The old firm of Robert and Ricky combine for success with Callenberg
While it is not often these days that we see Ricky May wearing the Robert Dunn colours on raceday, you can guarantee that when the two do combine it is game on! Ricky has commitments to a number of other stables, most notably the Greg and Nina Hope team, while Robert's regular driver these days is eldest son John. However, today was a step down memory lane as Ricky did the steering behind Callenberg guiding him to a comfortable victory, deputising for regular driver John who is up in Auckland for tomorrow's sales.
Callenberg has been a real revelation since the New Year, with today's win completing a hat-trick of wins. He seems a lot stronger this time in and has a real penchant for the grass tack surface, today's win his third from six starts. However, he had to be good to win today meeting a handy field of C2-C3 pacers.
Caught wide early, Ricky initially eased back early on, but was quickly on the move with cover after 400m, easily finding the lead at the 1600m. As he tends to do when racing on the pace, Callenberg relaxed beautifully and set a strong tempo. While he had the hot favourite Alpha Rock positioned outside him over the last 1000m, Callenberg always looked to be travelling well within himself. As the field turned for home, Alpha Rock was first under pressure and Callenberg was soon able to find a length's advantage. While Alpha Rock stuck strongly for the length of the straight, Callenberg travelled well within himself in the run to the line and was too good winning by one and a half lengths over Alpha Rock, with roughie New York Town a further length away in third place.
Today's win was Callenberg's 5th from just the 22 starts for his owners Terry McDonald and Eddie Griffin. He will no doubt continue down the Country Cups path over the next month or two.
The Callenberg win was the 4th for the week for the Robert Dunn team and takes the season total to 65.
Callenberg completes a hat-trick of wins on the grass at Methven this afternoon
Posted: Sun 21 Feb 2016