ALEX DUNN RACING WEEKLY REPORT (18th October – 24th October)

Introduction

It was ever so nearly Kublai again stealing the limelight this week, with a tremendous run at Uttoxeter getting caught so narrowly on the line to break our hearts. Chasing Headlights was not too far behind either being bang there 2 out and losing by a slightly less narrow 2 lengths to be third. Also Getadollar ran well in a maiden hurdle to finish with the yards second third of the week at Exeter and hopefully will soon be in Handicap company. In other news Gerald our yardman is purring over his new tractor at the yard and we are looking to fill the last remaining places in Cry Wolf, De Little Engine and Enmeshing.

Round Up of runners

A whole bunch of runners were sent put to various meetings this week with 4 on the flat and 7 over jumps. There were 3 placed finishes with other horses running well and improving upon previous performances.

Kublai has been hard at it with 3 runs in 19 days and will have a little rest.  His last race at Uttoxeter was another sterling effort only to be denied a second win by a nose on the line. We thought he had done enough to lead coming to 2 out but then we were just reeled in at the very end on the line. He was running under a 7 pound penalty though he was 3 pounds better for running earlier though the race being increased by 20 yards may have made the difference.

Chasing Headlights had a great spin at Plumpton, though we were obviously hoping for more. He wore cheek pieces for the first time as well as running on the good to firm for the first time and this seemed to help, and this was his best run to date. It was great to get a performance like this and gives us lots of confidence for the future.

Getadollar ran another nice race to be able to challenge the first two horses three out from home, though not quite having the toe of the first 2 she beat the 2 horses behind her nicely. Hopefully she will be given a handicap mark now and be able to make the step to handicaps in the near future.

Champagneforoscar made her debut at Fontwell Park on Wednesday in a bumper and it was a good start to her racing career. She was sensible in the stables and was happy to be tacked up, Micheal Nolan had her racing in the middle of the pack and she settled nicely the first circuit and was a bit tired on the run in though plugged on gamely and came back full of life. She had a great time and now we can look forward to the future to build upon this and we may give her another run in a bumper or put her into a hurdle race as she has schooled very well at home.

New Tractor

Gerald our yardman has been getting to grips with the new tractor, a big green John Deere. The old Massey unfortunately couldn’t go any further and so we decided it was time for a new addition, though for the life of me I cannot remember what model our John Deere is. At the moment it has no arms on it though pretty soon it will have them attached and so save us a lot of time around the yard unloading shavings bales or moving fodder bales. It will also be used for harrowing the gallop as it is not too heavy as well as topping the paddocks and towing the muck trailer amongst other jobs.

Shares still available

There are still share available in some of our horses at West Buckland and these are 3 to pick over.

  • Cry Wolf is our leading flat horse this season in terms of prize money with nearly £20,000 so far this season. He is only 5 and has the world at his feet. I firmly believe that he is not yet at his peak on the flat yet and not to mention his hurdling options too. It is a crime that there are still shares available in him with what he has done for us, and what I believe he can do yet.
  • Enmeshing has won this year and is now on the mark that he won on back in June. Enmeshing is good at his level and always has good runs in him being placed third on his last 2 starts and is definitely a fun horse to get involved with.

    News in racing

    I have been doing a lot of strimming the last couple of days due to Taunton losing their fixture next Wednesday as I was so devastated. We were all geared up to run Polo the Mumm, Chasing Headlights and others at the track and so will have to readjust our plans.

    In other news a huge congratulations is in order for James Bowen making it through to the last 3 of the BBC’s young sports personality of the year award. James has ridden a few horses for us now, with the Kid being one of his first winners under rules. We wish him all the luck going forward with the competition.

    Statistical Summary

    Jumps 18/19

    Earnings - £28, 918

    Wins - 2

    Top 4 finishes – 23/64 (35.94%)

    Flat 18

    Earnings - £101, 591

    Wins – 13

    Top 4 finishes – 53/163 (32.52%)