Breeders Crown still on radar
While ultimately their fate was decided after the barrier draws, both Franco Nelson (8) and Elios (9) still performed well, their 8th and 9th placed runs produced times of 1.52.2 and 1.52.5 respectively. "We knew it was going to be an uphill battle as soon as we came up with the wide marbles," reflected trainer Robert Dunn. "When they're running home off the front in 53.6 and 26.6....... well you're no hope!"
While things didn't pan out on this occasion, Robert is pleased with the progress of both horses. "Elios can have a wee break and then come back for the Breeders heat, while Franco Nelson while probably go to Blenheim in a couple of weeks for the Marlborough Winter Cup, ahead of the Breeders heat".
Franco Nelson still targeting another crack at the Breeders Crown
In other stable news:
Hurricane Bromac and Return To Sender have gone to the spelling paddock after their unplaced runs over the jewels weekend.
Samuel James will contest a 3 or more wins mobile 2600m at Addington next Friday which will qualify him as the next recipient of the Met Bonus ala stablemate Radar a few weeks ago. "Samuel" has raced 20 times this season for the Gordons for 3 wins, 1 second and 2 thirds and just over $36,000 in stakes. He has certainly done a good job.
A number of well performed stable horses have returned to work including Jivin Cullen, Ten Diamonds and Mach Banner. According to Robert, Mach Banner has come up, "really good. He will race through the winter, while the other two prepare for spring campaigns." Another horse that has come back into work is a 2yr old that showed ability early on in Artismee. He will certainly be one to keep an eye out for.
In terms of the premierships, things are "looking good for both Johnny and Dex. John is on 90 now and will have heaps of chances over the next two months to get to 100. Dex is charging and is up to 165. I reckon he is a great chance to get to 200 again." The trainers premiership has seen Mark Purdon clear out again, but the Robert Dunn team are still performing with aplomb and sit 3rd on 81 wins. "With a bit of luck we are still a hope for the hundred but either way it has been a season to remember".
Posted: Wed 05 Jun 2013