ALEX DUNN RACING WEEKLY REPORT (4th October – 10th October)


A much quieter period this week on the track with just 5 runners and sadly no places, however this does not mean that there has been no activity at home, which could not be further from the truth. The concrete has finally set and so we have been able to crack on installing the 2 brand new 10 horse walkers. Meanwhile on the gallops the horses have been exercising hard as we would love to get our hands on some more winners and need to extract the most out of the summer runners whilst the ground holds.

Round Up of runners

Polo the Mumm made his debut for the yard at Huntingdon and ran well for the most part though was found wanting for toe on the penultimate bend. This being said he ran on again later on and so should benefit for a longer trip and possibly fences.

Thahab Ifraj finished 7th of 15 in a big field, stepping up 3 furlongs on last run yet still finished with a strong run and so maybe the longer trip is what he needs.

Chasing Headlights had an outing at Southwell, which was only his second try over fences and completed despite a couple of mistakes. It’s great that he has now jumped round twice clear and so hope this experience will lead to better things.

Horse Walkers

As mentioned at the start we have some new horse walkers going in, providing us with 20 additional slots. Horse walkers are brilliant for 3 reasons to us:

  • Warm up/Warm down
    • The horses can be on the walker tacked up, so that the horses can be warmed up gradually before galloping and cool off as well as dry after being ridden without getting stiff in a stable standing still.
  • Light exercise
    • If a horse is tired then they can go on the walker for a light exercise instead of being ridden whilst not being put under the strain of being ridden.
  • Safer
    • By having the horses warmed up on the walker the horses can be cantered straight away rather than having to go on the road and risk the minor, yet constant scourge of traffic on the roads

      By having more spaces it means that we will be able to increase what we already do on a smaller scale, yet larger.

      News in racing

      There was quite a fiasco at Nottingham when the officials managed to mistakenly withdraw the wrong horse, Magic Pulse, from the sprint final of the grassroots series instead of Operative. It was very unfortunate as the wrong horse was relayed to the clerk of the course who then withdrew Magic Pulse, even though the mistake was soon realised it was too late as a public announcement had already been made. This was much to the owner, Craig Buckingham’s dismay who was left upset at the incident.

      This being said 24 hours later Karma showed its fate, with Desirable Court getting a walkover at Warwick and hopefully went some way to healing the situation.

      Sadly Exeter lost its meeting on the 11th October due to the ongoing dry weather and one prays for some rain to come in the not so distant future with future fixtures up and coming.

      Statistical Summary

      Jumps 18/19

      Earnings - £22, 035

      Wins - 1

      Top 4 finishes – 19/56 (33.93%)

      Flat 18

      Earnings - £100, 829

      Wins – 13

      Top 4 finishes – 52/155 (33.55%)