Dexter gets five at Forbury

The younger of the Dunn brother's Dexter was on fire at yesterday's Tuapeka Cup day at Forbury Park, driving yet another five win bag.

Dexter's day started well with Circus Boy breaking it's maiden duck for trainer Tony Barron. A Majestic Son 4yr old, Circus Boy was recording his first win from just seven starts and does look one to progress further.

A couple of races later, Dexter was back in the winner's circle as he combined with the Billy Heads trained Strathmore' Charm to lead from go to whoa in a handy 2.51 for the 2200m stand.

Win three came with Deceitndesire a 4yr old mare trained by Tony Stratford. Put out in the early odds on the fixed odds market at 34-1, Deceitndesire stepped well before handing up to favourite Hard N Fast. Turning for home she looked to be travelling like a winner and pounced as soon as she had access to the passing lane going on to win by 1.25 lengths.

Dexter's final two winning drives came with horses that he has combined with successfully in the past in Pegasus Dream in the feature trot and Titan Banner in the day's feature the Tuapeka Cup.

The Noel Taylor trained Pegasus Dream has been somewhat of a revelation this season and was recording his 5th win from 26 starts yesterday. After doing it hard for the last lap outside the pacemaking Valmagne, he assumed control at the 200m and went to the line strongly to defeat Monty Python by a neck in 4.08.6 for the 3200m. He will now head to Addington in a couple of weeks and will line up in the intermediate class trot over 3200m on Cup Day.

Titan Banner is a horse that Dexter has also had a lot of time for and he justified his warm favouritism in this year's Tuapeka Cup over the 3200m. Well positioned on the outer throughout, Titan Banner was drawn wide by Dexter on the turn and powered home by 1.25 lengths in an impressive 4.01.4. A half brother to 2005 New Zealand Cup winner Mainland Banner, Titan Banner was recording his 8th win from just 15 times to the races. Like Pegasus Dream he will now progress to Addington and Cup Week. 


In his other drives for the day Dexter also recorded placings with Envious (second) and Highview Illusion (third).

After missing the early part of the season, Dexter has now run out to a convincing lead in the premiership, and with 37 wins he leads brother John by 12 wins.

Posted: Mon 26 Oct 2015