ALEX DUNN RACING WEEKLY REPORT (11th – 17th July)

Introduction

Sigrid Nansen has become the first horse of 2019 to complete a hat trick, courtesy of a dominant display at Chepstow, now lying level on wins for 2019 with Waqt. There were further good runs from Guaracha and Ramblow. Zara performed outstandingly at Bath on one of her first days out at the races and I have two new purchases to introduce to you, brought at Ascot this week. 

Round Up of runners

As mentioned Sigrid dominated the field at Chepstow to win by a well eased 2 lengths. Sigrid has been a great project to work on and when she went to post at Bath last month I was hopeful that that would be her day. When she won I knew we could double it up and then the way she won second led me to believe that the hat trick was very much on. Obviously she has now jumped up nearly 20 pounds in the handicap, and one expects life to be a little tougher, but for me and the racing club the dream can hopefully continue.

Unfortunately for Polo the Mumm, we elected to take a lead and that turned out to be the wrong decision. They went at a crawl, which hindered his jumping and destroyed his race, though with a properly run contest I have no doubt in his ability.

We took three runners to Bath on Tuesday, Gendarme being our first runner. The pace was a very strong one from the get go and this was to our disadvantage, going up half a mile on his last few runs. He seemed to look dangerous turning in, though his run seemed to fade turning in with so few runners and so dwindled to fifth. Our other two runners ran head to head in the five o’clock. The British Lion suffered from a bad draw and never really got into affairs. Ramblow on the other hand ran superbly, tracking the leaders and coming with a run in the finish. She was blocked no less than three times on the run to the line and if not for this would have gone close. Despite this she finished only 3 ½ lengths off the winner.

Apologies to Sigrid, but I was actually most revved up by Guaracha this week, finishing second at Wolverhampton. This horse is such a ‘dude’ and has been with me for many years, indeed such is his attachment that he has become a family pet back in Worcestershire with my parents. Firstly I was astounded at his SP, since his previous two runs were good enough and suggested he wanted further. He took command of the race early on and ran the race to his pace, turning the final bend I thought we were in, but alas there was one better. I love this horse a lot and was very proud of him. 

We further ran a new horse at Wolverhampton, Over the River, bred by the Dyer family and making her debut. Although she is still green, she was extremely brave in the starting stalls with her neighbouring horse playing up to epic proportions, resulting in her being in the stalls for an excessive amount of time and denting her race. I wouldn’t go as far to say it cost her a win, but it did cost her a lot of ground and a chance to be in the bunch and so this I regret. A clean run next time will be intriguing.

In the yard

Bath was a busy day for Zara and James with three runners to get ready. Zara who is nervously awaiting her GCSE results, was working one of her first days at the races and did amazingly despite having two runners in the race. She is a credit to the yard and it will hopefully be no time at all until she can start to drive the boxes. 

Ascot Sales

Born To Reason (IRE) 2014 B.G.                                                                                                         BY Born To Sea (IRE) EX Laureldean Lady (IRE)

This 5yo has a flat future very much in mind. He has been placed on his last four starts now on a mark of 46, winning of a career high of 55. Born to Sea is for sale to stay in the yard.

Canford's Joy (IRE) 2015 B.G.                                                                                                              BY Canford Cliffs (IRE) EX Joyful (IRE)

This 4 yo formely of Amy Murphy’s yard, won on his last start at Brighton off a mark of 63 and now raised to 66. Twice a winner at 2yo, he gained an opening mark of 82 before as mentioned wining again. We aim to continue his flat trajectory and build upon his sprinting success. Canford’s Joy is for sale to stay in the yard.

Statistical Summary

Jumps 19/20

Earnings - £19,986

Wins - 3

Top 4 finishes – 11/24 (45.83%)

Flat 19

Earnings - £131,036

Wins – 18

Top 4 finishes –75/177 (42.37%)

Year 2019

            Earnings - £181,252

            Wins - 22

            Top 4 finishes – 106/261 (40.61%) 



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