A great start to the new season

The new season has started in real style for the Robert Dunn stable. After one month of racing, they sit atop the premiership on 6 wins, while John is placed second on the drivers premiership on 8 wins, two behind brother Dexter.

Things were given a big lift at Timaru last Sunday, when the stable produced 4 winning charges - The Pacman (Stevie Golding), Florin and Raphoe (John) and Sterns Arising (Sam).

This weekend's racing is highlighted by Maurice Holmes Vase at Group 3 level, at Addington this Friday. This race has drawn a fine field, with Christen Me likely to start the warmest of favourites. From a stable point of view, it is the debut stable run for Pure Power (to be driven by Sam), while Jivin Cullen makes his first appearance for the new season. Both impressed at last week's Rangiora workouts, with Pure Power doing the job, getting home his last 800m in 54.9 and last 400m in 27.9. Despite the presence of Christen Me and top 4yr olds in Locharburn and Tiger Tara, both horses should be afforded at least a place hope first up.

In other races on the night, there appears to be multiple chances. K C Monet in Race 4, was very good first up for the stable. This time he goes around in the "boys" race, with Matt Purvis to take the reins. He should be competitive with any in this field.

The Pacman did a fine job at Timaru and from barrier one in the 5th, looks set to get a good run in transit. He must be accorded a good eachway hope. Two races later, Berlusconi appears well placed in a C2-3 pace over the 1950m. The draw may be the only problem this time.

The 9th race is for the 4yr olds and older. The runners in this one are Lumos and Florin. Florin was so much better on Sunday, coming with an undeniable run to sneer win 4 of her career. This does appear a major step up so the place may be the best option this time. While Lumos is clearly in career best form and was good last time behind Christen Me and Locharburn in the National Handicap. The company this time is a lot more modest and he does appear the biggest threat to the likely favourite in New Deal.  

The night is rounded out with Stunin Dude in the last. Well backed on debut, he has had his share of issues. While drawn on the second line here, he may be able to get a nice run through. Expect him to be finishing on with real purpose and be a runner to watch out for over the next couple of months. 

Posted: Wed 03 Sep 2014