While we are used to John’s brother Dexter Dunn notching up multiple winners on a premier night of racing, John doing it himself is something that is not quite so common.
However, no one can take away from his brilliant form at Alexandra Park tonight.
Dunn kicked off the night in grand style, combining with father Robert for wins with Return To Sender (Mach Three) and Franco Nelson (Christian Cullen), before stepping it up to the next level and taking out the Group Two Ladyship Stakes with the Geoff Dunn trained superstar filly Venus Serena (Mach Three).
Although punters who backed her into $1.90 favouritism did have a few nervous moments when she was beaten for speed and crossed by Angelina Jolie (David Butcher) with a lap to run.
“That was probably my fault as I was caught napping a bit,” explained Dunn.
“She took a while to wind up when she got the passing lane but she was strong to the line and I think she was holding them,” said Dunn. “It was actually something a bit new for her as last season she was either parked or in front in the majority of her races,” he added.
Lincolns Megastar (Roydon Downey) followed Venus Serena up the passing lane to burst into second for a Mach Three quinella, while Ideal Belle (Zac Butcher) was good in third.
The disappointment of the race was second favourite Millie Sampson who never really seemed happy and faded to finish last.
“I think she has actually come back a bit stronger than last season,” said an ecstatic Dunn.
The win continued what has been a brilliant last year for Venus Serena’s trainer Geoff Dunn.
“I don’t think even Geoff can believe it,” quipped John Dunn. “After years of battling away he is finally getting the success he deserves.”
Just when John Dunn thought things couldn’t get any better, they did.
Replacing Dexter Dunn who is in Perth to drive Bit Of A Legend in tonight’s Golden Nugget, John gave Regulus a beautiful run in the trail before diving up the passing lane to win the $25,000 Northern 3YO Stakes narrowly over Maxim, who was allowed to set the terms in front. The son of Mach Three and Hunter Franco upset at odds of $23.50 and $6.80.
Te Kawau was very game in third, while Sky Major loomed large on the home bend but come to the end of his run in the concluding stages, fading to finish fourth.
Meanwhile champion mare Adore Me continued her rampage, treating her rivals with contempt in the Northern Breeders Stakes, while Easy On The Eye posted an emphatic all of the way win in the feature Group Two Franklin Cup.
*Dunn then went on to win the last race on the card with Elios, giving him five winners for the night.
By Mitchell Robertson