ALEX DUNN RACING WEEKLY REPORT (1st– 7th November)


Introduction

A very busy period has just passed this gone week, with no less than 13 runners being sent out with mixed results. The stockpile of stable materials is ever growing and Gerald has finally got a bucket fitted onto the tractor. Though what has been most brilliant as of late, has been the rain which has finally allowed me to school on the grass.

Round Up of runners

Chasing Headlights built upon his previous run to go 1 better and be second at Plumpton, under Adam Wedge. Chasing still managed to make a couple of mistakes on his run round, though he is getting tidier with each run. Reading the RP review, they believe it is not long till he will break his maiden tag and we certainly hope not to disappoint them.

French Mix ran a much improved race at Kempton on the flat to finish a fast closing third. Her first run back after her break was disappointing, though upon reflection she probably just needed the run to blow out the cobwebs. Hannah gave her a good ride, with French Mix bravely holding her position on the bend to then finish with a flourish at the end.

Envole Toi made his stable debut at Ascot on Saturday, running very pleasingly and getting us excited for the future. He led for most of the race, jumping well and coming into the home turn in the mix. The long term plan for him will be chasing, though rather annoyingly due to his last run in France he is out of novice company. He has come down 5 pounds as a result of the race and so gives us lots more options for the future on a promising debut.

Thahab Ifraj made life hard for himself at Wolverhampton, by lumbering out of the stalls. The first time Visor appeared to help and he stayed on strong at the end, receiving a 2 pound drop.  Had he not been as slow out 4th would definitely have been achievable and so look forward to the future for him.

Enmeshing ran in his typical fashion again, this time at Kempton to finish 5th. This is the first time he has not been placed since August and so is a little gutting. Interestingly the race was half a second slower than when he was third beaten by 1 ½ lengths in mid-October.

Schooling

We schooled Blackwater Bramble, Getadollar and Geni Johnson over the hurdles, with the first 2 also jumping the chase fences. They all jumped well, especially the 2 over the chase fences who took to the task exceptionally and so was a good confidence booster going into their respective races.

There are a lot of horses who are yet to have their first runs back since their break and so there will be a lot of schooling over the next coming weeks, with a bit of luck.

News in Racing

It was the Melbourne Cup this week and a marvellous piece of history was made, when Cross Counter won the race leading the way of a British 1 2 3. This was the first time that this has ever happened and so shows how competitive the British Horseracing is, on an international scale.

Statistical Summary

Jumps 18/19

Earnings - £29, 892

Wins - 2

Top 4 finishes – 24/68 (35.29%)

Flat 18

Earnings - £104, 274

Wins – 13

Top 4 finishes – 55/175 (31.43%)