Team Dunn set for a busy weekend
After some great success over the past two weekends, there is a degree of confidence in the camp heading into this weekend. The stable are represented at all three southern meetings - Addington, Northern Southland and Methven.
The weekend kicks off tonight with premier racing returning to The Met. Blazin N Cullen and Elios are both engaged in the prelude to next Saturday's derby, the Group 2 Vero Flying Stakes over the 1950m. John will retain the drive on "Blaze", while Dexter picks up a catch drive for the stable in Elios.
"I was really stoked with Blaze's run last week. He has really stepped up this campaign. He has drawn poorly, but does have the ability to figure if the race pans out for him".
Dexter picks up the drive on Elios. "I was pleased with his effort last week also, albeit in weaker company. He did have to do work however and ran a good overall time and final sectionals. From the draws I can see him ended up 3 back on the markers. With a strong pace and an ounce of luck he should be running on".
Radar is the final runner for the night. "He continues to run honest races, but the fields he is facing contain more depth each time he goes out. With his good stand start manners, he is always a hope, but does meet some smart types this evening".
"We have sent Mashika and Hurricane Bromac down south for Saturday. While she has had only the one run for us (an unlucky one at that), I really like Mashika. She meets a nice field, but has a draw to really feature if her work at home is reflected on race day".
After some indifferent form, Hurricane Bromac returned to his best last Friday. "He feels like he is back to his best. It is quite an even field this week, but I am sure that he will be more than competitive and am expecting a big run".
Caesar's Flame is engaged in the boys' race, while Rome's Burning and Formidable both go around in the 2-6 win feature over the 3000m.
"We were pleased with Caesar's Flame, having its first run for us last week at Mot. He was caught in the breeze early before getting pushed back in the running. He ran on well in the straight and if "Gunman" can get a bit of luck this week then we're definitely a show".
Rome's Burning got it right on day two at Westport and was a convincing winner in one win company, while Formidable simply outstayed them in the cup the same day over 3200m. "It will be a major step up in class for Rome's Burning, but he just keeps on thriving. If he can get into the race early he'd be some chance at good odds. I've stuck with Formidable who just out-toughed them in the cup last start. The 30m makes things that much harder, but he loves the grass and the longer trip. He's far from out of it".
Posted: Fri 22 Mar 2013