ALEX DUNN RACING WEEKLY REPORT (29th August – 4th September)
Faith in our sales tactics was proven correct once again, this time it was Molaaheth bringing the goodies home. Prior to this we collected another three horses from Worcestershire after summering well in the pastures and on the home front I cannot believe the way in which De Little Engine continues to display his belief that he owns West Buckland!
Round Up of runners
Thursday began with two runners split at Ffos Las and Fontwell. Panatos ran first but wasn’t helped by a stop go pace, he got headed early on and so fell victim to this since he prefers a marathon and not a sprint. Diligent on the other hand was running over fences at Fontwell over a similar distance to last week. I was quietly confident, yet unlike last week he was carrying a much higher weight. He jumped off well and got a nice lead from a keen pace, but probably got brought into the race too early on down the back. The finish comprised of him and one other and Diligent was given first run three out, but the winner challenged two out, winning by 4 ½ l.
Saturday was a more local affair at Newton Abbot. Spring Steel took to the Chase course in good fashion, looming in fourth turning in, unfortunately his run petered and he had to settle for fifth.
Monday was a great day, be it Molaheeth’s day. He was our first runner at Chepstow and boy was it a good start. We elected to cover him up behind early in a bid to settle him, this worked well and he came wide round the field to win by a handsome ½ l. This was his yard debut after being purchased for £8,000 at the start of August and I believe we have only scratched the surface with him. Over to Brighton and De Little Engine was bidding to add another win to his collection. He jumped off well but maybe should’ve have fought harder for the inner upfront, yet he plugged on gaining on up the rise and was cruelly denied second by yet another nose. Back at Chepstow Waqt was next and was running off a much more favourable than his last run at Salisbury. He jumped off well but was allowed to tuck back into the field in the closing stages and had to settle for fifth, hopefully a drop will follow. Gendarme was the last to run, but he couldn’t close the day in the fashion it opened, finishing fourth.
We sent out three runners Wednesday, Diamond Reflection running first at Bath. He dwelt out of the stalls and failed to take a hold of the race. Onto Chelmsford and Roque was running in first time cheek pieces which appeared to compliment him. He led early and was laid up with four furlongs out, but was just flat footed in the final furlong yet was only beaten 3 ¼ l. Last week’s winner Thahab Ifraj closed the week at Chelmsford and I was hopeful, but also aware of the change in surface from Southwell. Southwell is a much slower surface compared to Chelmsford and so has the potential to catch horses out. He settled well for the duration but turning in found nothing, my guess being that the run came too soon rather than the ground change.
As you have seen we have placed Artois into an affordable ownership scheme for just £57 a share. He was brought at the August Doncaster Sales, but was not the only purchase since we also brought Molaaheth from the same sale. Consequently this makes me quietly confident for the future of Artois.
Artois has started just four times on the flat and is yet to run over an obstacle. He won on only his second start under James Doyle and has currently been allocated a mark of 80.
I am terrifically excited for the future of Artois since he has schooled tremendously in our shiny new schooling ring, with positive feedback from Adam Wedge already.
Shares are available and Christmas is only around the corner for stockings …
Earnings - £24,736
Wins - 3
Earnings - £165,905
Wins – 24
Earnings - £227,524
Wins - 28