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More of the same at Addington

By Matt Markham

The normal and expected returned to Addington Raceway last night.

Dexter Dunn went home with four winners and Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen won another juvenile race - just another night at harness racing's South Island headquarters really.

And while Dunn winning four races is no real surprise….the fact one didn’t come from talented filly On The Town, was.

The Oaks bound pacing filly was subjected to some hefty attention from punters throughout the day, but after being placed three back the fence luck never fell her way and she finished a tragedy bashed – hard on the back of Joey Maguire.

Dunn did get the job done on a couple of other Cran Dalgety runners however, saluting with Storm Maguire and Digital Art.

The latter was incredible considering two weeks ago he dropped out at the 600 metres in an amateur drivers’ race.

Patiently handled by Dunn he stormed home over the top of a much better field than that which he faced a fortnight ago – looking every bit a horse who will win another race at short notice.

Our leading reinsman also handled the royally bred Belle’s Son – a half-brother to red-hot trotter Stent – for Kevin Chapman and he also gave Andrew Faulks his first Addington winner from his new training base at Burnham when Alvira Hest boomed home over the top of them at big odds in the penultimate event of the night.

Yet while Dunn’s deeds in the sulky were better than commendable, Chase The Dream’s win in the New Zealand Yearling Sales Graduate stole the show.

The Young Guns winner of not even a week ago overcame a quiet week in which he travelled back from Auckland – a decent effort for a baby pacer.

But if it was supposed to leave him vulnerable then Natalie Rasmussen never showed any signs of concern.

The speedy colt took the entire length of the Addington straight to run down a game Alta Las Vegas – impressing his driver in the process.

“He really wanted to win out there tonight,’’ Rasmussen said.

“People shouldn’t take it lightly either because he’s had a pretty big week for a two-year-old.’’

Unbeaten now in four starts, Chase the Dream is on song to content for top honours in the two-year’s old trotting ranks at the end of the season.

He won with Storm Maguire and Digital Art for Cran Dalgety and picked up wins for Kevin Chapman on Belle’s Son and Andrew Faulks with Alvira Hest - the latter of which at odds of $20-to-one.

It was Dunn at his best, following on from his World Drivers’ Championship and Auckland Cup victories.