Dexter Dunn has harness racing fans on their hands and knees. The only person not applauding him is the poor guy who has to write the record books, as he is sick and tired of having to update them all the time.
In the 2008-2009 season while still a junior driver, Dunn set the record for the most win’s in a season and in the process became the first horseman to drive over 200 winners in a season. His staggering 204 wins, eclipsed both Maurice Mckendry’s record 161 wins for harness, and Lisa Cropp’s record 197 wins in the thoroughbred code.
This tremendous achievement earned him the 2009 Canterbury Sportsman of the year title over All Blacks captain Ritchie McCaw and Black Sticks defender Bradley Shaw.
The following season the record book writer had the pencil and rubber out again to update the book’s when “Double Dee” replaced his previous record with 220 wins.
Last season Dunn missed the first month of the season when away in America competing in the World Driver’s Championship, but still managed to chalk up a handy 198 wins, and break the $2 million-dollar stakes' barrier for the first time ever.
Tonight (Friday November 30) at his favourite track (Addington Raceway) Dunn became the youngest ever New Zealand driver (aged 23) to drive 1000 winners surpassing Mark Jones, who achieved the feat at age 29 by six years.
Dunn bought up win 999 at Alexandra Park on his father’s horse Jivin Cullen on Friday November 23, but then went winless at both Oamaru and Motukarara, with well known bloodstock agent and Motukarara Racing Club President Paul Davies quipping towards the end of his meeting that it had taken Dexter longer to get his last winner than it had to win his first 999.
The drought, if you can call it that, was well and truly over tonight when Dunn piloted the Kevin Townley trained No Potato to success in the opening event.
Dunn showed true professionalism holding the inexperienced trotter together right to the line, before punching the air with excitement. Dunn has formed a strong partnership with Townley in recent seasons, which includes taking out the Sires Stakes 2yo Trot champs (Gr2) with Sheemon.
Dexter was full of praise for his parents Robert and Rose (Dunn), boss Cran Dalgety and anyone else that has supported him over the past seven seasons following his milestone success.
by Mitchell ROBERTSON
Dexter Dunn achieving his 1,000th career win behind the Kevin Townley trained No Potato: