Northern assault on target

Cup week has come and gone for another year and for the Robert Dunn team, a new set of targets has been put in place. Most notable though is a northern assault to be headed by Franco Nelson.

According to co-trainer John Dunn, "with the stakes that they have got on offer up there, you have to have a go really." Franco Nelson will be joined by trotter I've Got This, 3yr olds, Say My Name, Little Rascal,  Robbie Burns and Miss Daisy and good 4yr old No Doctor Needed.      

The team will be stabled at John Street's new Lincoln Farms property which is simply "a brilliant facility," says John.

"We are very lucky to have some boxes that we can lease there and hopefully it will be the start of big things up there."

The team will be joined on their northern sojourn by regular travelling foreman Matt Bowden, a highly respected man within the stable.

Four of the team - No Doctor Needed, I've Got This, Miss Daisy and Little Rascal are likely to be seen at Alexandra Park next Friday.  With minimum stakes of $12,000 on offer, it appears sound economics.

Franco Nelson will have his first hitout the following week in the Manakau Summer Cup at Group Three level.     

Three year olds Say My Name and Robbie Burns have both had their share of setbacks this season, with Say My Name having just the one race and Robbie Burns yet to race. "We've had our issues with both of them," reflected John, "but they do seem to be on the up which is good."

Say My Name has been gelded since last racing and it will probably be after Xmas before he races.

John is likely to be at Alexandra Park driving the team next Friday.       

Posted: Fri 21 Nov 2014

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