Missinmemate brings A game to register convincing win

Back to the all weather surface today and on a track that he had performed well at previously, Missinmemate justified the confidence of driver John Dunn getting home by three quarters of a length over favourite Alta Shelby. It was J Dunn at his absolute best as he made a decisive move down the back-straight to take the lead and then Missinmemate kicked too well up the straight to hold off the more favoured runners.

Trained for his first two wins by Brendon Hill at Swannanoa, the horse was transferred to the Robert Dunn Woodened stable ahead of his last start. Confidently backed on that occasion, his effort at first appearances seemed a poor one. However, John felt that it was more of an aversion to the grass track surface on that occasion and was expecting a big run.

After settling back last early, he was well positioned in the one-one  at the 800m, when John made the call to push forward with purpose, surging to the lead inside the 700m. Looking to travel well turning for home, he simply kicked too well for his opponents, going to the line full of running.

Today's win was Missinmemate's third from 21 starts, for over $22,000 in stakes won.

It was a mixed day for the other stable runners today.

Tuapeka Trick got well back from his second line draw today and with no major moves in the race was still many lengths adrift of the leaders come the 400m. When drawn wide for his run he stormed home out wide to finish within three lengths of winner Debnita Rose that had led throughout. His run was a very good one and with a final 800m run in a tick over 55 seconds, he did well to get as close as he did.

Alta Orlando can sometimes get things horribly wrong and today was one of those days. In today's Hannon Memorial, he was on the back-foot as the tapes were released, swinging around before breaking and losing all hope.

The final runner was Out Of Aces in the junior drivers race. He made good ground for sixth after being well back throughout.

Posted: Sun 24 Sep 2017

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