Diamonds are a punters best friend

Diamonds are a punters best friend

The extraordinary dominance of John Dunn on the Nelson/Marlborough circuit continued yesterday, as he added a further four winners, all on stable runners. From 29 drives over three days of racing John has driven an impressive 12 winners from 29 drives, with four seconds and three thirds topping things off nicely. The dominance should continue tomorrow with day two at Marlborough. In the early fixed odds markets, the TAB have stable runners as favourites in three of the eight races.

The first winner of the day was consistent maiden Hayden's Meddle. Finally blessed with a decent draw, John was determined to hold up in front all the way, but his drive did present some difficulties.

"He just knocks off in front so I had to keep getting up him," said John.

"It was still a good effort though as he copped a fair bit of pressure, but still kicked strongly to beat Terry's (Chmiel) one."

Owned by Warwick and Una Sparks, Hayden's Meddle lines up in C1 company tomorrow and while drawn a little bit wide, he looks sure to go another great race.

Dream To Reality was the second winner for the stable, also backing up a run of conistent form. In a small field, he was sent to the front after 500m and dominated the race thereafter.  He looked to always be travelling like a winner, but was driven out over the last 50m, to hold out a fast finisher in Sauchiehall. Yesterday's win was his third from just nine starts for his owners Stu and Liz Leadley. With yesterday's win a free win, he will line up against Hayden's Meddle tomorrow in what could turn out to be a stable match race.

Billy Badger was the third stable three year old to be a winner yesterday. Good enough at two to win a Young Guns heat, defeating Pacing Major, he is now starting to really develop as a three year old. A winner at Nelson last week, he was the hottest of favourites yesterday. Parked early on, he later gained a beaut run in the one-one. He was pulled out by John turning for home and quickly pulled in the leaders, before holding on comfortably by three quarters of a length from a strong late finisher in Franco Tai. Owned by the Gordons, this was Billy Badger's 4th win in 19 starts and takes his stake-earnings to over the $50,000 mark. 

The final win for the day was courtesy of another three year old in Gotta Go Ya Hu. By Big Jim, Gotta Go Ya Hu is owned by the McKays. He was a good third last Sunday at Nelson, after a tough run and looked very hard to beat. He was eased early from a wide draw and then launched with his run from the 800m, looming up wide out turning for home. He quickly gathered in the leaders, but his long run to take the lead saw him have to hold out a late challenge from the pacemaking Franco Hampton that fought back very well after being headed. Drawn one tomorrow, he looks sure to be the early leader and in his current form must be a great winning hope again.

Other runners from yesterday:

Goldiloch - started as a very warm favourite, but broke just after the start eventually being pulled up. John has made some gear adjustments for tomorrow and expects a better run.

Out Of Aces - was a much improved run for 4th in the Hayden's Meddle race. He continues to improve each start.

Living Legend - was jogging in his race, but broke when being pulled out. He meets a strong C1 field tomorrow but can run a place.

Foreverman - was not as good in his gait as he was at Nelson. He faced the breeze all the way and battled strongly for 5th. John is hopeful of a better run tomorrow.

Miss Daisy - never got into her race after starting from the second row. John is very happy with her though and she can win tomorrow at good odds.

Posted: Sat 21 Jan 2017

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