ALEX DUNN RACING WEEKLY REPORT (2nd-8th May)

Introduction

A great week on the flat coming home with another two winners, but an agonising one over obstacles seeing two wins slip through our fingers. That said two thirds of our runners finished in the top four and our flat top four percentage now sits in excess of 40%.

Round Up of runners

It was great to get on the score sheet again, courtesy of Panatos and Gendarme. Panatos was allowed to make all at Chepstow, and he took advantage of this gift in good style. A yard debut on turf did the trick and he had a comfortable two lengths between himself and the field. Each one had a chance to battle with him, but none could ever get in front and he stayed on well to the line.

Gendarme built on his third over course and distance last time, to win like we thought he would last time by a handsome 1 ½ lengths. The first time blinkers seem to have done the trick, with him finishing off his race much better. Hopefully he can continue to build on what is now two good runs and maybe another return to Bath will be on the cards. The Eagle’s Nest bided to follow up on Panatos’ success, but the trip possibly got the better of him, being the furthest he has run over on turf.

Our two jumps runners, both proved difficult to watch. Tsundoku was robbed of a worthy victory at Fakenham having the run of the race out in front and putting the whole field to the sword, yet a small slip up on the final bend turned a 2 length lead into a 1 length deposit on the short run in. Foxy Lass to at Fontwell looked to have at worst a second, but a likely win in the bag when falling three out four lengths clear. It was so hard to watch these two mares try their hearts out, yet come away without the win and so hopefully with some R&R we will get them back on the course again in the same vein of form.

News in Racing

Ruby Walsh a legend to racing and the Cheltenham Festival’s most winning jockey has retired. John and I were watching Ruby riding aboard Kemboy, whilst at Bath, debating whether Ruby would retire at Punchestown or not. Despite saying he would, it was still a shock to hear the news and am glad he has been able to retire on his own terms.

Statistical Summary

Jumps 19/20

Earnings - £1,063

Wins - 0

Top 4 finishes – 1/2 (50%)

Flat 19

Earnings - £92,768

Wins – 13

Top 4 finishes –46/114 (40.35%)

Year 2019

            Earnings - £117,444

            Wins - 14

            Top 4 finishes – 64/172 (37.21%)

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Panatos at Chepstow 

 

 

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champagne for Gendarme

ALEX DUNN RACING WEEKLY REPORT (25th April – 1st May)

Introduction

What a week: that’s £100,000 in prizemoney in the bag for 2019, two great wins on the flat and 75% of our runners finishing in the first three.

Round Up of runners

The end of the jumps season meant that the only action we were able to put on was on the flat, though I’m not going to grumble if that means 75% first three finisher from six in eight runners.

Thahab Ifraj finally put it all together on the flat to reel in the front two in a slow motion finish. His recent run over fences has done wonders for his fitness and the pace of the race set it up perfectly for him. Hopefully his handicap mark will go up a couple of pounds now and so make it easier for him to get into handicaps. 

Waqt joined the winning party, winning by a solid length which was also his first success on turf. This was his second success since joining the yard, the other coming on the all-weather at Lingfield. Brighton is proving to be a successful track for us and hopefully we can bang in some more winners there this year.

The British Lion tried hard to make it a double at Brighton, but despite being upsides the winner and battling away in the final furlongs he just couldn’t find that little extra and so finished a very respectable third. The first time tongue-tie seemed to be of beneficial use and he produces similar performances in the future then a win is likely.

Brighton was again the destination for two more of our runners a day later. Sigrid Nansen was the first to go, but was rather unfortunate to run up against a very well handicapped winner who won by an impressive nine lengths, and so Sigrid did just enough to take second without being bottomed. This was her third placed effort in a row and shows she is on the correct path. Hollander ventured out a little later, but finished 7th beaten 5 lengths. He weakened over the last furlong, but the last furlong at Brighton is a stiff climb and so maybe he needs carrying home downhill.

Two thirds at Bath closed the blanket on a great weak for West Buckland. Cry Wolf made it 15/16 first four starts since joining 11 months ago, picking up a third in a four runner contest. Hopefully he will be dropped a few pounds to help him in his future endeavours, but he has been an absolute star and hopefully can pick up another 15 top four finishes. Gendarme looked to be the winner for most of the way when turning in, but just didn’t have the toe to put the race to bed and so finished 3 lengths third. 

End of the 2018/19 Jumps season

Sandown has once again brought down the curtain on another fantastic jumps season. We finished just shy of £100,000, but like many other trainers lost out to the equine influenza robbing us of a weeks’ worth of racing and a rainless summer that kept horses in stables. Despite this we still finished with a top four finishing rate of 34.81%.

We said goodbye to one of our legends this year in Helium, but that has not meant he has finished his time at West Buckland. We decided to retire him on a winner at Market Rasen and have had great fun from over his fifty races, including six wins. He now takes on the role as string leader for the young horse that we have coming through.

Polo the Mumm finished the season well, picking up £16,661 and finishing on a chase mark of 87. We’ll have some good fun with him this summer. We have two nice young winners in Envole Toi and Swift Crusador, which makes us hopeful for 2019/20

We plan to recruit at the upcoming sales a crew of summer jumpers, to make we do even better than next year.

Statistical Summary

Jumps 18/19

Earnings - £95,959

Wins - 8

Top 4 finishes – 55/158 (34.81%)

Flat 19

Earnings - £86,258

Wins – 11

Top 4 finishes –43/110 (39.09%)

Total 2019

            Earnings - £109,871

            Wins - 12

            Top 4 finishes – 60/166 (36.14%)

Issue 38 ALEX DUNN RACING WEEKLY REPORT (18th – 24th April)

 

Introduction

De Little Engine makes it our tenth win for 2019, under both flat and jumps. The horses have run well this week with a furthersix top four finishes on top of Engine’s win, and we are just short of breaking £100,000 for 2019.

Round Up of runners

Fourteen runners were sent out this week, ten on the flat and four over jumps. Of those we saw a good return with half of which finishing in the top four.

De Little Engine got a well deserved victory  to right a huge wrong, when his win was stolen from him on the line at Wolverhampton last month by winning at Brighton. This marked another occasion as it was Rossa Ryan’s 100th ride for us and it was great to cement this in such a way. This was his only his second start on turf and he won in commanding style, taking it up from the mid-way point to be pushed out to the line with a little to spare. This performance opens up so many doors for Engine, since this proves he can perform on both surfaces and so doubles the number of races we can be confident that he can run in.

Rogue’s long awaited debut finally arrived, though the performance was sadly marred by a nasty incident towards the end of the race. Even though we were fortunate to inherit third place, it was a more than encouraging performance. At home we know he has speed, as he has demonstrated it more than once on the gallops, but you are always keen to see how this can be turned into results on the course. Finishing 1 ¾ lengths down was a solid performance, he shaped up well approaching the final 2 furlongs but wasn’t able to quicken and so just lost out at the end. All said this performance bodes well for the future.

The ever consistent Cry Wolf finished yet again in the top four, with a solid fourth at Bath. It was slightly unusual to see him upset in the stalls, though this wasn’t helped by the runner beside him being withdrawn. He came to challenge well with 2 furlongs to go, but couldn’t quite sustain that in his final furlong. I keep saying it, but he really has been a superb purchase and continues to run with credit.

Gang Warfare had a tough task at Southwell to defy top weight, ultimately just getting the better of him. Distress flairs started to appear half a mile out, but Gang stuck to the task at hand to make sure he beat a third of the field to be sixth.

Waqt was looking to make a return to winning ways back at Wolverhampton. It was frustrating to lose third on the line, but he was in the right place towards the front the whole way and so finishing in the places was a step back in the right direction. 

However, in the jumps scene it was a week full of promise. Polo the Mumm looked to have done enough at Fontwellwhen approaching the second last, but could not quite pick up to put the race to bed and so had to settle for second place. This was Polo’s third run at Fontwell, and it was the third time that he has run out of petrol on the climb to the line. Fontwellhas a stiff uphill finish and so some horses love it, whilst others detest it. Polo was unfortunately taken on too soon, resulting in him as the racing post put it not seen at his best due to doing a lot in the middle of the race with the winner coming from off the pace.

Broke away on just her second start in handicap company, posted a marvellous performance bringing home a third from Taunton. She just wasn’t quite as fluent as the others two out, making a small mistake that I wouldn’t go as far to say that cost her the win, but would have put us closer. She will continue to run through the summer and hopefully put more of these performances on paper.

Statistical Summary

Jumps 18/19

Earnings - £95,959

Wins - 8

Top 4 finishes – 55/158 (34.81%)

Flat 19

Earnings - £74,398

Wins – 9

Top 4 finishes –37/102 (36.27%)

Total 2019

Earnings - £98,010.33

Wins - 10

Top 4 finishes – 54/158 (34.18%)

Issue 38 ALEX DUNN RACING WEEKLY REPORT (18th – 24th April)

 

Introduction

De Little Engine makes it our tenth win for 2019, under both flat and jumps. The horses have run well this week with a furthersix top four finishes on top of Engine’s win, and we are just short of breaking £100,000 for 2019.

Round Up of runners

Fourteen runners were sent out this week, ten on the flat and four over jumps. Of those we saw a good return with half of which finishing in the top four.

De Little Engine got a well deserved victory  to right a huge wrong, when his win was stolen from him on the line at Wolverhampton last month by winning at Brighton. This marked another occasion as it was Rossa Ryan’s 100th ride for us and it was great to cement this in such a way. This was his only his second start on turf and he won in commanding style, taking it up from the mid-way point to be pushed out to the line with a little to spare. This performance opens up so many doors for Engine, since this proves he can perform on both surfaces and so doubles the number of races we can be confident that he can run in.

Rogue’s long awaited debut finally arrived, though the performance was sadly marred by a nasty incident towards the end of the race. Even though we were fortunate to inherit third place, it was a more than encouraging performance. At home we know he has speed, as he has demonstrated it more than once on the gallops, but you are always keen to see how this can be turned into results on the course. Finishing 1 ¾ lengths down was a solid performance, he shaped up well approaching the final 2 furlongs but wasn’t able to quicken and so just lost out at the end. All said this performance bodes well for the future.

The ever consistent Cry Wolf finished yet again in the top four, with a solid fourth at Bath. It was slightly unusual to see him upset in the stalls, though this wasn’t helped by the runner beside him being withdrawn. He came to challenge well with 2 furlongs to go, but couldn’t quite sustain that in his final furlong. I keep saying it, but he really has been a superb purchase and continues to run with credit.

Gang Warfare had a tough task at Southwell to defy top weight, ultimately just getting the better of him. Distress flairs started to appear half a mile out, but Gang stuck to the task at hand to make sure he beat a third of the field to be sixth.

Waqt was looking to make a return to winning ways back at Wolverhampton. It was frustrating to lose third on the line, but he was in the right place towards the front the whole way and so finishing in the places was a step back in the right direction. 

However, in the jumps scene it was a week full of promise. Polo the Mumm looked to have done enough at Fontwellwhen approaching the second last, but could not quite pick up to put the race to bed and so had to settle for second place. This was Polo’s third run at Fontwell, and it was the third time that he has run out of petrol on the climb to the line. Fontwellhas a stiff uphill finish and so some horses love it, whilst others detest it. Polo was unfortunately taken on too soon, resulting in him as the racing post put it not seen at his best due to doing a lot in the middle of the race with the winner coming from off the pace.

Broke away on just her second start in handicap company, posted a marvellous performance bringing home a third from Taunton. She just wasn’t quite as fluent as the others two out, making a small mistake that I wouldn’t go as far to say that cost her the win, but would have put us closer. She will continue to run through the summer and hopefully put more of these performances on paper.

Statistical Summary

Jumps 18/19

Earnings - £95,959

Wins - 8

Top 4 finishes – 55/158 (34.81%)

Flat 19

Earnings - £74,398

Wins – 9

Top 4 finishes –37/102 (36.27%)

Total 2019

Earnings - £98,010.33

Wins - 10

Top 4 finishes – 54/158 (34.18%)