Exciting season ahead for the Robert Dunn stable
While the 2015-2016 season represented a personal best for Robert as a trainer, he has high hopes for this season, especially with a well bred crop of two year olds.
Even though they ultimately came up short in their quest to win the premiership, Robert was very happy with what they achieved.
"Absolutely stoked really," said Robert.
"While we missed out on the premiership, it was an enormous effort to get 121 wins."
But you can sense that both Robert and son John are even more excited, as they approach the new season. After spending big at this year's premier yearling sale, the pair are buzzing about their crop of new season two year olds.
"John said that this is the best crop of yearlings that he has ever had to work with," remarked Robert.
"He is very confident that they will all make the mark as two year olds this season."
As always, Robert and John are quick to heap praise on their amazing staff.
"We've got a great bunch of workers and without them, we could never have achieved what we have this season."
Long time employee Matt Purvis has moved on in the next step in his career, combining with Nathan Williamson at Ryal Bush. Luke Whittaker is a newcomer on a fulltime basis out at the beach and brings a lot of energy to the team. Experienced horseman Mitchell Kerr is another who has been with the stable for over two months and also brings a wealth of experience in his role.
Star three year old Franco Cristiano leaves tomorrow on what is the first stage of his quest to contest the Breeders Crown final later in the month. John will accompany the horse on the trip and is looking forward to a new challenge.
"Its going to be good thats for sure," said John.
"By going over a bit earlier we can get him all settled in and at this stage he will contest an MO pace on 13 August."
While in Victoria, the horse will be stabled at Andy Gath's property and his knowledge may come in handy in preparations for the big assignment.
"Andy is such a great horseman," said Robert.
"We'd be mad not to tap into his knowledge of the track and that should give us a little bit of a foot up."
Closer to home and John is really pleased with the progress of Franco Nelson.
"He's right on track and all going to plan will contest the Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington, early next month. Cullect A Guiness is also on track for the same assignment."
One of the better three year olds of last season in Alta Las Vegas, is also pleasing in his preparation and is not far away from workouts and trials.
All in all it is exciting times and with spring just around the corner, all of the big racing is just a matter of weeks from kicking off.
Article by Mike Drury
Posted: Tue 02 Aug 2016