A big night ahead for Dexter at Woodbine Mohawk Park
Dexter Dun has only been in North America for under ten months, however, he has quickly shown North Americans his class. Second in the drivers' premiership at the Meadowlands and third at Harrah's Chester, Dexter has already teamed up with a number of America's best trainers and has repaid them with some outstanding form. Tonight North American time, this afternoon New Zealand time, he drives in Canada on one of their biggest night's of racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park and lands the drive on Bettors Wish for his boss and mentor Chris Ryder in the feature race the North American Cup.
The night for Dexter gets serious in Race Ten where he combines with Treacherous Reign (in picture) for top trainer Tony Alagna in the Fan Hanover final worth $454,000 for the three year old fillies. One of two elimination winners on the track last weekend, Treacherous Reign has drawn perfectly in barrier three and will start second elect in the race, with favourite Warrawee Ubeaut drawn outside her in barrier four. Dexter was suitably impressed by her effort last week and had no hesitation choosing her as his drive for the final. As an elimination winner, he had his choice of draw for the final.
One race later and it is the night's feature, the North American Cup where Dexter combines with Bettors Wish for Chris Ryder. A $1,000,000 race for the three year old colts and geldings, Bettors Wish was also an elimination winner in his division last weekend. Consequently, he also lands a great draw, coming out of barrier three.
Bettors Wish has been in great form through the North American spring and was the winner a fortnight ago of the $300,000 Art Rooney. Dexter describes him as a lovely horse and while this is an elite field, thought that he had to be accorded a winning chance. He is likely to start second or third favourite in the race which is likely to be dominated on the tote by the Tim Tetrick driven Workin Ona Mystery, which starts outside him in barrier four.
Dexter's final drive in the night's features is with an old favourite, former New Zealander Bettor Joy in Race Twelve, the Roses Are Red final for the fillies and mares, for $330,000. Formerly trained by Dexter's old boss Cran Dalgety, Bettor Joy has done a great job since in the US and was a nice fifth in last week's lead-up. She draws reasonably well in barrier five this evening, but with champion mare Shartin drawn inside her, place prospects are probably more likely on this occasion.
While Dexter has won any number of features in his already stellar career including the Miracle Mile, Auckland Cup and New Zealand Derby, tonight's meeting will almost certainly be as big an occasion as he has driven at. We will be watching on and reporting back on how his day has gone.
Posted: Sun 16 Jun 2019