ALEX DUNN RACING WEEKLY REPORT (11th October – 17th October)


Introduction

Kublai becomes the latest winner for the West Buckland team, winning at Worcester over hurdles impressively by 18 lengths! This links in nicely with the flat yard passing the £100,000 prizemoney barrier taking our tally under both codes to £127,450 this year and now looking to break the £150,000 hopefully before the end of the season. At the yard a roof has been placed on the existing walker, and we are now awaiting the much anticipated stables.

Round Up of runners

Six runners were sent to post this week, with an impressive win from Kublai and another good run from Enmeshing collecting another 3rd place.

A lot of work was paid off this week with Kublai’s win at Worcester, with everyone working hard to get him into shape. He ran in midfield for most of the race before going on with Shanroe Tic Tec and then getting away from him 2 out to coast home under a comfortable lead. He holds entries at Hereford and Uttoxeter next week and so will run again quickly, if we want to run again before the weights rise.

Enmeshing ran yet another good race at Kempton on the flat, finishing 3rd at a massive 20/1 and only getting beat by 1 ½ lengths. We tried to make more use of him this time as we haven’t had quite as much toe as some other horses in a finish and so Enmeshing was leading form 2 furlongs out, but headed close to the finish and lost 2nd right at the end. This time it was a trip 3 furlongs shorter than last and so we thought going earlier for home would help, which it did, yet not quite enough.

Sandro Botticelli ran in a class 3 at York on the Saturday and finished midfield. We tried first time blinkers and this helped, it is always exciting to have a runner in high class races, but sadly the wide draw proved too costly and he unable to finish placed.

News in racing

The future of Down Royal racecourse in Ireland has been put into uncertainty due to a dispute between the management company that runs the track with the actual owners of the course. The issue is that if the owners of the track were to run the course in house then they would require a licence granted to them by the IHRB and that there is no guarantee this licence will be permitted. Hopefully all can be resolved.

On a brighter note, after reading the Racing Post it has emerged that from 28 interested parties there are now four contenders vying for Towcester, with Arena Racing being one of them. Alas it looks as if Towcester will be saved and we may begin to breathe a sigh of relief.

Statistical Summary

Jumps 18/19

Earnings - £25, 859

Wins - 2

Top 4 finishes – 20/58 (34.48%)

Flat 18

Earnings - £101, 591

Wins – 13

Top 4 finishes – 53/159 (33.33%)