Westport Day One in review
Day one of this year's coast circuit will certainly be long remembered by the Robert Dunn stable. While four winners on the day was significant, it was Robert's 1000th winner as a trainer that further confirms him as one of New Zealand's best ever trainers. (Robert's career will be highlighted later on this website).
The first day highlight from a pure racing sense had to be the win of Superintendent in the Westport Cup. While his form appeared somewhat ordinary, it had been clear for sometime that staying was his forte. After Johnny had got him away safely and dominated the early pace, he was later able to hand up to stablemate Madiba Magic, which he then followed throughout. Once clear in the home straight, he came with an undeniable rush, running to the lead and then holding on from an equally fast finisher in Reklaw's Supreme.
The win was Superintendent's third in just seven starts for the stable, after having been unwanted from his from his former Sydney base. He looks certain to carry on with his progress and has always appeared a horse that can follow and hang tough on a hot pace. He will back upon the second day of the meeting today.
Artismee is a horse that had long been held in high regard by the stable. A good trial recently meant that confidence was high for his C1 assignment on the first day. His owners, the Westview Racing No 3 syndicate were finally rewarded for their perseverance and belief in the horse's ability. Given a beautiful run throughout by Samantha, he powered to the front at the 200m and held on strongly to hold out a face finisher in Bank Card, ironically driven by John.
Artismee looks sure to go on with it now, but will face a tougher assignment today, racing most of the horses that went around in Friday's cup. With Dexter to drive he will be given every chance.
The day for the Westview syndicate people got even better with a second winner for the day. Geisha Girl, a recent purchase for their number 12 syndicate left the opposition in her wake as she cruised home by 7.5 lengths. She has always appeared one that could kick on further and will get a further chance today also.
Earlier in the day, Little Lion Man was another impressive maiden winner. He lost ground early, did a power of work to get to the breeze, took the lead on the turn and then ran away and won easy. The manner of his win suggests another strong run will be on the cards today.
All in all, it was a superb day and the win of Superintendent, Robert's 1000th, was one that will be long celebrated.
Posted: Sun 28 Dec 2014