Issue 38 ALEX DUNN RACING WEEKLY REPORT (18th – 24th April)

 

Introduction

De Little Engine makes it our tenth win for 2019, under both flat and jumps. The horses have run well this week with a furthersix top four finishes on top of Engine’s win, and we are just short of breaking £100,000 for 2019.

Round Up of runners

Fourteen runners were sent out this week, ten on the flat and four over jumps. Of those we saw a good return with half of which finishing in the top four.

De Little Engine got a well deserved victory  to right a huge wrong, when his win was stolen from him on the line at Wolverhampton last month by winning at Brighton. This marked another occasion as it was Rossa Ryan’s 100th ride for us and it was great to cement this in such a way. This was his only his second start on turf and he won in commanding style, taking it up from the mid-way point to be pushed out to the line with a little to spare. This performance opens up so many doors for Engine, since this proves he can perform on both surfaces and so doubles the number of races we can be confident that he can run in.

Rogue’s long awaited debut finally arrived, though the performance was sadly marred by a nasty incident towards the end of the race. Even though we were fortunate to inherit third place, it was a more than encouraging performance. At home we know he has speed, as he has demonstrated it more than once on the gallops, but you are always keen to see how this can be turned into results on the course. Finishing 1 ¾ lengths down was a solid performance, he shaped up well approaching the final 2 furlongs but wasn’t able to quicken and so just lost out at the end. All said this performance bodes well for the future.

The ever consistent Cry Wolf finished yet again in the top four, with a solid fourth at Bath. It was slightly unusual to see him upset in the stalls, though this wasn’t helped by the runner beside him being withdrawn. He came to challenge well with 2 furlongs to go, but couldn’t quite sustain that in his final furlong. I keep saying it, but he really has been a superb purchase and continues to run with credit.

Gang Warfare had a tough task at Southwell to defy top weight, ultimately just getting the better of him. Distress flairs started to appear half a mile out, but Gang stuck to the task at hand to make sure he beat a third of the field to be sixth.

Waqt was looking to make a return to winning ways back at Wolverhampton. It was frustrating to lose third on the line, but he was in the right place towards the front the whole way and so finishing in the places was a step back in the right direction. 

However, in the jumps scene it was a week full of promise. Polo the Mumm looked to have done enough at Fontwellwhen approaching the second last, but could not quite pick up to put the race to bed and so had to settle for second place. This was Polo’s third run at Fontwell, and it was the third time that he has run out of petrol on the climb to the line. Fontwellhas a stiff uphill finish and so some horses love it, whilst others detest it. Polo was unfortunately taken on too soon, resulting in him as the racing post put it not seen at his best due to doing a lot in the middle of the race with the winner coming from off the pace.

Broke away on just her second start in handicap company, posted a marvellous performance bringing home a third from Taunton. She just wasn’t quite as fluent as the others two out, making a small mistake that I wouldn’t go as far to say that cost her the win, but would have put us closer. She will continue to run through the summer and hopefully put more of these performances on paper.

Statistical Summary

Jumps 18/19

Earnings - £95,959

Wins - 8

Top 4 finishes – 55/158 (34.81%)

Flat 19

Earnings - £74,398

Wins – 9

Top 4 finishes –37/102 (36.27%)

Total 2019

Earnings - £98,010.33

Wins - 10

Top 4 finishes – 54/158 (34.18%)

Issue 38 ALEX DUNN RACING WEEKLY REPORT (18th – 24th April)

 

Introduction

De Little Engine makes it our tenth win for 2019, under both flat and jumps. The horses have run well this week with a furthersix top four finishes on top of Engine’s win, and we are just short of breaking £100,000 for 2019.

Round Up of runners

Fourteen runners were sent out this week, ten on the flat and four over jumps. Of those we saw a good return with half of which finishing in the top four.

De Little Engine got a well deserved victory  to right a huge wrong, when his win was stolen from him on the line at Wolverhampton last month by winning at Brighton. This marked another occasion as it was Rossa Ryan’s 100th ride for us and it was great to cement this in such a way. This was his only his second start on turf and he won in commanding style, taking it up from the mid-way point to be pushed out to the line with a little to spare. This performance opens up so many doors for Engine, since this proves he can perform on both surfaces and so doubles the number of races we can be confident that he can run in.

Rogue’s long awaited debut finally arrived, though the performance was sadly marred by a nasty incident towards the end of the race. Even though we were fortunate to inherit third place, it was a more than encouraging performance. At home we know he has speed, as he has demonstrated it more than once on the gallops, but you are always keen to see how this can be turned into results on the course. Finishing 1 ¾ lengths down was a solid performance, he shaped up well approaching the final 2 furlongs but wasn’t able to quicken and so just lost out at the end. All said this performance bodes well for the future.

The ever consistent Cry Wolf finished yet again in the top four, with a solid fourth at Bath. It was slightly unusual to see him upset in the stalls, though this wasn’t helped by the runner beside him being withdrawn. He came to challenge well with 2 furlongs to go, but couldn’t quite sustain that in his final furlong. I keep saying it, but he really has been a superb purchase and continues to run with credit.

Gang Warfare had a tough task at Southwell to defy top weight, ultimately just getting the better of him. Distress flairs started to appear half a mile out, but Gang stuck to the task at hand to make sure he beat a third of the field to be sixth.

Waqt was looking to make a return to winning ways back at Wolverhampton. It was frustrating to lose third on the line, but he was in the right place towards the front the whole way and so finishing in the places was a step back in the right direction. 

However, in the jumps scene it was a week full of promise. Polo the Mumm looked to have done enough at Fontwellwhen approaching the second last, but could not quite pick up to put the race to bed and so had to settle for second place. This was Polo’s third run at Fontwell, and it was the third time that he has run out of petrol on the climb to the line. Fontwellhas a stiff uphill finish and so some horses love it, whilst others detest it. Polo was unfortunately taken on too soon, resulting in him as the racing post put it not seen at his best due to doing a lot in the middle of the race with the winner coming from off the pace.

Broke away on just her second start in handicap company, posted a marvellous performance bringing home a third from Taunton. She just wasn’t quite as fluent as the others two out, making a small mistake that I wouldn’t go as far to say that cost her the win, but would have put us closer. She will continue to run through the summer and hopefully put more of these performances on paper.

Statistical Summary

Jumps 18/19

Earnings - £95,959

Wins - 8

Top 4 finishes – 55/158 (34.81%)

Flat 19

Earnings - £74,398

Wins – 9

Top 4 finishes –37/102 (36.27%)

Total 2019

Earnings - £98,010.33

Wins - 10

Top 4 finishes – 54/158 (34.18%)

ALEX DUNN RACING WEEKLY REPORT (11th-17th April)

 

Introduction

After Polo the Mumms emphatic win last week, there were sadly no such results this time round. Thahab Ifraj made a return to the track after a short break and ran respectably whilst it was a tricky week on the flat.

Round Up of runners

Thahab Ifraj made his much anticipated debut over fenced and finished 5th after his short break. He has schooled very well at home, though there isn’t anything like jumping in a race to build up extra experience. He travelled well and looked to be on course for a place until he blundered badly 4 out and that sadly was the end of that. All said it was a sound performance to build on and a chase win looks a viable opportunity come the future.

De Little Engine and Hollander in my opinion both ran to a winning level at Wolverhampton and so there was something to take away from the race. DLE was drawn in stall 10 and he needs to take control of the middle sector of the race to achieve a win, thus when drawn so wide it was always going to be hard to get to the front and take control of the race. Hollander on the other hand was drawn further in, though just wasn’t quite able to get to the winner at the end. That said I come away from this race feeling confident for both their next runs.

News in Racing

Buck Magic who you may remember I trained a couple of years back has been retired by my brother John. He won the Members race at the Ludlow point to point by a comfortable 3 lengths on his first run of the season and being 13 years old, the decision was taken to retire him on a high. John uses him to round up the cows at home and he is really taking to his new life and soon he will be entered for some team chases as well as doing some hunting come the autumn. Happy retirement Buck!

Statistical Summary

Jumps 18/19

Earnings - £93,158

Wins - 8

Top 4 finishes – 52/154 (33.77%)

Flat 19

Earnings - £67,652

Wins – 8

Top 4 finishes –33/92 (35.87%)

Total 2019

            Earnings - £88,462

            Wins - 9

            Top 4 finishes – 47/144 (32.64%)

ALEX DUNN RACING WEEKLY REPORT (11th-17th April)

 

Introduction

After Polo the Mumms emphatic win last week, there were sadly no such results this time round. Thahab Ifraj made a return to the track after a short break and ran respectably whilst it was a tricky week on the flat.

Round Up of runners

Thahab Ifraj made his much anticipated debut over fenced and finished 5th after his short break. He has schooled very well at home, though there isn’t anything like jumping in a race to build up extra experience. He travelled well and looked to be on course for a place until he blundered badly 4 out and that sadly was the end of that. All said it was a sound performance to build on and a chase win looks a viable opportunity come the future.

De Little Engine and Hollander in my opinion both ran to a winning level at Wolverhampton and so there was something to take away from the race. DLE was drawn in stall 10 and he needs to take control of the middle sector of the race to achieve a win, thus when drawn so wide it was always going to be hard to get to the front and take control of the race. Hollander on the other hand was drawn further in, though just wasn’t quite able to get to the winner at the end. That said I come away from this race feeling confident for both their next runs.

News in Racing

Buck Magic who you may remember I trained a couple of years back has been retired by my brother John. He won the Members race at the Ludlow point to point by a comfortable 3 lengths on his first run of the season and being 13 years old, the decision was taken to retire him on a high. John uses him to round up the cows at home and he is really taking to his new life and soon he will be entered for some team chases as well as doing some hunting come the autumn. Happy retirement Buck!

Statistical Summary

Jumps 18/19

Earnings - £93,158

Wins - 8

Top 4 finishes – 52/154 (33.77%)

Flat 19

Earnings - £67,652

Wins – 8

Top 4 finishes –33/92 (35.87%)

Total 2019

            Earnings - £88,462

            Wins - 9

            Top 4 finishes – 47/144 (32.64%)