Alex Dunn Racing Weekly Report (6th- 12th September)


Cry Wolf does it again, returning to Chelmsford to pick up another impressive win. In addition both Compton Abbey and Greeneyedafghan picked up places at Brighton. We also welcomed some new horses to the yard: Polo the Mumm an 8 year old dual hurdler and chaser who we hope to have some fun with.

Round Up of runners

As mentioned Cry Wolf provided another winner for the yard, taking the season total of prizemoney even closer to £100,000 on the flat. It was even more impressive because he beat an odds of favourite with odds of 2/9 and owned by no other than Godolphin, not to mention winner’s prizemoney of £8,345. He ran a steady race and the second looked clear to win 4 furlongs out, but Cry Wolf had other ideas and soon reeled him in to put a comfortable 4 ½ lengths between him and the second at the post.

Compton Abbey picked up yet another place to give her a 60% placing rate with 3/5 finishing in places. This was the first time that she had run on a undulating and bending course and she managed to do it, which was encouraging although we are always looking for new things to get that winner. Greeneyedafghan was the other runner to go to Brighton and picked up the other placed effort. It was good to see him beating a couple of horses, though we are still hopeful of more improvement to come.

Diamond Reflection switched to hurdling this time round at Newton Abbot, finishing 5/12 which we would have hoped better for, however he still managed to beat 7 horses and hopefully one day will get his head in front over obstacles. That being said for a £600 sales purchase he has provided us with a lot of fun and will continue to do so. Cool Macavity ran a rare off day but is back in one piece and will go again. Interestingly the winner of his race before last, went on to win again when we were a narrow loser and so gives us some encouragement.

Race course watering

In turf racing there are several types of racing from Heavy – Soft – Good to Soft – Good – Good to Firm – Firm. The softer the ground is, is associated with slower race times and vice versa with dryer race times leading to typically quicker times. If in the event of the clerk of the course deciding that the course is too firm he may either decide to either aerate the ground or water.

This is typically done by either sprinklers or long pipe networks laid out along a strip of the course to water from. Watering may take place days before racing and even upon the day of it. A jumps course will always be targeting good springy ground for racing to take place on, however this is not always possible and so will try to get as close to it as possible.

News in racing

An unusual scenario played out at Salisbury this week, with the track falling foul to chafer grub damage. They are larvae of chafer beetles and feed on decaying plant material and then allows the turf to be loosened thus forcing false ground. In addition badgers and other animals are attracted to the area digging up the ground and so disturbing which is bad news for racing, though hopefully this issue will be soon remedied.

Statistical Summary

Jumps 18/19

  • Earnings - £20, 091
  • Wins - 1
  • Top 4 finishes – 18/44 (40.91%)

    Flat 18
  • Earnings - £91, 397
  • Wins – 13
  • Top 4 finishes – 48/137 (35.04%)