Day At The Track

Dunn brothers rein home Group One winners

02:56 AM 06 May 2013 NZST
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Dunn brothers Natalie Rasmussen
Dunn brothers - John (left), Dexter (right)
Natalie Rasmussen - Not her best drive yet!

Brothers John and Dexter Dunn for the first time ever both reined home Group One winner in the same night at Friday’s (May 3) feature Alexandra Park meeting.

Just a fortnight ago the talented brothers reined home Group winners on the same card for the first time when John won the Southern Supremacy aboard Elios and Dexter the Southland Oaks with Safedra but Friday amazingly saw them go one better again.

John won his Group One on Venus Serena, who wiped her opponents off the court with a dazzling 5 and ¾ length win, before Dexter claimed the Group One messenger on the freakish Christen Me who once again brained his rivals.

John also partnered Bobby Breen to win on the night matching Dexter who had already won on Carpenters Daughter.

Dexter currently holds an easy lead in the premiership, while John is an improving fifth.


Four-time Interdominion winning reinswoman Natalie Rassmusen has been suspended up to and including the 28th of July for failing to give Best Deal Yet the full opportunity to finish in the best position.

The suspension comes at a bad time for Rasmussen, meaning she will miss both the premier racing at Addington that is approaching as well as the Harness Jewels meeting.


Stewards questioned N. Rasmussen, the driver of BEST DEAL YET, regarding the tactics she adopted between the 1400 metres and the 400 metres when electing to remain positioned four deep on the running line when it was possible for her to improve outwards and follow JASON RULZ in the race and from there gain an unobstructed run into the race.

Ms Rasmussen explained that she felt her best option was to remain on the pylons throughout due to the step up in class but that in hindsight she may have been better to alter her tactics mid race when the opportunity was presented.

Stewards after considering the explanation of Ms Rasmussen issued her with a charge under Rule 868(2). The details of which alleged that she had in the middle stages of this race failed to take all measures available to her that were both reasonable and permissible to ensure BEST DEAL YET was given full opportunity to finish in the best finishing position. Ms Rasmussen admitted the breach. After hearing all submissions on penalty the JCA suspended Ms Rasmussen's horsewoman's licence from the conclusion of racing tonight up to and including the 28thof July 2013. In conjunction with this Ms Rasmussen was ordered to pay a fine of $600.


Everyone who knows Natalie Rasmussen knows one of her most endearing traits is her honesty. So typically she is not ducking responsibility for what seems a harsh three month suspension for her drive on Best Deal Yet in the Messenger on Friday. "A shocker'' is how she described her decision to stay on the rail and wait for a late run rather than follow Jason Rulz into the race. The race was complicated by the certainty Christen Me would win leaving many of the other drivers looking for the strongest finish behind him. Natalie is taking a positive view of her activities over the winter -and they are sure to include a 100 per cent effort to advance the standing of All Stars-maybe even as stable foreman as some stable wit suggests. Who knows?

The race in question


***METICULOUS has sometimes been the truant among the All Stars juvenile team but after a bold trials run last week it was surprising he ran to a $4.10 dividend beating stablemate Someardensomewhere at Ashburton on Sunday home in 27. Fourth in the Sapling Stakes on the course, he was given the run of the race by Mark, rushed up to lead while his stablemate was clearing the passing lane, and was simply too good jogging home in 1.55.6. It moved him into 4th on the list for the Jewels. Meticulous, a relatively expensive yearling, was headed for an operation on his manhood after a couple of headstrong episodes but Mark and the team seem to have worked the oracle. SOMEARDENSOMEWHERE was keen in the trail and a touch green when he went to take a passing lane for the first time. He got home well and with his abundance of speed will soon make his mark.

***BLAIR ORANGE won half of the first six races at Addington and set a record when budding champion filly Adore Me paid $1 to win. It is certain that this has never happened to a Mark Purdon runner before and it is as rare as hen's teeth in any stable in any code in New Zealand racing history. She paid the same for a place. Blair had rated her as a "10'' out of 10 leading into the race and she looked a 12 out of 10 about 100m after the start. The Oaks is the target now.

Blair had to call on experience to get WHISPER JET home to land the treble and push his season total closer to 60. Due to scratchings, Whisper Jet ended up behind a "gate walker'' from the inside of the second row and then Blair was forced to make his move earlier than he planned, running up to pacemaker and horse to beat Tiger Tara at the 600m. The rival was brave but Blair always seemed likely to come out on top in the straight giving ALL STARS its fourth win on the night.


Majestic Son continued to lead the way as the sire of two-year-old trotters in New Zealand when he sired the winner of Friday night's Alexandra Park two-year-old Trot as well as the Quinella of the juvenile trot at Addington.

One Over Da Moon, carried on from his impressive Trotting Stakes victory by easily accounting for his rivals in the North, before Daenery's Targaryen and Majestic Time asserted their class over five other opponents at Addington.

Other two-year-olds by Majestic Son include the very talented but now sidelined Not About The Money.

Daenery's Targaryen who is owned by ‘Mr. two-year-old trotter himself', Trevor Casey, is a half-sister to Springbank Sam, who finished second in the Rowe Cup later on in the night.


Former New Zealand Cup winning trainer/driver Richard Brosnan is recovering in Hospital after smashing his hip on Monday.

"I was shoeing a young one and it knocked me over and I went down on the concrete," said Brosnan.

"I've had surgery and that all went well", he added.

"I'm hoping they will release me tonight but I think it's more than likely they will keep me in for another day."

"I'm not allowed to put weight on it for six weeks and then after that I have to be cautious and get used to putting weight on it again for another six weeks."

It is likely that Brosnan will be absent from raceday driving for a period of around three months.


John Dunn- Venus Serena

Deter Dunn- Christen Me

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