John closing in on another season milestone

John closing in on another season milestone

For our number one stable driver John Dunn, this season has been as good as it gets in many ways. In terms of seasonal earnings and overall wins he sits second in the premiership behind Blair Orange. Tomorrow night at Addington he looks set to surpass the 100 win mark for yet another season as well as the $1.5 million mark in seasonal earnings.

John continues to run the training side of things for father Robert, out of the Woodend arm of the stable. This season has seen any number of highlights for the pair, but ultimately it was the three Group Ones at the end of the season for trotter Sundees Son that will be the individual highlight. Having the five runners in last November's New Zealand Cup was no doubt another special moment for the pair. 

It was only last week that father Robert brought up training win 100 for the season courtesy of Megastar, an Alexandra Park winner for the Whistle Up Syndicate. It was the 4th time that his stable had surpassed the 100 win mark in a season.  

While the stable only have a skeleton racing team at present, John is still getting plenty of outside drives. It is one of these, Belmont Major, for cousin Tom Bagrie that looks set to get him across the line early in the Addington card. A two year old Art Major colt, Belmont Major was a convincing winner last week and looks set to go back to back based on that run.

Stable runner Kapai goes around in Race Five and after an encouraging run here last week, he is sure to be well supported and hard to beat. 

John combines with another stable runner Onedin Reign in Race Seven. She will appreciate a significant dropback in class here and if she is in anywhere near her form of the autumn, she would be another chance for John at some nice odds.

Benchmark is a newcomer to the team in Race Nine. Formerly trained by Murray Howard, he is a horse with a big motor on his day and fresh up and all, he must take a power of beating.

The final drive for John is with Huey Lewis in the last. He has been racing consistently in this class with little luck at times. He would at least be a place hope in an even field. 

Posted: Thu 04 Jul 2019

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