A new seasonal record for the stable in a sensational night of racing.
While the confidence levels were high going into tonight's Addington meeting, 4 winners for the stable and driver John Dunn surpassed all expectations. Added to this the stable are now on 64 wins for the season, sitting a comfortable second in the premiership. This exceeds a previous seasonal best of 63 wins set in the 2009-2010 season.
Blazin N Cullen was nothing short of brilliant in his victory. He came from well off the pace at the 400m to round up hot favourite Saveapatrol and win going away by 1 3/4 lengths. The winning time of 2.21.4 was a good time, but it was the MR of 1.56.6 ("Blaze" was privately timed to run his last mile in a stunning 1.54.7), and final 800m in 56.7 and 400m in 27.5 that were particularly impressive.
Trainer Robert Dunn was ecstatic with the victory, the 1st of two for the night for owner Ian Dobson. "The horse went super. He will go around again next week in the Group Two over the 1950m and providing he comes through that in good shape, he will go to the derby the following week".
As expected, Jivin Cullen had too much class for his rivals. Once he found the top early it was pretty much all over. He was allowed to dictate terms until the 800m where he faced some pressure from Artiface. However, he was always travelling super and with a final 800m in 55.1 and 400m in 26.0, his rivals were always going to be chasing his tail. Robert was suitably impressed with his charge's 1st up run. "He's a good horse isn't he! He only did what he had to tonight. He races well in a slightly fresh state so we will miss next week and head straight to the Easter Cup with him. He is a very exciting horse".http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBt7cWcrKaM&feature=player_embedded
Elios a horse with a huge reputation finally show what he is capable of with a top win in Race 9 over the 2600m mobile trip. Johnny pressed forward early from his outside barrier, finally assuming the lead at the 2000m mark. He was then pressed in the lead by equal favourite Hannah Jaye, through a sharp lead time of 1.14.2. After letting the Bettor's Delight colt slide from the 800m, he recorded run home sectionals of 57.0 and 27.8. "We were very pleased with the run. He went extra didn't he", reflected trainer Robert Dunn. We will back him next week in the Flying Stakes with "Blaze" and if this colt performs like he did tonight he will be derby bound also".
As John had reflected when previewing the meeting, Hurricane Bromac had been racing without luck recently against some better class fields. After a nice run through early from his 2nd line draw, John hooked out of a trailling position at the 2000m to assume the lead. From there he had the field at his mercy, running home the last 800m in 55.9 and 26.4, comfortably beating Beach Bunny by 1 1/4 lengths.
While the change to the Woodend base has clearly had a massive difference in terms of results, it is just one factor in the turnaround in stable fortunes. While younger brother Dexter gets all the accolades at times (and deservedly so), people from the outside probably have little idea of the unbelievable work ethic of his older brother John. Not only is he working hours that people would struggle to comprehend, but is also a bloody good husband and dad! He is a real credit to an industry that is notorious for only celebrating the so-called "high flyers".
Posted: Fri 15 Mar 2013