Champion harness racing driver Dexter Dunn enjoyed a grand night with the squaregaiters at Alexandra Park, winning both of the Group features for the trotters on the eleven race card.
Combining with ex-pat Kiwi trainer Brent Lilley, Dunn upset some of the more fancied runners with Twentyten in the Hutton Racing Stables Sires Stakes, winning at odds of $15.40.
“The race panned out perfectly but he has won pretty easily on the end,” said Dunn, who positioned the Muscles Yankee three-year-old in the trail behind One Over Da Moon.
He then bursted up the inside when One Over Da Moon went ‘bush’ on the home bend to win comprehensively by 3 & ¼ lengths over Derby winner King Denny and the wayward One Over Da Moon.
Twentyten, who was having his first start for Lilley and his new connections after being purchased out of the All Stars barn, has now won 4 of his 12 starts for stakes over $65,000.
He will now compete in the Trotting Derby next week before rounding out his New Zealand season in the Harness Jewels.
Unfortunately, North Island trotting talent, Tout Noir, who made a break at the 1100 metres, broke down in the event and will need operated on, meaning his season has come to a brutal end.
Dunn then went on to win the Group 3 Greenlane Cup with the Kevin Townley trained Sheemon, adding further to the Rowe Cup puzzle next week.
By Mitchell Robertson