Harness racing driver John Dunn enjoyed success at both ends of the country during the weekend.
Firstly, Dunn reined top four-year-old Elios to an emphatic win in his dress rehearsal to next’s weeks Taylor Mile at Alexandra Park on Friday. He then jetted off to Gore early on Saturday morning to steer No Doctor Needed to an all-of-the-way win the re-run of the Group 3 Alabar Southern Supremacy. Incidentally, Dunn was successful in last year’s Southern Supremacy with Elios, giving him back-to-back victories in the Group Two feature.
"In a way we were lucky that race was abandoned at Invercargill because we drew the outside of the second row and once Messini got to the front we virtually had no show of winning. So I was happy they re-ran the race and we got a decent draw on the front line," said Dunn.
After working forward three wide to take over from stablemate Return To Sender, Dunn enjoyed a good early run in the van. Then with just over a lap to go, Bettor Buy It, Messini and Jango Fett all improved three wide. As Bettor Buy It was about to take up the parked position at the 800 metres he broke, and disrupted four of the back runners.
The race then turned into a two horse war between the Dunn trained No Doctor Needed and the Purdon-Rasmussen trained Messini, however it was the rangy son of Mach Three and star mare Molly Darling who came up trumps.
Dunn said that No Doctor Needed, who is now fifth on the Harness Jewels leaderboard, was still learning the racing game and had goofed around a bit in front but really knuckled down to his task when challenged by Messini on the bend.
No Doctor Needed was bred by Scott Plant who shares in the ownership with his son Greg, daughter Nicola, Steve Stockman and former race caller Albie Gain.
No Doctor Needed is the second foal from the Group One winning mare Molly Darling. Her first foal is 3-win pacer I Cee U Darling, who was born three weeks premature and went into care. Her second foal was healthy, hence the name ‘No Doctor Needed’.
By Mitchell Robertson