Connections delighted with Sleepy Tripp's first up run

While all of the accolades were rightly being thrown the way of Christen Me and Terror To Love after Friday night's Avon City Ford Cup, it was the run of Sleepy Tripp in finishing 4th that brought a big smile on the face of trainer Robert Dunn. "Gee he went super didn't he," remarked Robert moments after the race. "What a run!"

Not only was this a super resumption from the now 8yr old Courage Under Fire gelding, but it also "put to bed," for now at least, any nagging concerns over his wayward tendencies in terms of stand start races. 

After beginning well, he then became awkwardly placed 4 back on the inside. This precarious position became even worse nearing the 400m as the trailling Franco Ledger lost touch with the "Big Two." Johnny managed to manoeuvre out of a tight spot at the 200m and he really rattled home from there, all but reeling in 3rd placed Franco Ledger. With closing sectionals of 800m 54.4 and 400m 27.2, he showed that he had lost none of his old speed. We look forward to seeing him hit out again in the coming weeks.

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Sleepy Tripp storms home for 4th in Avon City Ford Cup

Of the other stable runners racing on the night, Phantom Grin showed that he is continuing to take big steps forward finishing a close up 3rd to the impressive Field Officer. Cullens Spirit proved the best of the three stable runners in the 2 win pace powering home for 4th at big odds behind the still unbeaten Locharburn. 

Donegal's Guest completed the weekend for stable representatives winning 1st up from his new quarters and giving John his second win for the day after earlier reining home McCracken for Uncle Geoff (Dunn).    

Posted: Sun 29 Sep 2013

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