Alta Orlando leads five-pronged stable attack on cup
Robert Dunn has been one of this country's foremost trainers for many years now and tasted success in the 2006 version of the great race with Mainland Banner. Up until now, the most runners that he has ever had contest the cup in any given year is two - Master Musician and Defoe in 1991, but next Tuesday, there will be five starters representing Diamond Racing Stables.
"It's amazing really," said Robert.
"It looked like we would have the three runners, but with the ones that have come out, it gives both Billy Badger and Zadaka a shot also."
In terms of consistency of performance in the lead up races, you need go no further than Alta Orlando as the number one stable hope. Robert expects that he wil be spot on for the big day.
"He's in a really good head space that horse right now and is really settled and happy."
"He has the high speed, but he is also a fabulous stayer."
"It's just a shame that Chicago Bull has come out of the race, as with him and Tiger (Tara) both involved it was guaranteed to be a hot pace, but we might be relying on Tiger a bit now to get that genuine tempo that a horse like Alta Orlando really needs to be a winning chance."
Captain Dolmio is a quality racehorse and while out of his best form at present, Robert does think he could be the smokey in the race.
"We'd had a problem with him with his bumpers, but he seems a lot bighter now. His work has been good."
"He set up a pretty hot pace last week for Nathan and maybe that hurt him a bit towards the end of that race. From his wide draw and with his good manners he has the ability to get over and into a nice spot early and the two miles will definitely suit him."
Letspendanitetogetha was another that disappointed last time to the races, in the Fying Stakes. He missed Kaikoura and was given a chance to freshen up for his major assignment.
"He's really good now and is another that has been working super."
"He's had a lot of injuries throughout his career, but seems as good as we have had him. He wouldn't be far away either if he got the run to suit."
Until five days ago, it looked like both Billy Badger and Zadaka would be assigned to the junior free-for-all on cup day. However, a string of late withdrawals has seen both runners get there chance, something that Robert is particularly pleased about for his owners.
"The open class ranks are definitely not the strongest at the moment so it's probably a good year for both to get in. Billy draws well and should get a handy run, while Zadaka will need plenty of luck off the unruly."
Alta Orlando is currently the most favoured of the stable runners at $20 on the fixed odds, while Zadaka is the $181 outsider.
Posted: Wed 07 Nov 2018