It's good to be back
While it had been two months since we last raced, for driver John Dunn, it was a case of getting back to doing what he does so well, driving winners. With three wins, all courtesy of outside drives and three placings from as many starters with stable runners, it was a superb first day back at the coalface for Diamond Racing's stable driver.
The day started for Diamond Racing with three year old trotter Yuri producing a great run for second in Race One.
"He was going into today with nothing in the way of trials or anything behind him," said John.
"He almost started too well, getting the lead, but then with all the lead changes ending up four back."
"He got home really well, but the winner (Eurokash) was much too good on the day."
Yuri pleased connections with a very nice first up run for second
Prodigal Guinness was the next of the stable runners to step out in Race Five and continued a good recent run of form in running second, behind the Paul Court trained Terror The Christian.
"Really pleased with him," said John.
"We got a good run three back on the outer but the winner just got away on us a it on the turn as we were having to come wide with our run."
"He found the line good and will improve further with the run."
Prodigal Guinness hit the line really well in running second in Race Five.
The final stable runner was Cheddar Valley in Race Six. Having to start from the unruly over the 1980m trip, Cheddar Valley was back early, but after racing very keenly, was let slide forward by John from the 1000m. After making a concerted run to find the lead at the 600m, he was headed by hot favourite El Dorado on the turn, before battling on strongly for his third placing.
"He just pulled too hard early," was John's reflection.
"He's still gone really well though and was always needing that run today."
Cheddar Valley battled on well for third in Race Six.
John's three winning drives came courtesy of:
Comfortably Numb - for Barry Ward in Race Two
Garry's Legacy - for Craig Kennedy in Race Three
Woodlea Diego - for Tom Twidle in Race Eight.
The day was also notable for the country's leading driver Blair Orange, who reined home his 2000th winner, getting home with Terror The Christian in Race Five. We congratulate Blair on a superb milestone!
Posted: Thu 28 May 2020