Action Major dominates with big win at Addington

By Mike Love

Action Major made it two wins from just five starts at Addington last night in what was a dominant victory for Aylesbury trainers Geoff and James Dunn in the Fahey Fence Hire Mobile Pace.

And there are hopes there is plenty more to come for the three-year-old Art Major gelding.

“He looked good. He won really well," says co-trainer James Dunn, “it’s pretty exciting.”

Action Major with driver Blair Orange showed steady gate speed from his wide barrier draw, working forward to lead from the 2000m where they stayed before booting away to win by 3 and a half lengths in a time of 3:13.6 for the 2600m mobile.

“We were confident that he was the best horse in the race tonight. He seems to be a real good stayer, and they went pretty fast.

“We had his brother Triple Rock who won a race for us last year and we sold to Australia. We liked him, Bob (Sandford) bought this one at the sales a year after and we’ve had him ever since.”

Although Action Major is not a great track worker, he shows his true worth when it counts.

“We didn’t really know how good he was. He really surprised us at the premier race night a few starts back where he got checked a couple of times in the run and ran home really well. He just keeps getting better and better. We think he’s got plenty left.”

The more race day experience Action Major has, the more he will benefit and mature into his best self.

“He’s got a lot of energy. He was a handful tonight at the races. We have to work him first in the morning at home otherwise he runs around. He will probably have a few more races before we give him a bit of break over winter and come back in the spring.”

Dunn lines up Millie Lou on Sunday at Rangiora who is not without a chance.

“She’s got a wide draw but we do like her.”

They train a team of 16.

Action Major’s win added to the Dunn family affair last night as Geoff’s brother Robert with co-trainer Jenna Dunn trained four winners at the track with Malakai, Miki’s Courage, Queen Tyron and Sunnys Sister as well as training Always B You to win at Alexandra Park.

Tim Williams drove four winners on the night while Blair Orange grabbed a hat-trick.


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