Alex Dunn Racing Weekly Report (13th - 19th December)


A big effort paid off at Taunton, with a winner and a narrow second as well as another winner later in the week at Southwell. This week there is the upcoming Christmas break with racing recommencing Boxing Day, therefore will we will have a big flat entry at Wolverhampton on the 26th and 27th as well as some jumps entries.

Round up of runners

We only ran at one days jump racing, with 6 runners at Taunton. Champagneforoscar was the first of the 6, but wasn’t able to complete. Envole Toi was next, and took advantage of his opponents’ lack of experience making all and doing enough in the middle of the race to put too big a gap between himself and a fast closing field. This was Envole Toi’s third race for us, having run from the front on his debut and just not having the legs at the end. Whilst on his second run he was held up over a slightly longer trip, not enjoying the experience, making the return to his debut tactics a success. There were a further three runners in a handicap hurdle being, Truckers Tangle, Cool Macavity and Maraakib. Maraakib, finished down the field with Cool Macavity finishing midfield. Truckers Tangle on the other hand after 401 days off, ran a storming race to finish a much unexpected second. He was kept wide throughout and turning in looked ominous, however the winner had a little more in the tank and used this to his advantage. This was a great return for trucker and bodes well for the future. Getadollar was the last of the six and looked to be going well enough for most of the race, however coming to the home straight she began to weaken and finished a distant 6th, she will now be turned out to grass to come back in later in the spring.

De Little Engine made his return at Kempton, after a little break, running prominently for most of the race and only just tiring towards the end. He may make a return to Wolverhampton after Christmas. Speaking of Wolverhampton, French Mix visited the race course on Monday running a strong race to finish 5th. She drew an unfavourable draw, and broke steadily having to go wide round the final bend ultimately costing her ground to finish an extremely narrow fifth.

Azari, the last runner of the weak made it a winning end at Southwell on the flat. He broke slowly, yet Rossa Ryan made sure he got to the front and kept him there throughout getting twice headed at the end to hang on by a neck. It has taken a long time to get to grips with Azari, who has come down the weights and managed to take advantage of this mark and can hopefully follow up again upon this success.

News in racing

Southwell racecourse has been in the midst of its latest project, erecting night lighting for evening races. It was planned for the first of these new fixtures to commence in January, however this has been postponed a month with more delays a possibility, but by no means certain.

Last of all is to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Statistical Summary

Jumps 18/19

  • Earnings - £69,532
  • Wins - 7
  • Top 4 finishes – 34/95 (35.79%)

Flat 18

  • Earnings - £115,179
  • Wins – 15
  • Top 4 finishes – 58/185 (31.35%)

Azari at Southwell