Music a standout in debut win for the stable
While he had been in the stable care for his previous start win, last night was Music's debut win for the Robert Dunn stable. While there was a confidence about his work leading into last night's race, his 11-1 odds were reflective of the supposed dominance in the field of the Paul Court trained Cable Beach. However, when that runner was forced to do some early work and was then left to sit in the breeze for the better part of the race, the whole dynamics of the race had well and truly changed.
Prepared for most of his 44 start career by Bruce Negus, Music had a solitary placing in his last 17 starts before his Methven victory. As his form had tapered off so had his confidence, so Bruce suggested a change of scenery to owner Greg Brodie. In what has so far proved to be an inspired move, he had been with the stable for under two weeks before upsetting at 40-1 odds in the junior drivers race at Methven for Matt Purvis.
Leading into last night's race John felt that he had trained on well and was expecting a big run. After drawing well in one, he soon lost this advantage, showing no speed at all out of the gate. This perhaps worked out to be a blessing as he was able to avoid all of the early fireworks up front that ultimately saw hotpot Cable Beach parked for the duration of the race.
Coming off the back for the last time and Music was six lengths off the pacemaker Rapid Mach and was forced to come four and five wide with his run. It was only late in the piece that he looked a serious winning chance, storming to the front at the 50m and going onto a convincing victory the 5th of his 44 start career, for $36,000 in stakes. The 2600m was cut out in a smart 3.12.3, the last 800m in 58.6 and the 400m in 29.6.
While it is too early to tell if this is really a star on the rise, clearly in his current form, Music looks one to follow with a lot of interest over cup week.
Alta Las Vegas which is still a chance for a start in the Sires Stakes final on cup day produced another good run for second in Race Four behind the Gerard O'Reilly trained Sparkling Delight which led for much of the 1950m journey. John was happy enough with the run, but did feel that he was entitled to have won given the trip that he received - three back on the outer for the last lap. In the same race, Dancing In The Dark drifted out over the last 200m after having raced parked from the 1000m.
Cullect A Guinness was backed into a warm favouritism in Race Seven, an event for the C3-C5 pacers over the 1950m. From his wide draw he was forced to do a lot of work before working to the breeze at the 1200m. He was then given a nice cover from the 1000m as Explosive Art had gone around to the breeze. Coming to the turn he still looked to be a big chance, but as soon as the gaps appeared from the 200m it was clear that he didn't have his usual fight to be in it on this occasion. Instead it was stablemate Donegal Jimmy Dave and Dexter that stormed home late after getting a three wide trip home on the back of Here We Go Again. He really let down over the last 100m only to be denied by 1/2 neck by a very game pacemaker in Maverick.
The final runner for the night was Little Rascal for Craig Smith in the junior drivers race. Having drawn wide, Craig elected to go forward with the Panspacificflight 4yr old gelding, working to the breeze at the 1500m. This was a spot that he would occupy throughout, outside the pacemaking Lightning Mach.
As the field turned for home it was evident that Little Rascal still had more to give and he fought hard to get the better of Lightning Mach. However, it was Craig's good mate and fellow stable junior driver Matt Purvis that would have the final say with the Telfer and Garlick trained Ashton K. With the benefit of a soft trail throughout and then use of the passing lane, he stormed through at the 100m to take the lead and held strongly to win by a neck in a smart 2.22 for the 1950m trip. While beaten on the night, another win for Little Rascal is clearly very near. For Craig, while denied his first driving win, he was still delighted with the run of his charge that never shirked its job in the run to the line.
Matt's win was his third for the season from 28 race starts. He is 11 runs adrift of runaway leader Brad Williamson in the junior drivers premiership.
Matt Purvis who last night registered his third win for the 2015-2016 racing season
Posted: Sat 31 Oct 2015