Dunn's day at Ashburton
NZ HARNESS NEWS
Trainer Robert Dunn enjoyed a big day out at the Ashburton Cup meeting when notching a winning treble.
Dunn scored victories on Sunday with Tyron Bettor’s Ella, Kotare Yolande and Spot On.
The trainer’s winning roll started when talented three-year-old filly, Kotare Yolande, scored a maiden victory on debut.
Winning three trials leading in to her first race meant the pacer started with a short $1.70 winning price and a reputation to match.
Kotare Yolande justified both of those with a comfortable victory for driver John Dunn.
“She had big wraps before she came to us, Mark Smolenski had her for three preps,” Robert Dunn said.
“Her owner, Tony Abel, told us that he thought a lot of her.”
“Since she had been in the stable she has looked like a really nice horse.”
“She has got a lot of upside to her, that is for sure.”
Tyron Bettor’s Ella increased her future value as a broodmare when running to a 1-53.4 mile (1609m) win in mares company on Sunday.
The six-year-old was aided by a perfectly timed drive from John Dunn.
He waited until Tyron Bettor’s Ella was well in to the Ashburton straight until peeling her off the back of the winner and runner-up, Tact Maggie, to launch her winning run.
The half-neck victory was in stark contrast to the shocker Tyron Bettor’s Ella ran on Show Day.
The Dunn stable have worked to build the horse’s form back up since then and were rewarded when she produced a career-best performance on Sunday.
“On Show Day she went terrible and started stopping after a lap when she was crook.”
“So, we took her back to the grass tracks and she loves them and she has just got better and better.”
“She has certainly turned the corner now, it is great for the owners, the Neumanns, because they are such great supporters of the stable.”
The Robert and John Dunn training and driver combination scored the easiest of their three wins when Spot On ran to a five-length victory.
The Art Major pacer produced a gritty effort after being left parked for much of the last lap of his 2400m event.
Dunn runners featured in the Ashburton Cup finish, but were denied a win by the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained pacer Funatthebeach.
The four year-old left his rivals with few excuses when he ran to a gritty victory.
Not even sitting parked for the last 2000m of 3200m feature was not enough to stop the pacer from scoring.
Dunn trained placegetters - runner-up, Alta Maestro, and third placegetter, Letspendanitetogetha - peeled out with good finishes in the straight.
But, they could not get past the Funatthebeach, who fought hard under the urgings of driver Tim Williams.
The favourite, Sherrif, looked to have few excuses.
The four-year-old battled in to fifth placing after getting a soft lead through the first half of the race.