Robert Dunn Harness Racing Stable
This is the website for the Robert Dunn stable. Robert Dunn has proven himself as a driver and trainer over a long career. He has trained the winners of many premier races, including the 1992 Auckland Cup, as trainer/driver of Master Musician and the 2005 New Zealand Cup, training Mainland Banner to victory. On Boxing Day 2014, he trained his 1000th NZ winner in a career that has spanned over 30 years. This season, the stable have produced 30 winners from 188 starters and currently sit second in the premiership. In all Robert has trained 1398 New Zealand winners.
From the start of the 2013-2014 season, 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 two seasons, there has also been a second branch of the stable in Pukekohe. There are presently 5 stable runners based up north and their progress is being overseen by Robert, well supported by Rhys Fensom.
Standout horses in the stable include: Alta Orlando, Letspendanitetogetha and Alta Maestro.
Robert has two sons who have also made their mark on the racetrack. Eldest son John has been driving for 15 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. Youngest son Dexter is a former World Champion and is presently driving in the USA.
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Ross Houghton is John's right-hand man at the Woodend stable. He joined the stable on a full-time basis at the end of 2015, after year's working as a loader out at the airport. Ross was a successful junior reinsman and worked for extended periods for both Dean Taylor and Barry Purdon. He has helped out the stable for years in his "free-time" and is a highly valued member of staff with a great work ethic. Ross had his best season for many years as a driver in the 2016-17 season, reining home nine winners from just 90 drives. This season Ross has the one win from just 40 drives.
Matt Anderson joined the stable for the last couple of months of the 2017-2018 season. He was a deserved winner of the junior drivers premiership with 43 wins and was six wins ahead of the second placed Benjamin Butcher. Matt is now in his first season as a senior reinsman and has had the four wins from just 23 drives. He sits on 115 career wins presently.