015-16, in which time he did well physically by both strengthening and maturing, and returned to the yard in August 2016.  Big Bad Dream made his racecourse debut finishing 3rd in a well-contested bumper at Ayr in January 2017 but was probably slightly below par on his next appearance was in a bumper at Hexham a few months later, finishing 5th.
In season 2018-19, after missing a few of his intended races (mostly no fault of his own) our gelding ran a couple of cracking races, placed in each and rounding the season off with that 3rd to two very good Irish raiders at Carlisle in March.

A fine-looking, workmanlike type of gelding Big Bad Dream has the size and scope of a promising chaser. We'll start him off over hurdles this side of New Year and he'll be well suited by staying trips.

Season win 2nd 3rd 4th other
2016-17 NH Flat   1 1
2017-18 NH Flat   1 1    
2018-19 Hurdles          
Current Season Form
Previous Season Form
25 March 18 Carlisle : 2m 1f NH Flat (Class 5) good to soft 11 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 3rd (beaten 2½l)                                                racevideo
Held up on outer, headway to chase leaders 4f out, every chance final 2f, stayed on but always held by leading pair
We'd gone into this race hoping for a nice run, and maybe sneak a place but Big Bad Dream outperformed that wish running a close 3rd to 2 well touted rivals from across the Irish Sea. It was 9 lengths back to 4th and all told a fine end to his bumping career. A promising stayer for next season. 


26 February 18 Ayr : 2m NH Flat (Class 5) heavy 3 ran (C Bewley (3)) - 2nd (beaten 4l)                                                                         racevideo
Led, driven and headed over 2f out, rallied and hung left over 1f out, no chance with very easy winner final furlong
Big Bad Dream had missed a few intended engagements, mainly due to abandonments, so this was a belated seasonal debut. He acquitted himself well, showing to be in good heart although always held by the impressive winner Black Pirate.
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