After nearly 4 months of the 2013-2014 racing season, things are progressing well for the stable, following on the back of the huge success of last season. The Robert Dunn stable is currently placed 3rd on the premiership table with 22 wins from 146 starters and $258,079 in stake-earnings.
In the senior drivers premiership, John is in 14th place with 15 wins from his 140 drives. In the junior's, Jason Thomas with 5 wins from just 23 drives is currently in 5th place, just 5 wins behind leader Sam Ottley - 10 wins from 93 drives.
Last weekend, John and Dexter headed to Invercargill for the annual Inter-Provincial drivers' challenge. From what on paper appeared to be a very limited book of drives, the boys performed strongly to place 2nd behind the Otago combination of Matthew Williamson and Jonny Cox. Dexter was a narrow winner in the individual stakes, just ahead of Matthew Williamson.
Highview Freddy showing good promise
Highview Freddy (Bettor's Delight - Baptism Of Fire), a full brother to the recently retired Highview Tommy and the well-performed Highview Teejay is showing some good progress and looks one from the stable to be hitting out before long on the racetrack. A $122,000 purchase at the Premier Yearling Sales in Christchurch, John was high in his praise of the Ian Dobson owned runner. "Yea I really like what he's showing to date and all continuing down the right track he could well be racing by Xmas." He enjoyed a good hitout at Monday's Rangiora trials.
Crackaheiny impresses again at Timaru
After a convincing win at Ashburton in the boys' race the previous week, Crackaheiny franked his current good run of form with another top run in the hands of Johnny at Timaru. Given a quiet run from his wide draw, John waited until the 400m before launching the 4yr old Elsu gelding and he got home comfortably by 3/4 length in 3.18 for the 2600m, the last 800m in 58.0, the last 400m in 29.4. This was the horse's 4th win, with three 2nds from just 10 race starts. He looks an exciting prospect to follow over the next couple of months.
Posted: Thu 28 Nov 2013