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 51 winners from 314 starters and hold a four win lead in the premiership.
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 15 stable runners based up north and their progress is being overseen by Robert, well supported also by Jack MacKinnon and Rhys Fensom.
Standout horses in the stable include: Robbie Burns, American Tart 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. This season, John has driven 65 winners from 378 drives. Youngest son Dexter is the current World Champion and recently recorded his 2000th career win in a remarkable career during the 2016-2017 season.
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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.
Jack MacKinnon is Robert's key man with the Pukekohe stable. Jack began race-driving in the 2012-2013 season and has driven 40 winners from 527 drives. Before working for Robert, Jack had received excellent tutelage from Paul Nairn and Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett. In the 2016-17 season he drove 17 winners from 139 drives. He was again the leading junior driver at Alexandra Park. This season he is currently third placed of the northern juniors with 10 wins from 104 drives.
Bronson Munro is a junior reinsman and has worked for John at Woodend Beach over the last six months. He has produced the two winners from 36 drives this season. Bronson is back involved in the harness racing game this season after three years out of the game. He is a crucial member of the Woodend Beach team.
Andrew Fitzgerald is another junior reinsman and has worked part-time for the stable at various times, but especially over the past five months. Andrew has had the three wins this season from just 24 drives and has also tasted success as a trainer with three wins from 25 starters. Andrew is involved in other work in the industry with Harness Racing New Zealand and is also involved in syndication.