ALEX DUNN RACING WEEKLY REPORT (27th June – 3rd July)

Introduction

Sigrid Nansen does it once again, bolting up at Bath this time under Apprentice Cieren Fallon and defying her five pound penalty. Abroad Gendarme picked up a place and at home the surface is being laid onto the new circular gallop.

Round Up of runners

Mr Minerals got the week under way at Leicester, but it wasn’t the result we wanted. He failed to ease himself down on the quicker ground and so finished in the later midfield.

Gendarme ran next at Argentan and he ran far better than at Beverley the week before, the ground had far less cut in it and this suited him perfectly. Hannah jumped him off well to sit prominently tracking the leader and turning in held every chance. Hannah had the favourite boxed in despite much swearing (unfortunately Hannah doesn’t speak French!),  but he just wasn’t able to carry his challenge in the final furlong as the winner went four lengths clear and second to fourth finishing in a heap, us unfortunately fourth. With hindsight the Beverley run probably cost us second, but none the less we still ran a good race.

A day later at Wolverhampton, Hannah had to race it back and did in the end make it in time to ride Diamond Reflection. Unfortunately this was in vain as Diamond ran a much laboured race and so will have to investigate what went wrong. Sarosota on the other hand ran earlier on in the card and ran well. She was the first of our three Ascot purchases to debut for the yard and so there was huge anticipation. Sarasota blew us away with her run, leading well into the straight and looked to be winning easily, when all of the sudden the chasing pack were carried wide opening a humongous door for the rear dwelling Mister Music to come through and nab us near the finish. Mister Music is rated 84, 23 pounds higher than Sarasota, but was only carrying two pounds more. This gives us great hope for the future and she is for sale to stay in the yard.

Tuesday was a busy day at Chepstow with four runners and it was brilliant to get no less than 13 of you there. De Little Engine and Reshaan ran first in the six O’clock and both were told to be prominent which they both were.  Reshaan kept on well but just faded in the final furlong to be seventh whilst Engine kept on well to the line to be fourth. This race was not without controversy as the loose horse did his best to take out the winner in the final furlong, but there was just enough room for both to manoeuvre. However the star of the night was definitely Jupiter. He ran so well and looked as if he was about to take up the lead in the final furlong, however he just hung left and was then pulled left for room and ended up finishing on the far side of the track. Given he started from stall 17 this was a huge amount of ground to give away and leaves me confident for the future. Gang Warfare brought the day to a close, but a slow jump saw his race slip away and so we may look to a hurdle entry to liven him up a bit.

Hollander ran with credit at Kempton Wednesday, the first time cheek pieces seemingly working. He stayed on well to the line despite hanging slightly in the closing stages, picking up a place close to the line.

However I have very much saved the best till last, courtesy of Sigrid Nansen’s win at Bath. After her win at Brighton we were very much expecting her to follow up under a penalty and she duly obliged by a dominant 5 lengths. We were two pounds ahead of the handicapper under out penalty and I expect we will go up a chunk again for her win. We have had to be very patient with her, arriving nearly a year ago, but the rewards have come and hopefully a hat trick bid is now on.

Open Day

The team in the yard is busy hacking away at every piece of vegetation in preparation for our open day. The gallop and schooling ring are coming along nicely, as well as the flower beds having some TLC. We hope that the good weather will hold and Tom is very busy buying the Pimms for you all!

Statistical Summary

Jumps 19/20

Earnings - £14,957

Wins - 2

Top 4 finishes – 10/21 (47.62%)

Flat 19

Earnings - £123,575

Wins – 17

Top 4 finishes –69/166 (41.57%)

Year 2019

            Earnings - £166,194

            Wins - 20

            Top 4 finishes – 98/245 (40%)

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