Robert achieves consecutive centuries
Going into the weekend's racing, the Robert Dunn stable sat on 98 wins for the current season. Wins by Callenberg on Friday and Mr Meddle Sunday have brought up a century of wins in consecutive seasons.
Callenberg is a horse that has always had quite a reputation in the stable. However, of late he had been off his game. In what was a slightly weaker field this field and courtesy of a pearler of a drive from Dexter, Callenberg powered home over the last 200m to win going away by 1.25 lengths in a handy 3.15.4 for the 2600m. A 5yr old Christian Cullen gelding, out of the good racemare Coburg, Callenberg was recording his 2nd win from 10 attempts. He will look to push on to better things over the winter.
(Photo courtesy of Addington Raceway)
After a convincing win the week before, Mr Meddle was widely expected to be too good in the amateur drivers race at Timaru. Driven by Daniel Reardon, Mr Meddle led early but after changes up front he found himself in an awkward spot 3 back on the markers at the 800m. Able to angle off at the 600m, Reardon was still searching for a run as the field turning for home. However, a gap soon appeared and the horse who had been travelling for the whole trip soon pounced and won comfortably in 3.17.5 for the 2600m mobile. A 4yr old Live Or Die gelding out of handy racemare Another Meddle, Mr Meddle was recording win three from 22 starts.
Mr Meddle and driver Dan Readon after providing win 100 for the R.J.Dunn stable. (photo coutesy of HRNZ)
Importantly for Robert, John and all of their support team, this win gave them back-back centuries in a season. Their 100 wins have come from 745 starters and have resulted in $1, 107, 763 in stake-earning, with just over three weeks to run in the current season. Added to this, John has driven 82 winners from 669 drives.
In pure racing terms, the highlight of the season had to be Franco Nelson's run for second in November's New Zealand Cup, beaten just a half head. The Pukekohe stable continues to gain momentum and looks sure to provide greater spoils in the coming seasons. The Woodend stable continues to pay dividends. All in all, things are looking good as the 2015-2016 season approaches.
Posted: Mon 06 Jul 2015