Day one of the Breeders Crown belongs to the men from Down Under

Day one of the Breeders Crown belongs to the men from Down Under

Without a doubt, day one of the Breeders Crown was a day that the men from Down Under will never forget. Good mates Dexter Dunn and Andy McCarthy took home the major spoils in three of the four features again underlining that they are two of the very best in the business, wherever they are driving.

It was Andy that struck first blood with an upset win on Ramona Hill for Tony Alagna, the first of two wins for that combination. A 27-1 chance, she came with an undeniable finish to down the two hotpots Sister Sledge and Hynotic Am in the final for the two year old trotting fillies. Dexter's drive Shishito was far from her best form today, finishing at the tailend of the field. 

One race later and it was Andy who was again too good, this time with a real roughie Reflect With Me, again for Tony Alagna. She came home right over the top of them all after getting well back, mastering favourite Lyons Sentinel at the 50m. Dexter also got a slice of the action, with another roughie in Marloe Hanover, gambling on a rails run and charging late for third for Nifty Norman.

In the two year old trotters final for the colts and geldings, Dexter finally found the winners circle, driving Amigo Volo, again for Nifty Norman.

Unlike last week when he was slow off the gate, today the Father Patrick two year old came off the gate humming.

"Once he got away like that I thought it was best to just keep him rolling," said Dexter.

"If I handed up, then you run the risk of him objecting to the grit in his face like he did last week."

"I knew I had them pretty stretched out down the back so I asked him to do his best and he really put in."

"He was pretty tired at the end, but he'd just made it too hard for the others that were doing the chasing."

For Dexter, who has won any number of North American features this season, this win was right up there with his career highlights.

"It's a pretty big thing over here the Breeders Crown, so to win one of those, yea it's right up there."

Dexter was very quick to heap praise on Amigo Volo's trainer Richard Nifty Norman and felt very pleased to pay him back for all of the help that he has given him, since coming to the states 14 months ago.

"Well it was Chris Ryder and Nifty Norman (both ex-pat New Zealanders) that were so good to me once I arrived over here, so to win one of these for Nifty is pretty special."

Dexter will have his chance to pay back his boss, Chris Ryder tomorrow, when he drives the superstar colt Bettor's Wish in his final for the three year old colts and geldings. He along with the top trotting mare Manchego, look to give Dexter a great hand and a chance to wrap up the Grand Circuit features in style.

Posted: Sat 26 Oct 2019