ALEX DUNN RACING WEEKLY REPORT (17th-23rd January)

Introduction

A much quieter week this time round with just 4 runners over fences. Envole Toi backed up his recent win with a solid performance to finish 3rd at Wincanton, whilst Black Narcissus and Tulsa Jack made their seasonal debuts and Sweet Obsession made her full debut. Shinghari will be the next flat runner for the yard on Thursday after no flat representatives this time round and Tom and I are off to Doncaster sales to see if we can bring some horses back with us.

Round Up of runners

Envole Toi backed up the form of his previous win with a solid 3rd at Wincanton. The winner Elusive Belle was brought recently for £180,000 and was second on its’ last run in a listed bumper, whilst the second Thistle Do Nicely fetched £80,000 also. There was no shame in getting beaten by these two horses, if anything it shows how well Envole Toi has done and he comfortably beat the horses behind. He led most of the way and was only headed on the turn in, he is a great horse to have in the yard and if he can keep these performances up there is surely more success to come in the future.

Black Narcissus ran a pleasing seasonal reappearance at Exeter, jumping off in the rear and making pleasing progress midway but ultimately wasn’t quite able to sustain the challenge on the run in. It was great to finally get her out this season and with some proper rain should relish the heavy ground that must be coming at some point.

Tulsa Jack ran in a blazing hot hunter chase at Warwick on Monday, finishing midfield at the finish. He is another that would prefer it slightly softer, but showed a lot to like about him in the race and fills me with confidence for this season. He jumped very well whilst travelling at a high speed and if he can run to this level consistently in the season then winning should not be a problem for him when the 140/150 horses have more races to spread themselves out over.

News in Racing

The BHA have backed down over their proposed changes to the shoeing rule which was due to come into force at the start of February and has now been put back 6 months pending further research. It is good to see the BHA responding to the opinions of trainers, and hopefully the matter can now be fully resolved with both sides cooperation.

Statistical Summary

Jumps 18/19

Earnings - £74,074

Wins - 7

Top 4 finishes – 39/111 (35.14%)

Flat 19

Earnings - £19,228

Wins – 3

Top 4 finishes – 4/13 (30.77%)

Total 2019

            Earnings - £20,954

            Wins - 3

            Top 4 finishes – 6/22 (27.27%)