Alex Dunn Racing Weekly Report (9th-15th August)


Another Thursday has been and gone bringing with it a whole new hive of activity. The yard sent out a double figure number of runners again with 10 horses running, with 3 top 3 placings, Cry Wolf an unlucky loser, and all but 1 horse collecting prize money. Meanwhile in the yard with the prospect of some ground changing rain the corner, with a bit of luck we will be able to school some horses next week.



Round Up of runners

Cry Wolf, Sigrid Nansen and French Mix all finished 3rd as well as the return of jump racing on Wednesday allowing us to run both Kublai and Maraakib at Newton Abbot, both finishing mid division in some big fields.

On the 10th Cry Wolf ran a very good race over a marathon distance of 2m ½ furlong at Wolverhampton and beaten at the end by ¾ of a length. He settled in well and come with a late run at the end but just could not quite get there in time, but a thrilling run none the less. His 3 runs for us, give his form as 4th, 3rd, 3rd. Ladurelli ran 30 minutes earlier and was 6th in a competitive handicap.

We had a positive day at Windsor, sending 4 runners with both French Mix and Sigrid Nansen being placed, as well as the latter winning the best turned out for Jade Dalton. He ran a cracking race, being held up and came with a staying run on the outer but just wasn’t able to keep up with the toe of the winner. He is improving nicely with his form reading 6th, 4th, 3rd. French Mix on the other hand had to rely on her power once again, forcing her way through the traffic on the home run and had every chance, to finish a gallant third. She is a nice type and we would hope make a hurdler one day too.

Wednesday brought with it the return of the jump racing season and we sent 2 runners to Newton Abbot. This was an especially surprising day for a couple of lucky people with Russell and Anne Dennis not having a horse to run and then suddenly by 10 o’clock becoming the owners of Maraakib. His second start over hurdles was a nice run to progress on from his run, beaten 15 lengths unlike the 34 lengths on debut and so finishing 7/15. Kublai managed one better to be 6/14 beaten 12 ½ lengths and so both showing that they are not far off.

Best Turned Out

A competition that you may not be too aware of is the best turned out competition that is decided upon before the start of every race. This is something that the girls in the yard take very seriously, and as I mentioned earlier Jade won the award at Windsor with Sigrid Nansen. The main points we look for are:

  • Has the horse been brushed?
  • Are there quarter marks? (Not tattoos! but patterns that are drawn on the hind quarters of the horse)
  • Plaits in the mane and tail, although to be correct many consider that the tail should not be plaited
  • Is the tack and any clothing of the person leading up clean?
  • Most importantly a smile. Does the lad/lass look proud to be leading the horse

    This extra bit of competition works very well for employee, employer and the racecourse. The employee has the satisfaction of winning, as well as a small financial bonus; the employer has highly motivated staff and the racecourse gets prime looking animals to be presented to the public. There have been many best turned outs won in the yard over the years, Nutty probably is our current leader and it is great to see the team putting in this extra effort and showing off their work.

    News in racing

    There was a brief scare at Yarmouth races last week as racing had to be delayed due to 2 separate bush fires next to the track. It has been a hard time for all with all the dry weather but hopefully now with the rain this problem should cease to exist and in addition hopefully get Bath back racing, the racecourse has suffered hugely due to the drought and firm ground, with fixtures being transferred to Brighton and Chepstow where it is possible to water and Wolverhampton on the all-weather.


Jade with French Mix  


Schooling Thahab Ifraj