"Doc" out to make his mark in cup.
It is just two days now until Cup Day at Addington 2015. For supporters of the Robert Dunn stable, this year's chance is No Doctor Needed. While he is a $31 chance on the fixed odds and currently rated as the 7th favourite, there is a quiet excitement in the stable about the guy they know as "Doc".
As far as experience goes No Doctor Needed is somewhat of a novice compared to some of this year's cup runners. Only Brilliant Strike with just 23 starts to his name has less starts on the board. However, in his 26 start career, No Doctor Needed has shown that he is capable of mixing it with the best and all season the cup has been his number one target.
Doc has had the four starts this season to prepare him for Tuesday's cup. First up he was a very brave 4th in the Avon City Ford New Brighton Cup behind one time cup favourite Christen Me. He had to work hard in that race to lead and then kicked on strongly in the straight for a very good 4th.
Two weeks later and it was onto the Canterbury Classic. After the good run first up, there was some real optimism about his chances. However, after stepping well he was forced over extra ground early before getting an alright run forward of midfield. While full of running he was only able to clear traffic late and ran on without a chance for 9th behind cup rival Tiger Tara.
Next up and it was onto Methven for their cup. He again got away well and enjoyed a gun run throughout behind the pacemaking Mach Gladiator. Coming to the turn he looked a big chance but only battled in the straight running a solid third behind another race rival in Messini. While on the face of it this did look a rather ordinary run, John's quick response when he got out of the cart was that, "he didn't cop the grass one bit."
His final race start before the big race was the Flying Stakes at Ashburton on Labour Day Monday. He'd worked superbly leading up to this race and John was confident again of a big run. However, on this occasion he absolutely blew to bits at the start, settling down around 80 metres from the leaders. He chased hard to catch the pack, which he did with 1200m remaining and then had every excuse to chuck in the towel at the business end. Rather than tiring over the last 200m he instead charged home finishing a very creditable 7th, just over six lengths off winner Smolda. John was annoyed on one hand about the early break, but also stoked on the other, at the big effort put up by the the Mach Three 5yr old. This was one big tick in the box as he progressed towards the 3200m feature at Addington.
Any lingering fears of a repeat of what happened at Ashburton were quickly dispelled through last Wednesday's cup trial. Drawing one, as he has in the cup itself, he stepped like a toff before handing up to Corzin Terror. He trailled that runner throughout before coming up the passing lane in the straight to finish a nice third behind Sky Major and Ohoka Punter. He did everything that was expected of him and now it is on to the big show.
"Doc" and Bluey after today's work on the beach
Robert and John are more than happy with where things are at and a nice workout today on the beach confirmed that he is where he needs to be. Providing he can step from his inside draw on Tuesday, he will potentially end up in a nice spot on the markers. A great follower of pace he will be hoping that they go hard up front and that he can use his staying prowess in the run home to get a piece of major prize. We wish Robert, John and all of the connections all the very best and hope that when the whips are cracking that Doc will be there mixing it with the best of them.
Doc strong at the finish of his workout today
Posted: Sun 08 Nov 2015