Robert Dunn Harness Racing Stable
Welcome to the website for the Robert Dunn stable. Robert Dunn has proven himself as a driver and trainer throughout an amazing career. He has trained the winners of any number of premier races, including the 1992 Auckland Cup, as trainer/driver of Master Musician and the 2005 New Zealand Cup, training Mainland Banner to victory. In more recent times, trotter Sundees Son has won the Group One Rowe Cup and Dominion Handicap. On Kaikoura Cup Day 2019, he trained his 1500th NZ winner in a career that has spanned over 30 years. In the 2019-2020 season, Robert secured his first trainers premiership, having trained 95 winners. This was a lifelong achievement for Robert and one that he is incredibly proud of. Robert presently holds a good lead in this season's premiership, with 61 wins already on the board for this season.
It was from the start of the 2013-2014 season, that Robert moved his main training base to Woodend Beach. This arm of the stable is run by eldest son John who trains 30 horses out of there. Over the past few seasons, there has also been a second branch of the stable in Pukekohe. That stable is being overseen by Robert, who is well supported by stable foreman Rhys Fensom.
Standout horses in the stable presently include: Sundees Son, Classie Brigade, Henry Hubert, Matt Damon and Need You Now.
Robert has two sons who have also made their mark on the racetrack. Eldest son John has been driving for 16 seasons and is now regarded as one of New Zealand's premier reinsmen. In the 2012-2013 season he achieved two major milestones - he drove his 500th winner for his career, and achieved a season total of 102 wins in the cart. He brought up win 1000 of his career at Motukarara on 9 December 2018. He drove 73 winners in the 2019-2020 seasons to place third and has driven 1226 winners overall. Youngest son Dexter is a former World Champion and is presently driving with phenomenal success in North America.
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