Career win 900 a great milestone for John
When your younger brother is Dexter Dunn, you know all about records and ticking off career milestones. But for the older of the Dunn brothers John, it was another personal milestone on Friday evening at Addington when Bettor Chance, a recent newcomer to the stable ranks recorded its third victory, giving John career win 900.
A horse that John had been looking after previously for owner Stan Moore, Bettor Chance was having its second official start for the Robert Dunn stable at Addington on Friday. Drawn in barrier nine, John elected to go back with Bettor Chance early and was up to 18 lengths off the leader at the mile mark on the back of a 1.11 lead time. Asked to go forward solo from the 900m on a three wide run, Bettor Chance made up ground quickly and was up disputing the pace three wide at the 400m. Turning for home, the horse sustained a big run to hit the lead centre track, before holding on ever so gamely to hold out the late finisher in She'sa Tricky Bridge in a good time of 3.13.9 for the 2600m mobile.
Friday's victory was the third in 25 starts for the five year old Bettor's Delight mare.
While last season, was a bit down on previous years totals for John, he still produced a good return with 75 wins, often forgoing stable drives to the likes of brother Dexter as he concentrated on training responsibilities. However, the great horseman that John is, he has been associated with a number of topliners as a driver, including the great mare Venus Serena and Franco Nelson that he combined with to run second, narrowly beaten in the 2014 New Zealand Cup, just beaten by Adore Me.
John has started the current season in good form and with five wins for the season sits one behind leader David Butcher.
Friday night was also a great milestone for stable employee Andrew Fitzgerald. Andrew who helps out mornings at Woodend Beach, as well as working for HRNZ, has been recently registered as a trainer and had his first official runner to the races a couple of weeks ago in the now retired Verdun. However, at Addington on Friday, it was Black Art, a horse that Andrew recently syndicated out of the Tim Trathen stable that did the job, courtesy of a great John Dunn drive. Hopefully this will be the first of many winners for one of the real colourful and enthusiastic characters in the harness racing industry.
Posted: Sun 20 Aug 2017