A big weekend ahead for Robert Dunn stable
This week is one of the rare occasions when we have trotting meetings four days in a row in the South. The Robert Dunn stable will be well represented, with 8 horses going to the races and a further 10 to workouts and trials.
Tonight at Forbury Park, there is a lone representative in Better Than Money, that will contest the "boys" race. John has been pleased with the horse's work since Motukarara. "From a good draw tonight he should lead and be very hard to beat in what appears to be quite an even lineup".
Tomorrow night 3 horses will aim to produce their best for the stable on premier night. The much talked about Elios will step out against a small, but immensely talented field. John has been pleased with the horse's work following on from a winning debut for the stable at Invercargill. "This is a very good field and he will certainly need to be on his "A-game", in order to be competitive. We will certainly know where we are at with him following this race".
Radar and Samuel James both step out again, this time in a 5-7 win discretionary handicap pace. Radar has been in great form of late with 3 wins from his last 5 starts. "He has certainly come good recently. If he produces his runs of late he is a big chance again". Samuel James was almost handicapped out of the race last week off 40m but flew home to run 4th on the back of a 57 second last half. "We've been very pleased with his work and recent form. Off 20m this week and with Davey to drive, he's a real chance".
On Saturday, Geraldine will host their second meeting for the season. There are four Robert Dunn runners that will turn out. Kotare Kano contests race 2, but after a much improved run last week,he has drawn an unsuitable 2nd row draw this time. Jason "Gunman" Thomas will take the reins again. "The draw doesn't really suit, but with an ounce of luck, he can figure". John drives Cabo Wabo in race 4. "His was a very good run last week considering the work that he did. With a bit of luck in the running he is definitely a winning hope".
Jason will drive Neve Franco in the "boys" race. "From the draw she must have a great chance. Her efforts on the coast were great and we have been really happy with her since then". The last race of the day sees Cullen's Spirit turn out with a handy draw. Jason will again drive this Christian Cullen 4yr old. "He paced terrible the other day at Motukarara. He does like the grass, with both wins coming on that surface. If the "real" Cullen's Spirit turns up he can win".
John has a number of outside drives over the weekend as well:
Addington: Race 2 Lucky Monarch, Race 6 Talaspring, Race 9 Isla Bromac, Race 10 Cloudy Beach and Race 11 Mo Hahn. "All will be at good odds, but possibly Lucky Monarch will be the best hope from the draw".
Geraldine: Race 2 Fine Courage, Race 3 Lucy Holmes, Race 6 Graduate Under Fire, Race 8 Orville and Race 10 Flying Louie. "Again these will all be at good eachway odds. I didn't mind the run of Graduate Under Fire at Oamaru. He should get a win very soon the way he has been going".
Asked to label one for the weekend, John thought that Better Than Money tonight and Cabo Wabo on Saturday were probably the stable's best chances. For those chasing the real long odds, "Talaspring's 1st up run was a lot better than what it appears on paper".
Posted: Thu 31 Jan 2013