Alex Dunn Racing Weekly Report (23rd-29th August)


Introduction

Another week and another winner, this time it is Cry Wolf who landed the spoils at Chelmsford on Tuesday. Additionally we had our first runner at Goodwood with French Mix, who apparently ran a cracker to finish second according to jockey Hannah Welch, however as we were only able to see the final half furlong we had to take her word for this!

Round Up of runners

There was a lot of driving done this week by the girls in the yard, going to no less than six different courses and Cry Wolf providing yet another winner for the yard.

Cry Wolf ran a calm race to win a marathon 2 mile trip at Chelmsford on the flat. He was well settled in behind and made his move on the last bend to go wide round the front runners and stretch to a near 2 length winning margin. This horse has taken to us extremely well, his last four starts for his previous yard were:  8th, 5th, 2nd, 5th. Whereas His first four starts for us now read: 4th, 3rd, 3rd, 1st and it is great to have the additional option of hurdles with this horse and should have bright future.  There are still shares available, which I can recommend that someone should snap up!

As mentioned French Mix became our first runner at Goodwood and finished second, adding another £1548 earnings to her prizemoney this year now totalling £12,575. The conditions at the course were extreme with going at the opening of the day being called good-firm and finishing as heavy, as well as visibility dropping to near total blackout, though thankfully racing was able to continue. She has run some good races for us this year since joining in January and we are very hopeful of more success to come with her.

Compton Abbey was our first runner of the week at Chepstow, but unfortunately got completely cut up in running and so all chances of a good run were dashed, though she came home in one piece so will be able to run again. Pack It In had an off day at Stratford whereas Thahab Ifraj, was only beaten 14 lengths and will soon look to chasing prospects.

Schooling

With the return of some softer ground, this means that we will be able to school on the grass strip. With the impending increase in jumps racing fixtures there are number of flat horses who will learn to jump for the forthcoming season. The most recent horse to make this conversion was Maraakib who has now run twice over hurdles. Last week, Tom Scudamore schooled Cry Wolf who was very impressive as well as some of the older horses. With the seasoned horses they do not need to school often, but more often than not after a break it always helps to blow out the cobwebs on the practice ground.

 

News in racing

Noel Fehily all being well will make his long awaited return after a bad fall at Punchestown, it is never nice to see anyone out of the game for long and so hope his recovery goes well.

Statistical Summary

Jumps 18/19

  • Earnings - £19, 407
  • Wins - 1
  • Top 4 finishes – 17/41 (41.46%)

    Flat 18
  • Earnings - £78, 296
  • Wins – 11
  • Top 4 finishes – 42/128 (32.81%)

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The rain at Goodwood was horrendous!